Long time no speak - my progress in chainmaile crafts
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Long time no speak - my progress in chainmaile crafts
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Posted on Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:15 pm
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Hi again folks. Very Happy
I don't visit often, but thought I would drop by to the place I learned
chainmaile crafts and show off my progress a little. Here goes:

Full Persian
Copper
6mm ID / 1mm Wire
Manual saw cut
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Box
Copper
5mm ID / 1mm Wire
Manually saw cut.


Encapsulated
Copper
5 shades genuine Swarvoski 4mm crystals
5mm ID / 1mm Wire
Manual saw cut


Byzantine
Copper
5mm ID / 1mm Wire
Manual saw cut


My latest bracelet is an all silver plated box.
4mm ID / 1mm Wire
Manual saw cut


Will be preparing myself to move down another wire
size soon, meanwhile I am also completing my second
coif and hauberk, but no good photos of that right now.

Thanks for viewing
Noel
N.Ireland.

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Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:08 am
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my favorite one is the

Encapsulated
Copper
5 shades genuine Swarvoski 4mm crystals
5mm ID / 1mm Wire

very beautiful

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Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:19 am
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I agree with Josiah Bishop, but I love your AR on the Byzantine. If there's one thing that catches my eye, it's a nice compact Byz that's just the right AR. Beautiful work!


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Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:36 pm
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All very nice pieces. Thank you for sharing. I think my favorite is your silver plated box. There are a couple of closure issues, but I love the simplicity and look of that piece.


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Posted on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:56 pm
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Thanks for responses Very Happy

The encapsulated bracelet has proven to be by far my
most popular bracelet. I have sold around 20 of these
and found myself at times unable to produce fast enough
for people.



The original version was a 6mm ID, 1.2mm wire spec in
5056 H32 Alloy. It was both super strong and as light
as a feather. The crystals were a poorer quality, the rings
pinch cut and finished with a not so good magnetic clasp.
I still couldn't produce them fast enough.

The example in my original post is a refinement of this
design and I am due to refine it once again, probably to
a 4mm ID, 0.8mm wire. I may very well decide to use
solid silver wire, again, saw cut by hand but with the
additional task of machine polishing it. I hope it to be
my last version and best version of the design.

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Posted on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:18 am
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Further, if you are looking for a bracelet that is both broadly
appealing and simple to make, then I really cant recommend
the encapsulated design enough. People of all types and all tastes
have bought my ones so it can be a nice little earner if you have
somewhere decent to sell.

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Posted on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:26 am
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I've done captive inverted round with 20g stainless rings and used BBs as the captive thing. I loved that necklace, but don't have a clue where it went. It was pinch cut with bad wire cutters, but man I loved the look of copper in stainless...

I agree with your customers, that is an awesome weave. So easy to add color to without changing wires or anything.


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Posted on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:43 am
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I use Swiss made 8/0 piercing blades. These are a 0.22mm thick and you
can achieve a very fine cut with them. They are however incredibly
fragile and a great deal of care must be taken while operating them.
They aren't particularly cheap either, not when taking into account
the massive quantity's of rings people like us will make.

That said, the finish is well worth it, I really cannot picture myself
going back to pinch cutting, not having compared the results and it
does make for a good talking point with customers, as they watch
you cut up metal with a blade that resembles a human hair, it does
impress.

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Posted on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:55 am
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Oh yeah, pinch hurts. That Christmas, my dad got me some Knipex cutters, ground the tips down, and I've never gone back. I love those things...It's amazing how much you appreciate good wire cutters after using bad ones...


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Posted on Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:08 am
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I broke three pairs of wire cutters in the space of one week
on this project Laughing It brought about an abrupt end to my
use of that kind of tool.



The wire I used in this project was 304 17/7 PH Stainless Steel.
Despite best efforts to anneal the wire, what I found was that
even in its most annealed state, it simply broke wire cutters in half. Crying (very sad)

In the end, I modified a hefty bolt cutter, grinding it up with some tungsten
carbide bits and modifying it to include the ability to create overlapping rings
for riveted maile.

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