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Purple Maille Bikini Top 4 by Utopia-Armoury Purple Maille Bikini Top 4 by Utopia-Armoury
Crystal modeling a purple stretchy chainmail bikini top, done in anodized aluminum and neoprene rubber.

The anodized aluminum gives a bold splash of color to accentuate any outfit, whereas the neoprene gives just the right amount of stretch to gently cup around your curves, accentuating them in just the right way.

These tops are extremely comfortable and light, weighing only a half pound, and tie in the back and at the neck with a wide satin ribbon for the ultimate in comfort and adjustability. These bikini tops are completely street-legal; nothing can be seen through the weave. Bikini tops in this style sell for $150 in a variety of colors.
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Gabriel53 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Beautiful girl next door. Love her shy smile and big breasts.
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touchhacker Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
really beautiful, both the bikini and crystal.

Her collar seems to signal she is a sub as well.
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much, glad you like my work. As to the collar? Couldn't tell ya.
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Waluy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work. I love the way the black and purple work together however I personally would have either replaced the BA with black or incorporated more BA. Just my view from an aesthetic stand point that single row seems to be out of place.
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!

I make tops without that silver line, too - Sometimes custom orders or times when the colors just don't match up, I'll use matching colors or a solid band.

One reason I do like a contrast color in the neck line is to simply remind customers which way is up - I see a lot of people put these on upside-down when they get home.
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DarkWolf099 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist
wow...great work....
how u do that???
:P
awesome!!
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

How do I do it? Two pairs of pliers, lots of patience. Each ring is opened and closed by hand in a certain pattern.
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Emotional-Leper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Another amazing top and this one framing some epic boobs, I've not had the chance to see one of these supporting someone with an ample chest until now and this looks like it is doing a fantastic job.
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much - I'm trying to diversify and find more models of all shapes and sizes.
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:iconemotional-leper:
Emotional-Leper Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
If you were in the UK I could introduce you to a lot of women who would be interested in being fitted for one of these.
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know with the right number of customers, I could be convinced to take a working vacation...
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Emotional-Leper Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I shall look into it for you :)
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Sand-Rae Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*ahem*

Nice >->
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lazylittlecp Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
what size rings did you use on this piece?
I really like the style you've put together on these tops :)
I haven't done any chain-mail quite yet, but I've been thinking about it. Running around trying to get ideas at this point.
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it! These tops are done with 5/16" rings.

Good luck with your chainmail endeavors!
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lazylittlecp Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
hehe thank you :oP

is there any particular reason you don't continue the piece in euro 6 in 1, as opposed to how you've continued it in 4 in 1?
and would I be crazy to try a top in euro 6 in 1? hahah (with, say 16ga 5/16 rings)
I reaaallllyyy don't want it to be see through, which is why I've really come to like your tops, as they seem to provide a good bit of coverage. I'm going to a ren fair in september and I really wanted to make a hauberk, but I wouldn't be able to finish a whole one of those in time.

Also (sorry about all these questions! I'm get really excited about new projects) would making a top without the rubber links be a problem? you have your pattern down to a science, I think, but would it still work?

I kinda feel bad that I'm planning on something similar to your unique pattern, I'll try to keep you posted on how it goes and give you credit where it's due.
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Basically, switching from 6-in-1 to 4-in-1 is part of what makes the cups expand and contract, and shape over curves. You could do a top all in 6-in-1, but it might take some special tailoring and/or fancy seamwork to get the shape right. Not that it isn't possible, but I just like it better this way =D

You could easily do a top without rubber, but the main problem you'd run into is it would be considerably more see-through. I use the rubber rings because of the way they stretch the rings tend to stack up closer and become considerably less see-through. Also, rubber is definitely more comfortable than all metal, both in terms of temperature and chafing.

I'm glad you like my work, and I find it awesome that it's inspiring you to try something of your own. Please do keep me posted, and I'd of course love credit =D
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lazylittlecp Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
am i right in thinking a larger cup size is easier to tailor? i feel like it would be a little easier just since there's a bit more surface area to work with, and no drastic angles opposed to a more cone-shaped cup

i've worked with material as far as tailoring goes, but i know chainmail has its quirks just from reading about it.

how long does the rubber last? my main issue with the rubber is that i reaally didn't want color on my top, i like the stainless look
temperature? does metal heat up really bad?

do you have any problems with broken links as the piece ages? you work with aluminum, and i have a dislike for aluminum as a metal (i really hate bleachers, they steal my warmth, i've always blamed the aluminum haha)
but it is cheaper, and if you have no problems with it, i suppose i could be swayed :oP

thank you for being awesome and sating my curiosity and all that ^.^
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well keep in mind a larger breast has more curvature, and will require more shaping to fit that curve.

The rubber lasts a decently long time - I haven't heard yet from a customer who had issues with the rubber. it does loosen a bit over time, but it starts life rather rigid and after a while becomes broken in. A conservative estimate would be the rubber would last 10-15 years or so, longer if it's well cared for. The metal, of course, will last as long as the specific metal you use lasts.

Temperature is great in these tops, at least in the summer. The aluminum will be a little chilly to put on at first, but will acclimate to your body temperature within minutes - and, once on, will continue to leach excess heat off your body and radiate it outward. When it's cold out, the same thing happens, and the bikini stays warm (and isn't uncomfortable against bare skin). It still, of course, feels like wearing a bikini when it's cold out.

I love bright aluminum - it's a strong material, it's light, it's blindingly shiny, and the alloy I use doesn't leave nasty black ruboff. That, and I can easily saw-cut aluminum rings, which leaves a very nice smooth cut for 100% less pinching.

Oh, and don't worry about thanking me. I'm professionally awesome - it's just what I do.
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lazylittlecp Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
hmm hahah, I'll have to try my best then

do you routinely use a larger gauge in rubber than that of the aluminum rings you are using? I was planning on using 16ga metal 5/16th rings
does the aluminum last as long without pulling apart or anything?
and does anodized leave a residue that you've noticed?

I have no intentions of running around in this thing while it's snowing :oP
I made a snow-angel in a bikini once, an experience I feel I only have to do once in my life.

if I were to make a top out of 16ga 5/16 metal and _?_ga 5/16 rubber.. keeping in mind it has to fit a D-cup..
what amount of rings of each do you think I would need?

I'm pretty set on this now, just pinning down what I'm using.. thanks again for the help! even if you say not to hahah, it really is great having the opinion of someone who knows what they're doing
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Funeral-Pyre Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
o_o how many rings did you use for this?
looks great :D
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
How many? If I had to guess, I'd say about 750 or so, but I could be completely wrong. Next time I make a top I'll count, for kicks.
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Funeral-Pyre Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
haha xD
no you don't have to count :D
just was wondering, so nevermin ;)
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol, now I'm curious...!
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Funeral-Pyre Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
nah, nothing to be curious about xD
just was thinking about to make a top on my own, other style and so
and was wondering how many I would have to make
and I was very relieved to hear, that I wouldn't have to make more than 1000 rings ;D
I'm very bad at estimating ...
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SilentThunderer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
I've gotta say that this is probably one of my favorite bikini top designs. It looks likes the indside of the neckline inside the bust is a threelet of E6-1, and the rest of each cup is formed with 2 E4-1 Triangles connected on a 45 degree angle. Is that correct?
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Exactly! Good eyes =D
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