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Posted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:39 pm
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Well, there's always this: http://www.mailleartisans.org/gallery/gallerydisplay.php?key=3824

I aspire to have a collection like his some day.... Very Happy

ETA: Oops, I missed that entire second page. Still, seeing as how nobody else posted that, I'm just gonna leave it here. Smile

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Posted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:47 pm
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Jax25 wrote:
Well, there's always this: http://www.mailleartisans.org/gallery/gallerydisplay.php?key=3824

I aspire to have a collection like his some day.... Very Happy

ETA: Oops, I missed that entire second page. Still, seeing as how nobody else posted that, I'm just gonna leave it here. Smile

Yeah, what I want to know is why Dave's mandrel cabinet isn't made of maille? Laughing


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Posted on Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:22 am
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Because he's a slacker, clearly. Razz

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Posted on Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:22 am
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I don't have enough mandrels yet.


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I don't have enough mandrels yet.


Oh my goodness- I hail to the chief of mandrels!! If you don't have enough, imagine how I feel! Laughing

I'm a total newb! At least there are a few things around the house that I have dubbed mandrels until I can finally get some proper ones. That was the whole reason I started this thread! Wink I think I'm going to save up for a Kodiak set. I do wish that he sold a second half to his 40 mandrel set, though, so that I could buy the smaller half first, then somewhere down the line I could buy the bigger half. I am tending to like and use smaller diameter rings rather than larger, anyhow. Maybe just having the smaller half would be sufficient.


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I'm a total newb! At least there are a few things around the house that I have dubbed mandrels until I can finally get some proper ones. That was the whole reason I started this thread! Wink

Have you considered knitting needles? They come in well-defined sizes, and presumably metal ones would be sturdy enough to use as mandrels. Of course, this is making the assumption that buying knitting needles would be cheaper; I don't know if they are.


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Well a saying tells that a mailler can never have too many rings.

Same seems to valid for ringmakers and mandrels. Did I tell already, that despite owing more than two hundred mandrels or rods exclusively used as such my search for additional ones never ceased? There's ALWAYS a missing size.

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kerravonsen wrote:
pink.owl wrote:
I'm a total newb! At least there are a few things around the house that I have dubbed mandrels until I can finally get some proper ones. That was the whole reason I started this thread! Wink

Have you considered knitting needles? They come in well-defined sizes, and presumably metal ones would be sturdy enough to use as mandrels. Of course, this is making the assumption that buying knitting needles would be cheaper; I don't know if they are.


Luckily I have been a knitter for a very long time, but I prefer wooden or bamboo needles, so even though I have a lot of knitting needles that I have collected over the years the only metal ones I have came from my grandmother, they were passed down to me. I actually just finished a long coil on a #4 (3.5mm) knitting needle less than 10 minutes ago. Unfortunately her collection wasn't complete, or my mom snatched some from it before giving the leftovers to me. That is something she would do, sadly!

I think I will be getting some transfer punch sets or go with the $40 Kodiak set. Either of those would be cheaper and more complete than finishing off my metal knitting needle collection.


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ZiLi wrote:
Well a saying tells that a mailler can never have too many rings.

Same seems to valid for ringmakers and mandrels. Did I tell already, that despite owing more than two hundred mandrels or rods exclusively used as such my search for additional ones never ceased? There's ALWAYS a missing size.

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Oh my goodness, really?!! I am going to become a mandrel hoarder like lorraine! Laughing


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I haven't forgot about you ZiLi, back to school after 30 years is kicking my fanny, loving it...lol...K-


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Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:02 am
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Kodiak: Grins - I knew that you're a dependably guy. Smile

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Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:38 pm
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Out of curiosity, Kodiak, would you do a 12" 81 piece set? ...and how much would that run?

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Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:18 pm
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$160 + $5 shipping the extra length Jax.


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