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i could try to talk this up, but it is what it is.  for better or worse, i decided to attempt a project that would push the boundaries - of reason if nothing else.  20ga 7/64" AA.  below's the first 10%.  i'll try to update monthly.  if you've got any questions on the process, just let me know; otherwise, enjoy the ride.
 

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thanks jeff!  i found the tapestry i wanted to reproduce, put it in photoshop and used an indexed color palate that matched available colors from trl, took the resulting image, and ran it through IGP.  i took those results and ran them through a program i wrote myself to make a pattern to follow in the format i wanted.

here's what life looks like:

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So the program you wrote takes the image and converts it to text? also where did you get a color palate that matched TRL?

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yes, it converts it to use a single letter for each link, 'a' for the most common, 'b' for the second most common, etc.  it also converts the pattern to use the "speed-weaving" method of creating a double-length 2-in-1 chain and adding it with a connecting row.  i prefer this method of weaving straight E4-1, but ymmv.

i created a custom color palate by grabbing the colors off of trl's images.  i actually overestimated how dark "black ice" was and ended up sending it back and having them make me a custom batch of "hematite."  but that's been the only major hiccup.  

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I didn't know they did custom batches, how many rings do you need to buy for them to do that. I am going to making an inlay that requires a dark gray and depending on the level of color difference between black ice, bright aluminum, and silver anodized aluminum, black ice may or may not suffice.

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that's entirely up to them, so you'd have to contact them directly about it.  i ordered 144 bags of that color, but their decision may include other criteria (like how busy they are, total order amount, order history, customer tenure, etc.). 

black ice is a light to medium grey - maybe just a shade darker than titanium (but shiny, of course), if you're familiar with that.  there is almost no difference between unanodized bright aluminum and silver anodized aluminum; i would not use the former on an inlay due to properties of uncoated aluminum.  look at the description at the top of the bright aluminum links for more info (here).

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thanks all!  my plan right now is to sew the top row and each side with a thick thread to long loops of fabric through which i can run a rod, resulting in what hopefully looks like a normal tapestry.  then build a frame (should be about 5'x7') that will hold said rods and can hang from a wall and/or ceiling.  how well it will all hold the weight will be interesting to see!

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On 2/20/2019 at 5:03 PM, TitaniumMithril said:

thanks all!  my plan right now is to sew the top row and each side with a thick thread to long loops of fabric through which i can run a rod, resulting in what hopefully looks like a normal tapestry.  then build a frame (should be about 5'x7') that will hold said rods and can hang from a wall and/or ceiling.  how well it will all hold the weight will be interesting to see!

I recently purchased some 20g 7/64" rings for an inlay project and have promptly gone back to 16g 1/4" rings instead as I'm more comfortable working with that size. I bring this up because I hadn't realize just how small 20g 7/64" rings are. that fact that you make a 5'x7' project using rings of that size is equal parts impressive and insane. Keep up the good work!

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i won't argue with that evaluation.  😉  it's not quite "micro-mail" in my mind, but it's getting there.  you do get used to it after a while - unless you have some physical limitations (eye site, clumsy fingers, etc.) - and then going back to bigger is weird.  

looks like i missed a 40% picture - i'll try to throw up 50% in a couple weeks.

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