Ok, so I been fiddling with the mesh for a couple days so let me update you with the best configuration I've had to this point.
Similar to the video posted above utilizing a bobby pin. I use approx 2.5" wide strip of mesh. Then I straightened a 6" long piece of 26ga 316L SS wire and cut that in half.
Laying the mesh strip in front of me I put one of the 3" long pieces along the bottom edge of the mesh and folded it over the wire. Then I put the second 3" long wire on the fold near the other piece so that the two pieces were like the bobby pin in the video. Then (tediously) I began to fold/roll this till I had a mess roll with dual 26ga core that was fairly tight. I then trimmed the excess mesh from the length I was working on and, placing the rolled mesh between my palms, began rolling between my hands until it was tight.
I then used a 3.0mm mandrel and wrapped 2 wraps tightly. This perfectly fit the Pharaoh. The wire core made for a much more rigid mesh coil that held it's shape well after wrapping.
Ended up 0.14 ohm.
Working the coil to make it glow evenly was yet another pain in the ass but I got it.
The vape? Very good. I just don't find an appreciable difference between this and the fused claptons. I'm officially giving up.If the flavor blew my britches off I would continue working with this, but it's just not the case for me. This is not a knock against anyone who does find a huge boost in flavor and I'm not trying to discourage anyone using this. Just that it's not for me.