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Posted on Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:18 pm
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Hey all,
First off I would like to say what a great board this is and I am glad that I joined.
Being a newbie to chainmail I have picked up weaves quite rapidly, and have started making jewelry after a few of my friends asked me where I got mine from. I am wondering what is the best metal to use. I currently have stainless steel and sterling.
Also, can anyone recommend a great way to polish up stainless to give it a bit of a shine?
Any advice would be greatly welcomed. Thanks so much Smile

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Posted on Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:50 pm
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i don't work too much with precious metals but, sterling silver, gold filled, pure gold, ect tend to be the norm.

btw, this question should probably be in the knitting circle, not too many people look or respond to posts in here.

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Posted on Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:37 pm
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Structural integerity issues asside, the 'best' metal is whatever you prefer, really. Everyone will have their own favorites. Copper and brass may tarnish easily, but they look really nice when shiny. Silver and gold are beautiful, but very expensive. Titanium is the strongest by weight, but it work-hardens quickly and it's expensive. Try them all and decide for yourself. :>

As for shining up stainless: Same thing as we usually advise for everything else. Tumble the rings. The best medium for that being stainless steel mixed media, but it's $12-$15/lb. Plain Rice works great, tho, and it's much cheaper, but it takes longer to polish and deburr.

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Posted on Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:17 pm
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Here ya go:

You might want to see our other articles also. Look up ^^ Coif Smiley .

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