These are laser cut with NO curve. They are Flat. The curve in other scales we carry is made when the punch squishes the metal into shape. We are not using a punch to make these, so they are flat. You can bend them slightly with pliers if you want them to have a ridge or curve.
The laser they are cut on creates a burr on the back side of the scale. We are removing this burr as best we can with a rigorous tumbling routine. I find when weaving with them, I do find a few scales with a bit of a burr, so I use a little file to clean it up. We are doing our very best to make these as smooth as possible, but you might find the odd one that needs a tweak with the file. We would rather sell these at a lower price for you to enjoy, than spend more time hand filing…
Anodizing these scales. We have had excellent results with the anodizer. The finish is MUCH SHINIER and more mirrored than the Titanium. Stunning results!
These are made from Niobium 0.026” thick (.71mm or 23 gauge)
They measure 12mm long, 7.5mm wide and the hole is 1.7mm – so a 16swg ring fits.
The cost of Niobium is on Par with Sterling Silver - unfortunates the pricing on these is much higher.