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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2005 07:52:58 PM »

so pretty!  I've been wanting to try this for a while, but having to order the links online has stopped me.  I just looked at the website you ordered from and shipping is so expensive!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2005 04:41:24 AM »

so pretty!  I've been wanting to try this for a while, but having to order the links online has stopped me.  I just looked at the website you ordered from and shipping is so expensive!
A good, inexpensive way to practice is to make a pile of your own links. I've only done this with copper and aluminum wire, but it's fun and weirdly soothing.
Get yourself a dowel rod, pencil, knitting needle...some rod-like object.  Wrap the wire snugly (close to the rod & loops close to each other), then slip it off the rod and snip down an invisible line...do this over a piece of fleece on a table, and the rings you're creating won't roll all over the place.  Now you've got a ton of serviceable "practice" links .  Personally, I like jewelry made with non-plated & non-precious metal, so once you're done, you can send your practice pieces to me.  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2005 07:07:26 AM »

so pretty!  I've been wanting to try this for a while, but having to order the links online has stopped me.  I just looked at the website you ordered from and shipping is so expensive!
A good, inexpensive way to practice is to make a pile of your own links. I've only done this with copper and aluminum wire, but it's fun and weirdly soothing.
Get yourself a dowel rod, pencil, knitting needle...some rod-like object.  Wrap the wire snugly (close to the rod & loops close to each other), then slip it off the rod and snip down an invisible line...do this over a piece of fleece on a table, and the rings you're creating won't roll all over the place.  Now you've got a ton of serviceable "practice" links .  Personally, I like jewelry made with non-plated & non-precious metal, so once you're done, you can send your practice pieces to me.  Grin

lol.  yeah, I should just try that.  my boyfriend a few years ago got into doing chain maile and built this big winder thing and used a dremel to cut the rings off...  did one little piece of maile and then gave up on it.  if I changed the rod to be smaller, I bet that would work well.
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