New items

As some of you have already noticed, we have added a few new products.  20g 1/8″ enameled copper rings are becoming available as we get them cut.  Only a couple of colors are up in the store as of right now, but we do have a few more colors ready.  They should be listed by Sunday.  We will also be listing 20g 5/32″ in a few colors at the same time.

We will also be listing a new anodized aluminum size.  18g, 5/32″ should be listed on Sunday as well.

Due to many requests we have brought in 20g half round copper and red brass wire for our wire wrapping friends.  We hope to have these listed for you on Sunday as well.

18g half round copper and red brass should be available next week.  We plan on making some jump rings out of this wire, though rings are probably a couple weeks away.

New storage bags and anti tarnish tabs have been added, and a few items that were out of stock, including tool magic, are now available again.

We do have more bright aluminum sizes cut, but we need to get actual measurements before I list them.  They should be available by next week.

In other news, we have agreed to help out a fellow local (fe)mailler, and student at her first show in a couple of weeks.  I will post exact times of the show in another post Monday.

Until then, remember, It’s in the Maille!

We love our customers!

We have always striven to have great rings, and I think our customers will agree, they are among the best. (Both the rings and customers) Here is a recent comment we got:

Always a great pleasure to do business with. I’ll keep coming back! Your stainless steel rings have made me a fan of stainless, finally. I’ve never seen better. These rings have THE best finish, THE smoothest seams, and THE highest quality of any chainmaille rings I’ve purchased.

We continue to work hard to improve even more.  Some would say that’s not possible, but I believe there is always room for improvement.  Take our recent change in how we clean our bright aluminum rings.  I am confident you won’t find shinier aluminum rings ANYWHERE.

I know what you are thinking, it’s easy to say, why don’t you back it up.  OK, I will.  If you get bright aluminum rings from us and you don’t think they are the shiniest you have ever seen, I will buy them back.  I’ll even refund your postage.  No questions asked.  Simply call or e-mail us to let us know you are sending them back and as soon as we get them we will send you a refund.

Now for the “fine print”

1.  Only valid for rings purchased from today on.

2.  Rings must be in original packaging.

3.  Only unused rings will be accepted back.  If you have used some then decide you want to send them back, refund will only be given for weight returned.

4.  Refund given in the same manner as payment

5.  Rings must be returned within 2 weeks of your receipt of them.  We think that gives you enough time to look them over.

Why tumbling media matters

We get a lot of comments on how shiny our rings are and ask what we do that is so different from others.  Well, let me tell you, what you use really does matter.  You see a LOT of people recommend blue Dawn soap, water and stainless steel shot.  We used to do that.  The results were pretty good, at least we thought so.  One of the things we did learn the hard way, and have seen others do the same, was that when you tumble bright aluminum, if you leave it in too long, it looses it’s “bright”.  It looks absolutely horrible.  Other metals were not quite as picky.

I’m naturally inquisitive and like to tinker, tumbling was no different.  I thought we could do better.  So I played with a lot of different formulas, mixtures, and liquids.

This is what BA looks like tumbled in blue dawn, water and stainless steel shot.

Bright aluminum in soap and water

This is what we get with our new mixture.

Bright aluminum with our new mixture

Don’t see the difference?  Let me put them side by side for you.

Side by side comparison

Now you see it, don’t you.  This picture really doesn’t even show it very well.  This BA rivals sterling silver for the shiny factor.  This is the exact same piece tumbled in soap and water first, then tumbled in our mixture.  Other than sharpening the picture and sizing, there is no manipulation to the image.

One interesting thing we have learned with our experiments is that no matter how long we tumble our BA, it never goes dull and nasty like it did with the soap and water.  We can also easily take it from that dull nastiness to a silver shine in just a matter of a couple hours in our mixture.

What you choose to tumble your rings or finished pieces in really does matter.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new.

And remember, It’s in the Maille.