You just confirmed all my choices: spring steel, not stainless, 9mm diameter, 1,4mm thick. Although I'm using blank rings (so, not blackened) for the neutral, purist look.
They're a bit more expensive (€8,60 / 1000pcs) but I don't think you'll be able to help me with that - unless your supplier ships to Germany cheaply or you happen to know a cheap German shop.
I was referring to long-term motivation. Once I'm at it, I'm fine: music, TV, audiobooks etc provide sufficient entertainment. But STARTING often is super-hard. I often leave it for weeks, because I can't bring myself to pick up those pliers.
How's being a blacksmith? Is that kind of medival stuff just a hobby/side-job or can you make a living of it? If not, what do you do regularly? I thought it might be fun, but couldn't imagine it paying my bills with the cheap Hungarian/Polish/Czech etc blacksmiths around.
By the way, sorry for hijacking your thread. Might as well take it to PM if it bothers you. ›››
It doesn't bother me at all, don't worry. That's a fair amount for 1000 rings i think, when you buy more (5500) it costs you less because you buy alot
. I don't know where you live in germany but in my city (where i study) i got a medieval shop who sells them. If you live somewhere near the dutch border it would be a great trip to visit this store. It's massive! It sells everything that has to do with medieval, viking and fantasy stuff, they even organize shows with swordfighting and owls and birds of prey. check out their site: www.dragonheart.nl (i think it's in dutch but iff you need any translating i'll help ya
. Maybe i'll be able to help you with the rings, iff you are willing to take a large order, they will cut you on the shipping costs, i can even send them to you myself!
Yep starting is allways the big problem... I tend to just put my work in front of me when I watch tv and then at some point i'll start doing it. yep, i can watch tv and work on my mail at the same time
In holland you can actually make a fair living out of being a blacksmith here. It's a real exclusive job. Lot's of old houses (and there are a lot of them) need repairs in a while, and a trained blacksmith is the only one who can do it. Mostly beside that blacksmiths like to be artists in their work. For me it's just a hobby. I study Industrial Design actually. But i've allready made a fair amount of cash with my hobby. I'm only 19 so, i still wan't to learn alot while i'm able to do so. But this study sucks, next year i'm going to study History or Chemistry.
Let's take this conversation to pm, or emailing it's like you say a bit of a hijack