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About fng2maille

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 02/04/1939

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  • Biography
    Absolutly new to Maille. I am in awe of the many weavers on this site
  • Location
    Higley AZ-25 mi. ESE of Phoenix .
  • Occupation
    Retired old Fellow=ROF
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    Maximum sizr/AR for HP 4:1

    I have not been here for a while. Deteriorating eye sight and blood pressure meds have taken a lot of my weaving motivation. I still love Maille but...It hurts not being able to weave. Getting older is not a lot of fun but the alternative is not all that enticing ether.<G> Tonight we say what looked lime HP 4:1 on a series on the BBC America. Anyway the rings looked to be 3/32" and about 3/4" which gives an AR of about 8.33. It got me to wondering of there is a maximum AR for HP 4:1 after which the rings will not hold their shape? Thank you Mike
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    Orange Dawn doesn't like copper.

    Konstantin the Red Thank you Sir, for the English lesson. Reminds me of when I was in the navy I would shine my shoes until they shone and glistened like the sun.<G> You Sir, also remind me why I was a physics major. I read your post to my, wife the grammar queen, and she laughed and demanded I sent it to her. In all honesty thank you. Mike S.
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    Orange Dawn doesn't like copper.

    Well what ever it was the rings tarnished up real nice,<G> Thanks for the info I'll pay more attention in the future.
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    Orange Dawn doesn't like copper.

    I had a bunch of old tarnished copper rings I needed to clean up today. So I filled my rotary drum with stainless shot and water and a shot of orange Dawn. What the heck it was Dawn right? Wrong after a few hours I opened the drum and the water was black, the shot was black and the rings were black, worse then before. So I rinsed everything and refilled the drum and put a Tablespoon full of shot cleaner and as an after thought threw the rings in too. I had no idea what the shot cleaner would to to the copper but since I had to cut about 300 more I figured I could coil and cut more if they did not come out O.K. So 5 or so hours later I took a look and the shot was cleaner and the copper just shined. I mean really shined. Better in my estimation then with burnishing compound. I do not know if the subject of orange Dawn and copper has come up before. If so ignore this thread if not I would be interested in others experience is with silver. p.s. I really do know it did not "shined". It "shown", but shined did seem to say how shiny it was. Sometimes correct English just does not do itself justice.
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    Cutting Jump Rings Foredom vs Jump Ringer

    Thank you Martin. I'll take a look there. Mike S.
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    CIR ring size

    I would guess in the short while I've been a member here there have been at least 2 dozen threads on this subject. As best as I remember the answer is use rings with the same outer diameter as the object you are going to capture. I think that came from Phong. I could be wrong. Should I be I am willing to be corrected. The idea makes sense to me but what do I know. Just what may be my faulty memory. Mike
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    Cutting Jump Rings Foredom vs Jump Ringer

    Many of the people who have replied to this thread are pretty knowledgeable. Then there are some like me who was confused. Saw Feet per Minute. Was the speed the coils were fed into the cutter or was it the actual speed of the saw blade as it rotated in feet per minute? So I did some math and Eureka. It is the speed the cutting edge turns in feet per minute. The math for the "Confused" goes this way. Blade diameter in Inches times 3.14(Pi) = edge diameter in inches. Multiply by shaft speed in RPM(Minutes) = cutting edge speed in inches per minute. Divide by 12 = edge speed in feet per minute. O.K. Now I know. How do I determine the blade speed? I remember a strobe device that was variable so the exact speed of a rotating device. The thing was pretty big and awkward. Anyone have any idea what it is called or where I may rent one for a day or so? Thanks Mike
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    looking for snake chain tutorial

    Here is a link to a site with a bunch of tutorials including round mail. I have this one bookmarked. http://home.comcast.net/~grymntl/maille/weavedb.html?present=a
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    What is the best weave for mens jewelry?

