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About Gunter

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    Heat Tempered
  • Birthday 08/27/1985

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  • Location
    Tucson, Arizona (USA)
  • Interests
    Fire Spinner, SCA, Maille Addict, Taiko, Taijutsu
  • Occupation
    Arizona Research Laboratories (Neurobiology Division)
  • The year you started making chainmail
  1. Gunter

    Costume/prop advice

    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4462493 Just like that! Definitely keep us updated with in-progress pics as you build this thing, it sounds cool!
  2. Gunter

    Why no love for Euro 6-in-1?

    16ga 5/16th does look very nice, though, in E6-1 . I just want to add, if you go up several ring sizes and stick with aluminum to save on some weight, you do increase the risk of your final product tearing itself apart as you move. 16ga 5/16 has been okay in a vest for me, but going up to 3/8" of 1/2" could start causing issues when you are running around on the field (not even getting hit). You might also consider integrating patches of E6-1 throughout an E4-1 coat to give a cool look while also reducing weight. Just another option.
  3. Gunter

    Regarding finger ring regidity.

    It depends on your lady, however rings that lay mainly flat are a good bet. European 6-1 feels nice. Make sure to use the smallest rings possible with a nice, tight AR to ensure that it feels silky. More than one row is preferable for E4-1 or E6-1 because it holds its edges better and feels/looks nicer in my opinion. Elfweave/elfsheet has worked for me in the past, though its obviously a bit thicker than a flat EX-1 weave. HP3-1 and HP4-1 are both nice for rings, they are on the thinner side and are only slightly wider than a single ring compared to several rings across like the European variants.
  4. Gunter

    Looking for some selling advice

    Note that there are loads of online tutorials that show you how to make your own light box from a large cardboard box and some paper. If you want to do really cheap you can just use that box out in the sun and forgo buying lamps at all. This does require that you get good sunshine, though. Not something we lack here in Arizona .
  5. Gunter

    byztanine ringcount

    This might help: http://www.zlosk.com/maille/byz2.html Try the ring calculator at the bottom of the page.
  6. Gunter

    Looking for some selling advice

    Realistically, you will not be making the first page of Google using the most common search words like "jewelry", "bracelets" and "beads". Unless you decide to spend a scary amount of money in banner campaigns it is not very likely that you will draw in too many random visitors in the near future. So, do make sure your site follows SEO (search engine optimized) guidelines so you can be found if someone searches for you, but do not worry about getting those random hits just yet. The website is a good addition to your business card. You should be handing out cards with your name, information, and website to as many people as you can afford. This gives you direct hits through those potential customers and anyone else who expresses interest to them. Many have mentioned that they fail to make a sale at a show but the buyer does purchase the item on the website later that week. That is the power of web sales for smaller ventures such as your own. The trick is to make your website as easy to navigate as possible. I won't go into critiquing your current design, but sufficed to say that the trick is to make your site look polished and oriented toward selling quality product. Remember, websites can give first impressions too. I personally dislike the "garage sale" feel of a site and will often not make a purchase unless I have met them personally and know they have quality wares. Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter) are becoming great, free ways to advertise and get people aware that you exist. Try to update your FB/Twitter page at least every other day with something just so people know you are still alive. Avoid spamming your FB link to everyone under the sun because that can be annoying, but promote your services actively. That being said, you already have a blog component built into your site. Use that space to generate unique, useful content so people are driven to your site for more reasons than just to buy some jewelry. There are plenty of articles online about how to increase traffic to your website so you should probably read up on some of that information as well. Driving traffic is a universal challenge for any website. The information applies to you as much as it applies to a big corporation.
  7. Gunter

    3D Printing Process: 'The FOC Punch Bag'

    So what this is really telling us is that its going to be harder to use the "chain maille has to be hand made" argument when we explain prices to our customers? Yay for progress... or something . I don't think we can compete with ~$3000 for a handbag, hehe. Oh well, at least it is really nifty.
  8. Gunter

    SCA Scale...

