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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Lol, that's exactly what I would expect from you :P
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unreal-hunter Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well you've seen it before ;)
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