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KentsOkay8 years ago
I would like to extend a personal invitation to join the group Soul of the Sword.
vrogy8 years ago
You made chainmail? Sweet! I've made lots of it in the past, and have been wearing a 4-in-1 bracelet woven onto my arm for about a year!
lennyb (author)  vrogy8 years ago
nothing looks cooler than chain mail. i tore my fingers up terribly making it though so i only have a big enough piece for half a chain shirt. i guess im going to have to make up some sort of powered bending jig and a better cutter. if i do i will post an insttructable about it. btw i use old clothes hangers as wire. what do you use?
vrogy lennyb8 years ago
I used that for a bit- the surface coating does wear off over time, though. If you're going for decorative, mcmaster.com sells nice aluminum wire, and you could also use stainless if you're a masochist, or simpler galvanized steel. You can get 16ga galvy at Lowe's etc, it makes a nice weave when spun on 1/4" rods. For a powered bending rig, I used some scrap lumber and a powered drill to set one up, then made lots of coils all at once. You have to use a glove on the wire-feeding hand, otherwise you get wire-burn, and it's easy to screw up a coil... but it's way fast. I could get 40ish-ring coils done in about a minute each with practice.
lennyb (author)  vrogy8 years ago
i always burn my rings to get rid of the laquer and then dip them in oil to form a tough black oxide.{i reheat them after that to anneal them so they are easier to cut} actually the ring bending is not so much a barrier as the cutting is. the shock of cutting thrugh the wire with a hand operated cutter is just to much for my old and mouldy bones. need to make a foot operated bench mounted cutter or sumptin. i tried hacksaws{distorted the rings],dremels{too expensive} and a hand held nail cutter{ow} i suppose i could get the aluminum wire but i like my homemade toys to be functional.{why ive never made a replica flintlock,i`d never be able to resist loading it and blowing off my face] lol
lennyb (author)  lennyb8 years ago
im not sure but i dont think you use spaces. try it and see . if you need to you can ask one of the site admins im sure there listed around here somewhere.
ewilhelm8 years ago
I know you've been around for a while, but I realized I never said hello. Thanks for sharing your projects, and welcome to Instructables!

Let me know if you have any questions.

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lennyb (author)  ewilhelm8 years ago
thank you very much for the welcome. i intend to share as much as i can as often as i can. and id like to thank you also for this fine website. even if i wasnt an sometimes contributer i would still count it as my favorite.
fegundez18 years ago
get saltpeter from the pharmacy or farm supply store
lennyb (author)  fegundez18 years ago
i tried the pharmacys but they arent allowed to carry it anymore{too many black powder experiments i guess} and there are no farms where i live. at least not enough to warrant a farm supply store. ah well i can always make it from poop i suppose.