    JPL is just a 3:1 spiral with a very tight AR. That being said I am not the weaver just the ring guy. I make them, tumble them, and open them. DW is the weaver. I wanted a big heavy chain and DW decided on JPL. I cut some copper 12AWG 8mm rings. The weave was too loose. AR 3.9. Next I tried a 7.5mm with the same gage. AR 3.5 The weave was absolutely perfect. I would suggest you try a couple of sections of spiral in a looser weave. When you are comfortable with that try doing it in the same way with a tighter AR. Hope this helps with JPL. Mike S.
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    The problem with being an optimist is. No matter what happens you will never be pleasantly surprised.
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    Best pliers for small hands

    The thing to remember about pliers for maille is your comfort. Then kinda cost /value gestimate thing. Is it worth the money to buy the most costly pliers for $60 or so or buy some of Harbor Freights $2 small pliers. Again the biggest part of the equation is comfort. Try the Harbor Freight. Cost $4 You might look for Blue Moon brand. My wife likes them but they may be too big for you. Try Goggling Mini Pliers and see what comes up. Considering the size of your hands I would be very hesitant to buy anything without being able to try it our first. Since you seem to suggest you are working precious metals remember most pliers you get you will have to spend some time on them sanding out machining marks and any sharp edges. That includes not only the working faces of the jaws bit the sharp edges of the jaws as well. The other thing you can do is buy pliers with uncoated handles. Then you can get a can of DIP-IT from Walmart for a few bucks. Then you can dip the handles a few times or wrap them in something soft then dip them a few times. Sorry this is so nebulous and kinda whishy washy. There no absolute answers to what you want to know. I'd be willing to bet if you asked what brand/kind of pliers 10 random maillers would most likely give you at least 8 different kinds of pliers. This may not be very helpful but I hope it gives you some things to think about. Mike S.
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    Where to begin

    You should also try Spider Chain. She has two of her own DVDs and you can get kits from her to go with the DVDs. My wife got both of her DVDs and the kits to go with them. Wife learned all of the weaves as soon as she received the items. Well, all but HP 4:1 which almost everyone will tell you is very difficult to learn to start. Still with the hrlp of the DVDs she has HP 4:1 down pat. Here is a link to the DVDs and kits. http://www.spiderchain.com/instructions/dvd.thtml Mike S.
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    macro/mega maille

    I don't know the record. Several years ago someone posted a pic on here of a huge sheet of E4:1 made with 1ft. or better diameter. It was designed to keep a loose rocky slope from giving way under a heavy snow pack. I don't remember anything else other then that. Mike S.
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    macro/mega maille

    sir_osis I think you are reaching for something that is far beyond what is reasonable or attainable based on doing it on a a reasonable budget. Based on the price of today's metals and the economy I doubt hardly any company will give up any reasonable amount of scrap for free. Copper is running about $3.00 a lb. Scrap may be cheaper but the big users are not going to give up the savings they can make. I don't know the price of Al is but, I am sure no one is giving anything away in usable quantities. You should have questions about heating galvy anything. Ask Kodiac. He posted a few years ago about him welding/brazing/heating galvy and getting very sick. This is from a long, long time ago. Copper tubing 1/8" to 3/4' was soft. Most everything above was hard drawn and Stiffer then a Life Sentence. As for black pipe it is just steel pipe with a tar type coating. turning a 13" or so piece of pipe into a 4" ID circle would take a hydraulic press of multi ton capability and probability specialty dies. I just cant see it happening on a limited budget. I must admit to a preference for macro v. micro maille so I am not knocking you I just think you are over reaching on a limited budget. Mike S.
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    Some Help W/ Adhesives

    The product I am talking about is PL Landscaping Block Adhesive. Lowes shows it as PL 10 OZ. I most likely remembered the 10 and added it into the PL number. Since I live in the Phoenix AZ area freezing is not that much of a problem here although it does happen a couple of times a year. I am aware of the expansion from the low 40s to 110s + and contractions as the weather cools. So as I said before just a dab of PL on the corners, let the water drain through and see what happens. Thanks Mike S.