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United States
Mechanical Engineer with interests in the subfield of robotics/control.
If you cannot tell from some of my pictures, I weave chainmaille.


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.
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

Drill + Bits
Compound Miterbox Saw
Hand Saw
Welded Euro 4 in 1 Patch by SkepticRaven
Welded Euro 4 in 1 Patch
Nothing significant compared to what others have done, but this is my first small patch of European 4 in 1 welded chainmaille.

Rings are 0.045" Wire diameter by 0.245" inner diameter welded stainless steel rings [normal tempered, because I opted not to waste spring temper on welding].
Rings were shear cut ever so slightly larger than a full circle to allow some material to be consumed in the welds [view-able as a bulge on the lowest ring in the image]
Welded Chainmaille Ring Testing by SkepticRaven
Welded Chainmaille Ring Testing
So I finished building my resistance spot welder a couple days ago.
This welder is built specifically for making small spot welds on rings for chainmaille.

Pictured is 3 moderately good welds on 16AWG stainless steel rings after stress testing.
Obviously the rings are no longer ring-shaped, but the welds are holding up pretty good.

Not bad for someone who has not only not welded before, but has also built their welder from a microwave.
Captive Roundmaille Bracelet by SkepticRaven
Captive Roundmaille Bracelet
Weave: Captive Roundmaille.
Rings: 0.029" stainless steel wire wrapped around 7/64" mandrel. Saw cut. AR=4.0
Clasp: Handmade, sized to link/unlink with a bit of pressure.
Length: 8" [including clasp].

Nice looking weave. Consumes an atrocious number of rings per inch of chain [about 70 rings per inch].

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A wild Fred has appeared.
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So have I!
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