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Posted on Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:04 pm
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These rings are my first ever home made flattened 8mm rings.
Had a real hard time making these initially, the 304 wire is real
strong despite the mill annealed condition. I full annealed them
by blow torch, put them in the oven for an hour and gradually
reduced the temperature.

Flattening them became much easier and I started getting fairly
consistant results.

Next to drift, rivet, file, temper and polish. As these rings will be
used in my second project, a scailmail skirt, I have the idea
of coating them partially in a tough transparant rubber to reduce
noise. Couple thousand more of these and im ready to go.

My next armour will use the same ring only smaller 6mm type.

Hopefully ive done a decent job of it so far, im sure after filing
and polishing they will look fab.

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Posted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:08 pm
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Not sure if this is an approach you'd want to use for the sleeves, a 45 degree seam:



I will tell you that doing it this was creates a stress point at the links on the front and back near pectorals and shoulder blades, but its easy enough to replace if anything pops loose, and it depends a lot more on the tensile strength of the rings.

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Posted on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:17 am
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Hi thomas, that looks really nice, if I wanted to
go as a viking or something with a fully exposed
hauberk, I would end up using the 45 degree seam
simply for cosmetic quality. The knights maile will be
almost fully covered so I thought it a waste to do anything
but the simpliest of methods.

The 14 gauge mild steel I used in the first project, is poor
in terms of tensile strength, maybe 300mpa at best. I hope
that my home made rings will be 900~1200mpa range. They
are mill certified at 750mpa. I have no experience of tempering
so not sure what results will be, but samples will be sent off
and properly tested

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Posted on Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:27 am
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oh man, thats awesome!

nice work you did there!

i were thinking to make a belt for my first project... and you show up with a complete chainmail!

10/10 to you!

Coif Smiley


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Posted on Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:06 pm
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Interesting you are working on a belt, as I too will be
working on a belt soon! Although, it wont be a chainmail project,
it will tie in with a scalemail project that I am currently working on.

Currently, I have a fabricator building some tools that will allow me
to create my own unique scales, designed, by me for my project. The
project is a skirt of scales for women.

The scales look like this:



When I have the skirt completed, then I work on the belt.
The belt will be studded type, but not just any normal stud.
I will be building a foundry that will allow me to melt down
metal and cast it into unique studs to go with the unique scales.

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