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Half-Dragonback Ring by brumagem Half-Dragonback Ring by brumagem
NEVER TRY TO HAND-CUT STEEL RINGS. Your saw blades will only snap and dull like crazy I DONT EVEN :iconimseriousplz:

Anyway, I'm still happy with it. It's not quite as showy as my E 4-1 Ring and is much more comfortable to wear.

89 rings, steel 20g 5/32"
1 ring, non-latex rubber 18g 5mm
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Diglette Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is just cool.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! Steel is pretty cool at first, but it warms up very quickly ;)
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Diglette Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. That is unfortunate.
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buttercupdelirium Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Oh my god, I can't believe you'd sell something like this for $15. I kind of really really want one...however, I am a destitute college student. If I convince myself that I need one of these badly within the next few days I will note you. If not, the Frugality Fairy won. ): Damn that Frugality Fairy.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That fairy does so much good for our pockets, but makes us feel so much longing :cry:
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VoidParadigm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love chain rings. =(
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
What's with the sad face then!? :noes:
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VoidParadigm Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. I love them so much, I just don't own one.
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LockandKeyCurios Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you use a jewelers frame saw, or a flexshaft saw? I imagine one might have an easier time with the flexshaft; I know mine cuts through just about everything like it's butter at top speed. Also, do you lubricate your rings before you saw them? Not doing that will kill your blades in a jiff :dead:

Inquiries aside I absolutely love this. I've made maille rings for a few people but I've always had trouble finding a pattern outside of dragonscale that I feel would be sufficiently bulky to make me like it, and I'm not up for the challenge of micro dragonmail yet.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I use a jeweler's saw and lube the blade between every so-many rings. I've been thinking about switching to a rotary tool, because even when cutting aluminum the saw is a bit laborious.

Thanks! Have you considered helm chain? It wouldn't be quite as thick as dragonscale, but you could get pretty close...
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LockandKeyCurios Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would definitely recommend using a flexshaft tool for cutting rings over a frame saw. It requires a little care if you're not using some kind of a jig to ensure an even line, but it cuts so much easier. Contenti sells a really affordable one here: [link] which, while they say it's underpowered, feels plenty powerful to me. I use it in conjunction with the jump ring system they sell (which is great for small amounts of rings but I'm already designing a cutting jig for use with the 18 inch mandrels I've begun to use) and it cuts like a hot knife through butter.

I hadn't considered helm chain, but i will certainly give it a try, I think you may be right. I was also considering doing a micromail version of Blue Buddha's "Sleek Cuff" design, which is Euro 8-in-1 with smaller rings in a 6-in-1 pattern on the outside edge.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'll keep that in mind, but I think I'll start with a cheap rotary tool and a table vise before investing in anything more elaborate :P

I think Half-Persian sheet would be good as well. That stuff can get pretty thick, but still flexible.
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LockandKeyCurios Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was actually thinking of doing a GSG ring today, which is just half-persian sheet really.
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HingaDingaDurgen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Abouts how much might this cost?
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I could definitely come up with something cheaper, an aluminum ring like this would only cost $5-7 and you could even pick colors!
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HingaDingaDurgen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Naah, I like that one in the picture, just like it is. I don't know for sure, so don't get too excited, I'd still have to think it over because I'd be giving you my address and such. Can be risky business. But it is a beautiful ring, so I hope it's compliment enough that I'd like one. :)
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It's really no riskier than an eBay or Amazon sale, but I guess I see your point. Giving your cash and address to some guy you just met on dA. It sounds really seedy when I put it that way :XD:

Thank you though, a nice compliment nonetheless =D
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
About $15

Mostly because of the small rings and the effort of hand-sawing them.
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
$15? You are WAY underselling D:
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Then why don't I have any customers? :P
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol. Dunno man, but you gotta pay yourself for your time too. :3
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Materials were about $0.58, and given the *cough* current quality of my work, I'd say I'm worth about $2 per hour. Seven hours* adds it all to about $15.

*Mostly because I was having a tough time cutting the steel rings with a jeweler's saw.
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
At least give yourself minimum wage, man. :noes:
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, but then I'd feel like I'm overcharging people--that is, if anyone were buying.
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HingaDingaDurgen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's all? Really? That's a great price, I'd say! :D

I might consider purchasing one.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That would give me great joy :la:
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uxurd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
why the one rubber ring?
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brumagem Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
With one rubber ring on the other side, the ring fits the finger more comfortably with very little risk of slipping off.
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