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  • Twisting square wire

    This is for the wire workers.......what is the longest piece of wire you have successfully twisted without it snapping?

    Ok the clue to the reason for my asking is in the word "snapping"
    To date I have successfully twisted up to the length of 12 inches. Last night I was being overly confident with a length of 18 inches and yes you have guessed it, it snapped. I am not a happy person as I am trying to make a necklace and I used my birthday money to buy this wire and now I dont have enough to finish the project
    I know I can buy twisted sterling silver wire but I feel that its a bit like cheating, but if I successfully finish creating the design I have in mind and the only way to make it look the way that I want it to look, then I will have to think about purchasing twisted wire cause I cant afford to snap anymore square wire.
    Di
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    two or three feet certainly. That's with 0.8 or 1mm square soft wire. I don't twist too tightly though.

    I use a drill and vice or wire twisting pliers depending on how much I'm doing.
    george
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    • #3
      Is it because I used half hard wire then? For 18 inches should I only be using dead soft?
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      • #4
        Could well be the problem, once it gets too hardened, silver will become brittle. If you've got a torch (a cook's torch will do) you could anneal it back to soft yourself - you'll need to pickle it, but you can use vinegar and salt or cillit bang if you haven't got jeweller's pickle.

        I only really use HH for making findings or for maille at 0.8mm and under. I'd rather work harden dead soft for pretty much everything else.
        george
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