provides a solution to the problem of what to do with the crushed ends
of wire that have been gripped in the vise during twisting. In this
the loose ends are eliminated by joining them in a long loop to be
between two steel rods. The necessary force can therefore be applied
damage to the round wire.
both ends of the gilding metal wire flat using the hole in the bench
Form the wire into a double loop and bind with wire temporarily. This
make it easier to line up the ends for soldering Use hard solder to
up the ends of the wire.
the wire so that it forms a continuous loop. Hold one steel rod in a
and place a loop over the rod. Pull the loop with the other rod and
twisting. Arrange for the join to be at one end.
and continue twisting until the metal has a
If one end begins to twist more tightly than the other, stop and twist
from the other end. Solder the twists together at the ends, leaving a
at either end.
out the loops and make them round by placing them over a hole in a wood
or metal block and tapping in a tapered mandrel.
each end until the area around the holes is an even thickness. Now ball
up some scraps of silver until you have two beads that fit your loops
This process may take several attempts. Solder each bead into place
the back, using four pallions of easy solder. Polish, using a strip of
wood as a support, then bend to shape around a former such as a rolling
.14 x X6 in
(360 x 1.5mm) gilding metal wire
a series of holes
hammer and flat stake
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