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Do you make your own links?
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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:42 am
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Just wondering how many of us make our own links and if you have more than one mandrel?


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:52 am
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I make my own rings and I have many mandrels, I even have more than one of each size of ring ID.


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:08 am
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Cool. By the way you really started something with the 'what if maille was illegal thread. Coif LoL


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:25 am
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you should put "maybe" Because for almost all my 14 gauge projects, I make them. My jewelry projects are made of premade rings.


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:43 am
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ive been makeing chainmaille for just over half a year now and so far ive coiled and cutted every ring, depending on ID and the wire, i use either my M5's , my mini bolties or i score and break, and im ordering some slotting saws off TRL as soon as my friend tells me howmany he needs Coif LoL ooow i cant wait!
oh and my mandrells um i got a small selection 2/16", 3/16", 1/4" 5/16"
3/8" and a few others but they are all quite short, my longest is my 1/4" mandrell which is a little over a foot.
i use 1 needlenosed plairs for all my stuff under 16ga
and bug chunky pliars for every thing else but i realy make larger than 16ga

im realy bored right now sorry if i was blabbering. Embaressed

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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:46 am
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You'er not blabbering, anyway I would'nt have asked if I was'nt interested! I have only recently made mandrels although my brother has one that makes springs 1meter long!!! Yes the whole family is mad. Razz


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 2:29 pm
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i've been mailling for about 4 or 5 years now, and i've always cut my own rings. i make my own mandrells too and built my winding jig. and i think i'm into it now more than ever before.. and it's great because i get to maille all day at work, my boss even encourages it!! how about that for being a lucky chick? ahhh... somtimes life can be sweet! Very Happy


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Posted on Wed Oct 05, 2005 2:31 pm
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I do make my own rings, and sometimes I don't. Depends on how lazy I feel Very Happy . 99% of the time I make my own, particularly since I have begun to specialise in square rings and have added 9ct gold to the metal list. Multiple mandrells up to 12mm in diameter occupy the toolbox, the desk and anywhere else I've been caught mailling of late Laughing . Actually a quick seach behind the computer reveals four spools of wire,actually six, three boxes of various types of metal cut into rings and a few finished jewellery pieces and some unfinished ... Oh and there are a few uncut coils at the other end of the desk including another square copper coil.

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Posted on Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:07 pm
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i make all my rings from raw wire, altough i did make some rings from trampoline springs, so that's not really all handmade but its close.


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Posted on Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:16 pm
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How big are trampoline springs and what did you make with them? Surprised


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Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:03 am
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I make all of my own with a few exeptions, I buy my 1/8" ID anodized stuff pre cut, 'cause I'll only use saw cut that small, and I don't want to bother with all that efort, I also buy some preciouse metals in rings. And I have 7 different sized mandrels all between 1/8 and 3/8" diameter


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Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:45 am
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Legba3 wrote:
How big are trampoline springs and what did you make with them? Surprised


they were 3/4" id with 10 gauge wire. i ended up making just a fivelet with them because it took to long to cut the links. i had to anneal the springs first in a fire then use a chisel, an anvil and hammer to cut them apart. so due to the nasty surface from the annealling proccess and the slow going on cutting i stopped making them.



edit: to correct wire gauge and insert pic


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Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:49 am
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You must be a glutton for punishment! Surprised


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Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:58 pm
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I coil and cut my own, and just recently made a jig stand thing to hold my wire and mandrel when I roll. I'm so glad I made that thing. I have 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and 1/2 inch mandrels. All are simply cold rolled steel bars, that I have bent into shape. The 1/2 inch was fun to try and bend.

If I ever decide to work in sterling again, or I want more anodized aluminum, then I will order it. I don't feel comfortable yet with saw cutting, and don't really feel like trying it. Otherwise, ordering the premade rings is too expensive. Plus, cutting rings makes for a past-time when I can't maille Coif LoL

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Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:59 pm || Last edited by dead_bodyman on Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:41 pm; edited 1 time in total
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grr...stupid laggy connections at or server down messages...

Sorry

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