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Chainmaille bracer by unreal-hunter Chainmaille bracer by unreal-hunter
Finally, I finished my bracer yesterday
the lower-border whas the toughest part, i think i should have used bigger ID rings^^;
i wore it to school today, and .....it caught eyes^^

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1/4 inch ID
1,3 mm galv steel (i think)
weaves used: Eu 6/1 for the borders
Eu 4/1 for the body

the closing piece is consistent of multiple single rings with a small ring on top, the closure pin goes through them like a zipper, making a rather snug fit.
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NikidaEve Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very clean look! I love the "locket" (i only call it that cuz thats how rare I see it) i pinning for the clasp it makes it keep form sooooo nice ^_^
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeas but it allows for 0 fattening of the wrist. so I can't wear it in the summer ^^;
(when moisture saturation causes flesh to expand just a smidgen >.<)
also, the galvanised steel oxided something fierce, the inside is black from reacting with my sweat and such.
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NikidaEve Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can imagine because with the summer swelling, my rings I wear dont even like to give to get them on. Unfortnuately I noticed with galvanized its only water resistant to corrosion. Its beautiful if you wash and dry it right away, but the salt from the skins tarnish sooooo bad. I had a chainmaille necklace that I did a "laced" effect with the english 4-1 weave and wore it to a faire. Well sweating so bad in it, and it being a choker, did the same from the sweat. Its so sad because the material for the most part is so easy to work with!

Too bad there isnt a method to reverse the blackened effect. I wonder if clearcoating the links (Like a sealant to just spray onto the finished products) would help deter the effects longer so wearing them in like warm humid climates dont ruin them if their galvanized.
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes indeed, that tarnishing is nearly impossible to remove (short from abrasive polishing) Galvanised has since been regarded by me as a redundant material for chainmaille. I skipped to stainless steel about a year after, and have only been using that ever since. Okay well not really only, I have used brass and copper in rings, and bronze scales during that time too ^^

clear coating would be an idea. but it has it's restrictions. save from dipping the finished piece in a clear laquor, there is no way to get it into all the nooks and crevacis chainmaille has. I see dalmation spotted chainmaille in the future ;)
and I'd fear the coating would rub off when worn. not so much if the rings are under tention, but free dangling?
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NikidaEve Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
well its not a clear coat. theress a geniune industrial grade spray that gets in the pores of the steel since steel is a mixture of iron and something else (I DONT wanna say alumninum but it may be) so theres little pores in it we cant see. I wanted to investigate to save my old galvanized pieces but you are right, stainless and brass are the easiest to use since its less of a headache cuz you dont have to seal
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XD speaking of sealing, there is a copper pendant in my gallery that I gave to my (now) ex. that thing only tarnished slightly to a darker brown, but her skin was green at the end of the day XD.

hahaa, metals are my specialty (=engineer)
steel is actually a collective name of ANY iron based alloy.
most are predominantly iron, with traces of carbon in em for rigidity.
pass 2% carbon and you got cast-iron
We also throw in nickel, silicon and manganese. most of those are specialty alloys btw ;)

fun fact:
stainless steel is usually ANSI 304L, which contains 18% chromium and 9% nickel
(and no, people with nickel allergies generally do not feel that;) )
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NikidaEve Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I did tool an die for about 2 years so I vaguely remember some but it's awesome you know all that! It's so handy to know and I honestly wish I kept with it. The more I think the more I want to go to school again but I get my business ID this week so it's all tenatative on which direction I need to take. But I wish I knew more about the metals
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
then you might wanna look into a metalcaster's forum. I learned tonnes once I joined alloyavenue [link]
Appart from what they already know and share, it's more-so about getting interested in things you don't know yet, and looking them up.
It's part of my job, so I have a handy book here with most of this information right besides me ^^ but google knows too ;)
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snowkniight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Lol, that's exactly what I would expect from you :P
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well you've seen it before ;)
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snowkniight Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I know that one for sure =D

Gtz you know who ^_^
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, thank you.
yeah I know who you are, good of you to join the comunity ;)
NOW GO POST ART, DAMNIT :Pand I found it sitting on my bed, coming back from castlefest
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BadeendDesDoods Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, that's awesome! :D
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thank you, I was pretty proud of it when I finished it ^^
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brumagem Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
How many links? I think this might be a new hobby of mine :iconplanningplz:
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
somewhere between 900 and 1200 individual rings. It´s a fun hobby that takes a lot of patience. but the results are really rewarding. I see you´ve already spotted my tutorial. there´s also a lot of great sites to help you get started, like: [link]

have fun exploring ^^
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brumagem Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Splee! Thank you! :iconstudytimeplz:
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Lieselott Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
really nice :)
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thanks

and thanks for the watch too ^^
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xDeniDenix Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
o_____o :iconiwantitplz:
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha, I take it you like?

^^ I am honored
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xDeniDenix Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Seriously its amazing xD
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thank you, thank you

It was a lot of work, but at the time I was well pleased with it. These days it's mostly corroded though, so it's not as nice as it is in the picture. Maybe I should make one out of stainless
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Moniver Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Amazing patience.. :D
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you, though it wasn´t that bad.
I made it mostly on free hours, so i was more a time killer than an objective. it makes mailling more fun ^^
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naiomii Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
WOW!!! so cool!!
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thanks
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naiomii Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
haha welcom...:D
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ChamberMonk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
This is really inspiring. I would love to do a project like this :)
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thank you, it's nice to hear my work inspires people.
but what is stopping you from starting a project of your own?
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ChamberMonk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
I have rings and things like that now and I have been practicing a few different weaves :) Thanks for the inspiration ^^
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you´re welcome ^^
please notify me when it's done, i'd love to see what you've made ;)
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ChamberMonk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Sure ^^ :D
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SpiritWritersSong Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, wonderful job.
:D
....People probably thought you had a fake hand, LOL.
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no, they just thought i was wierd, and they're right ;)

thanks for liking it, and faving it ^^
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SpiritWritersSong Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem. :D
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FrealaF Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
great!! i wanna one of those , for when i go to the battle!!
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ if you plan to actually use this for blocking weapons in battle, i suggest wearing a leather glove underneath it. else, you'll find chainmaille printed into your skin.
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FrealaF Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
xDDDd yess i dont thinked in the leather XD good point
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gingerchucky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student Interface Designer
:heart: chainmail! i want..
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so do I ^^
that's why i started making it
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gingerchucky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student Interface Designer
i wnt to make a cloak too!
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
got any chainmaille exp?
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gingerchucky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student Interface Designer
noo! i just think its cool! lol and it is easily understood so i know wer to look if i ever start!
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
;) if you need help, i'm a free adress for it
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dalentalas Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interesting technique. *Favs for future reference*
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
feel free to use any of my works as reference

thanks for faving it
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olmer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
looks very cool, gotta think about that when I wil finish mine ;)
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thanks for liking it
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ceedubsam Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Love it, it's very cool. If I were going to use it practically I think I'd mount it on some thin leather.
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