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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.


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:
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

0.032" WD 3/16" mandrel
0.032" WD 11/64" mandrel
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.
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].
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

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frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I'm here!
SkepticRaven Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A wild Fred has appeared.
frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
So have I!
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