Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Sithus

  1. Sithus

    Anything in/near Ohio?

    I believe the event you are talking about is the Blackrock Medieval fest. It started up after the long running Silverleaf Faire closed down, It is 4 weekends long. You are looking at about a 274 mile 4+ hour drive. Have not been there myself as it just started, but my wife is on cast this year. http://www.blackrockfest.com/
  2. Sithus


    Like Welsh. My wife is part Welsh and when she says some, it sounds like some Elvish speak.
  3. Sithus

    Ringinator Issues and Production Questions

    Micromark sells a cooling system for the micro lathe they sell. Basically it looks like a small gas can with a pump installed that you fill up with a water soluble fluid they sell. Maybe that will give you an idea or leads. I just use an inverted bottle filled with cutting oil that flows out through fish tank airline tubing onto my blade in my setup (homemade, not a Ringinator.) http://www.micromark.com/MicroFlow-Coolant-System,8474.html
  4. Sithus

    Tumbling Scales

    I have used corn cob on the stainless scales. Works wonders for deburring any rough spots and cleaning the oil/lube from the machining off.
  5. Sithus

    stupid tumbler...

    I don't use any metal media for tumbling so that rules out a magnet, and if you are tumbling aluminum.... I have a variety of mesh baskets and metal mesh colanders for sorting rings out of corn cob and walnut. One of the nicer ones I have is actually intended for deep frying,
  6. Sithus

    creating wedding rings

    The ends are just tucked inside the ring.
  7. Sithus

    creating wedding rings

    Still have my ring from Loren's class,
  8. Sithus

    Dragonscale Armour

    Buddha's shirt in 20ga BA using 3/16 and 1/8 rings was the most impressive I have seen. I wouldn't call it armour really since it was all aluminum, but it was slick.
  9. Rice can break down in a tumbler as well and give you little stuck pieces, just not as many as walnut will. Corn cob works good on stainless, might be a bit abrasive for fine silver and black niobium.
  10. Sithus

    What pliers should I get?

    If your talking about pliers made by Lindstrom or Tronex, it's all about where they are made, Europe for Lindstrom and U.S.A. for Tronex. China or Pakistan workers are not paid as much, so cheap workers make cheap pliers. And as well the higher priced tools have a better fit and finish to them.
  11. Sithus

    Chainmail from Arnold's Conan the Barbarian?

    Since this pre-dates the Lord of the Rings movies I bet it's not PVC since I believe WETA came up with the idea. Another option for stamped rings would be lock washers, those are flat. I dug out a section of 12mm ID lock washer maille I have.
  12. Sithus

    Chainmail evening gown, front

    No pictures of it modeled then? It looks great. What are the ring sizes? I'm assuming aluminum.
  13. Sithus

    Padding for Pliers for extended work (A thread spinoff)

    Try both tape and Plasti Dip. Tape them first then give them a nice plastic coating.
  14. Sithus

    photographing maille, and lightbox info

    Cat not included.
  15. Sithus

    photographing maille, and lightbox info

    Wow, 2 year old thread back from the dead, but.... Another suggestion is to use a tripod and also the timer function if your camera has one. This way there are no shakes or anything when the picture is taken.
  16. Sithus


    Uline has nice retail boxes in the size you are looking for. Just buy some tissue paper to line them. http://www.uline.ca/BL_5602/Gift-Boxes
  17. Sithus

    Honorable Mention at Dragon*Con

    What beat you out? That's what I want to know.
  18. Sithus

    Using same tumbler as for ammo/brass cleaning?

    Corn cob and walnut can be found as animal bedding in pet shops and other places that sell pet supplies, and they are inexpensive.
  19. Sithus

    Using same tumbler as for ammo/brass cleaning?

    I have used my vibratory tumbler for rings that I originally bought to polish brass without a problem. Considering the media used for brass is usually charged with rouge to polish brass and the same can be done with rings, there would be no need really to do much to the bowl as far as cleaning goes. I have used corn cob media for stainless steel and think it does an excellent job. I usually leave them in for about 18 hours or so, but that's me. I usually end up cutting at night and take them out when I get home from work.
  20. Sithus

    Question about dust

    I cut two metals that the wife and I use, aluminum and stainless, with a oil lube system that puts a constant stream of oil on the blade. All cuttings end up in the oil and when I eventually fill up my oil waste jug it will go with me to work (Hazardous Waste Transportation, Storage, Disposal facility) Every year for work I get a required blood test for toxins, including Chromium, nothing has ever been above acceptable levels. I find that cutting aluminum with oil works better for me and makes my blades last longer.
  21. Sithus

    Ring making

    No issues with heat, it works really well. If you want I can send you a piece as I just bought a 4 pound package of it.
  22. Sithus

    Ring making

    I make my coil guides out of Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene.
  23. Sithus

    DIY Ring cutting machine....

    Well if fliberdygibits has a lathe I'm sure that there is enough experience there to build what ever is necessary to do the job. I know what I made didn't take that long or result in broken blades. Not to mention the time and materials didn't cost $200. But to each his own. If you want to use the Ringinator that's fine, but don't discount someone else's efforts or attempts.
  24. Sithus

    DIY Ring cutting machine....

    There is a good reason not to buy it, cost. All fliberdygibits needs is materials for the guide, nothing else.
  25. Sithus

    Best Hauberk Design? (20ga 1/8" rings)

    No wasn't you. Defiantly a "old timer" here and female. But congratulations on almost finishing the shirt.