    The fact that the reply was copy and pasted from Konstantin's reply earlier in the thread threw off a warning flag for me... Hope his project did work out well for him, though. Y'know, I was always under the impression that these TRL scales were pretty much going to get pummeled in SCA heavy combat.
  9. Gunter

    Question about Norse Maille

    Um, "stamped rings" were usually in combination with rivetted rings in alternating rows to save time without sacrificing strength. Cutting your stamped rings defeats the purpose entirely. The rings were also never made of 100% steel. They could create steel rings by "case hardening" high quality iron. This caused the outside layer of iron to turn into steel and this process would then work its way inward. Rings usually maintained an iron core because steel was too brittle and would shatter when hit hard with a weapon, unlike the slightly more malleable steel exterior/iron interior. Of course, this technology was created long after maille was being used on the battlefield. Before then maille was made of the highest quality iron that the smith could find because lower quality iron would not draw down into stable wire (it would break at any place that had imperfections). Just want to clarify that in case someone comes digging through threads later with a different idea in mind. For this purpose, which is not so much historical but just for show, 16 GA 1/4" rings makes a nice, tight looking weave. Generally rivetted or rivetted/stamped hauberks can get away with larger rings without sacrificing strength, which means they weigh less comparatively. If you are using steel butted rings you can make use 16 GA 5/16" as well, though if you use aluminum in that size it may start giving you headaches down the road. 16 GA 1/4" aluminum holds up well. You can get away with 18 GA rings as well if you don't expect to put the piece through a lot of abuse, but 16 GA 1/4" is a good all-around choice. There is little reason to delve into 14 GA steel unless you want to increase the size of your rings to 3/8" and make the whole job speedier. Unfortunately this weave starts to look a little more "open" when it hangs unless you add additional rows to make it look tighter, which also adds weight. A word on making the rivetted maille - I'm gearing up to make rivetted myself, it looks like a lot of fun. However, it does take about eight times as long as normal butted maille in at least one case where the rates were directly measured. It may be overkill for a costume accessory, but at least you can get away with using aluminum which requires far less torch work to anneal the metal.
  10. Gunter

    Different metals

    You "can" use any metal with any other metal. None of the metals are going to explode on contact or anything. From there it is just taste. Base metals (copper, brass, stainless, etc) go fine together. They typically do not get mixed in with silver very much. The exception is copper since that is viewed, in some circles, as a fairly fancy base metal which is acceptable with silver. Bright aluminum and anodized aluminum go well together, they have a similar sheen. Anodized aluminum sometimes looks weird when paired with base metals or silver. Plus, it is a "cheaper" material that does not often go well with expensive materials from a buyer's perspective. Anodized niobium is a great option to add some color to silver. Anodized titanium fits the bill too, though titanium can be hard to work with. Silver and gold are both precious metals and can be used successfully with one another, though some consider "silver + gold" to be less attractive than either metal individually. Enamelled copper can sometimes be used successfully with precious metals but you really need to carefully tread the line between "pretty" and "tacky".
  11. Gunter

    Happy Halloween

  12. Gunter

    In need of assistance

    Barrel and strap should work fine, though more experienced scale users may have some additional tips. I can point you to a pic posted by TRL which shows the general location of some contractions that can help tailor the torso. http://theringlord.com/images/products/scales/contractionssmall.jpg Attaching regular euro-4in1 to scales is pretty straightforward, so you should be good there.
  13. Gunter

    How long does it take to assemble

    Looks pretty much like any other split ring plier I've seen, so I'm sure it will work just fine. Not exactly sure what they "patented" since the technology can be reproduced with a geometric shape, but that's the patent office's issue not ours =).
  14. Gunter

    In need of assistance

    Barrel and strap refers to making what amounts to a cylinder of maille that fits around your torso and then attaching shoulder straps of mail at the top to keep it from falling to your feet. It is the standard method of putting together a basic hauberk. The shoulders can then be filled in and extended into sleeves if desired.
  15. Gunter

    The Beatles Help! Chainmail Inlay

    Hopefully you are not quitting over this inlay. There are about a dozen rings that could be shifted around to make it really consistent, that's all. Inlays take a large amount of work, especially while you are getting used to the idea that you cannot get straight lines in one of the two directions and that row placement is key to a clean finish. I think you've done a great job so far.