Anodized aluminum

We get questions almost daily about AA.  Some are easy to answer, some are not.  Some we are not ready to answer.  This post will take care of some of all of those.
First, we want to remind you we have a page set up specifically to show what AA is out at the anodizer and being worked on.  You can find it here:

AA stock page

Now, what’s not on that list.  12g AA.  Have no fear, all the colors we don’t currently have in stock are out at the anodizer in addition to what is on that list.  All of the 12g rings, and most of what is on that list, we hope to have back in just over a week.  There are a couple that will take a week or so longer.

Also not on that list, but at the anodizer (and in the little longer category) is 20g 1/8″ Black.  That’s right, we have started making 20g AA.  This is a long term project.  The rings are so little, they take so long to make, so we have paced this project for the YEAR.  The listing for them is already up on our site, but only available colors are up. (Currently just red)  As we get colors back, we will add them.  We chose to do it this way so our “Notify when back in stock” feature doesn’t get flooded.

Can you handle a second surprise?
If not, stop reading now, if you think you can, read on.
We are also starting to make 16g 3/16″ AA.  They should start showing up in a little over a month.  These are a little faster to make, so we are likely to put up a block of colors at a time.

As always, we are happy to look at making other sizes, but we need to hear from you to do so.  So, if there is another size you would like to see us do, let us know.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!!



AA survey

A couple of weeks ago we had a little survey on AA (Anodized aluminum). We thought we would share some of the results, and what we are doing.

First up, for green. You overwhelmingly told us you wanted 2 shades of green. So that is what we are doing. In fact, the first (16g 1/4″) Dark green should show up in the next couple days, followed by light green (same size) late next week. As we run out of the single green we had in any given size, we will replace it with the light/dark combo.

Given the option of a matte black in addition to our current gloss black, it was close, but it looks like you want it. We will start on these sometime in the next month and a half or so.

For a new size, we asked if you would prefer 16g 7/32″ or 16g 3/16″. This wasn’t even close. 16g 7/32″ won hands down. Once we have most of the currently out of stock size and colors caught up, we will start on these. This puts it somewhere around summer.

There was not a lot of interest in an etched ring, so at this point we don’t intend to proceed with it. Don’t worry, as always if things change and more people express interest, we will look at it again.

There was a lot of interest in a UV reactive ring. So much so that we already have them, though currently only in 16g 1/4″. If the interest in these proves to be good, we will expand the sizes we do them in. These proved to be very hard to photograph, but under black light they glow a nice off white (reminds us of white out for some reason)

Now, we also had a comment section, and there was a single question that was put in far more than any other, or any comment, so we wanted to address it again.
The question was in regard to 20g AA, and if we were going to get more colors, if we were ever going to do them, or why we didn’t have any.
We have always been very open about these, and the fact we stopped doing them as we were not happy with them. Color inconsistency, splotching, and the color not matching close to the larger sizes. We have also always been open about the fact that if these were corrected to our satisfaction we would have another look at getting them done.
That being said, over the course of the last 2 months or so, there has been some improvements in the process used for our rings, and we think it’s time to try these again. Our plan is to have a test batch run in the next month or so. If they work out, we will start getting both 20g 1/8″ and 20g 5/32″ done in all our current colors. Until we know for sure if they will work out, we won’t speculate on a time frame, but know that we are looking at it.

As always, It’s in the Maille!