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Brian
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
Mechanical Engineer with interests in the subfield of robotics/control.
If you cannot tell from some of my pictures, I weave chainmaille.
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Flat Full Persian Graduated Earrings by SkepticRaven
Flat Full Persian Graduated Earrings
So it has been awhile since I've made a full chainmaille project (since leather got in the way).
Today, I picked up my pliers to get back into weaving. The result was playing around with a graduated (size-varying) design.

Rings are:
(Bronze)
0.048" WD 1/4" mandrel
0.048" WD 15/64" mandrel
0.040" WD 15/64" mandrel
0.040" WD 7/32" mandrel
0.040" WD 13/64" mandrel

(Brass)
0.032" WD 3/16" mandrel
0.032" WD 11/64" mandrel
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WIP Leather Glove by SkepticRaven
WIP Leather Glove
Got the first glove done.
It will not fit anyone with hands larger than mine, as it is a rather tight fit. Middle and ring fingers need a bit of work to ensure full mobility of the digits.

This glove should work very well for archery.
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WIP Fitted Leather Glove by SkepticRaven
WIP Fitted Leather Glove
First time making a glove. Leather probably isn't the best choice of material. It is, however, coming together fairly well.
All hand sewn, since my sewing machine cant handle the sharp turns with leather.

On a similar note, sewing is more awesome when I get to use my anvil [for the awl-style punch I sharpened out of some wire].
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WIP Welded Elfsheet Belt by SkepticRaven
WIP Welded Elfsheet Belt
Top is a section of my existing belt. Bottom is a section of the WIP.

Working on refining my ring-welding experience, I decided to remake my stainless steel elfsheet belt. I've had my current one for approximately 5+ years now, without need for repairs. I'm doing this more out of just interest in practice and to have a project to work on.

Welding consistently is difficult. Welding woven maille is no more difficult than welding a single ring [just some time delay so that I don't burn my fingers weaving in the next ring]. I have a small pile of failed welds - either rings that I had to cut off or rings that had portions just melt off.

As seen in the picture, freshly welded maille has a darker hue in comparison to the butted maille due to discoloration during the welding process. This significantly decreases as the rings rub up against each other. There is a color gradient between where I am currently adding rings and the start of the project.
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Chainmaille Welder by SkepticRaven
Chainmaille Welder
Here is my rendition of the fairly popular youtube "microwave oven" welder.
Has a footprint just under 1'x4.25", with just about half the space just being the transformer. Welding tips easily replaceable. It works surprisingly well for steel. 

Broken microwave recycled parts:
Transformer [Casing + Primary Coil]
Fuse + Fuse holder
Outlet Plug
Contact Swtich [from door mechanism]

Purchased Parts:
Light Switch
Secondary Coil [Largest wire that would fit in the transformer]
Copper Mechanical Clamps [For welding tips]

Scrap Parts:
Cherry Scrapwood [Frame - Yes, I used cherry as scrapwood.]
Nuts and Bolts [Recycled from other projects/Scavenges.]
Wood Glue
Scrap Leather [for bottom]
Scrap Wire

Tools:
Screwdrivers
Drill + Bits
Compound Miterbox Saw
Hand Saw
Sandpaper
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YAAAAAAAY!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
also WHERE IS FRED
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:iconfrederickbeaudoin:
frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I'm here!
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:iconskepticraven:
SkepticRaven Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A wild Fred has appeared.
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:iconfrederickbeaudoin:
frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
So have I!
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