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Old 07-18-2005, 08:23 PM
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how to flatten wire??

I'm new to this wire wrapping business, but I think I'm gonna love it. I like making my own clasps, but want to flatten the wire without marking it up with my hammer. What's the secret? Right now I'm just using a regular hammer.
Also, how do you flatten near a glass bead without accidentally hitting it( or my thumb). Is there a flat punch I can use to put on the wire, then strike with a hammer?
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Val
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:59 PM
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Re: how to flatten wire??

Not sure what to do about flattening near a bead.

I can tell you to ditch the regular hammer and invest in a jewelrs hammer and small dapping block or small anvil for jewelry making. You can probably get a hammer and block for about $20-30 and you'll be VERY happy with the results. I got mine from a local bead store. Untill then try putting a hard piece of leather on top of and another underneath your wire piece and then hammer it. The results won't be perfect but you won't mar the metal with your hammer. Cut or fold an old leather belt or see if you can find some hard leather scraps from a shoe cobbler or leather supply store.

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Old 07-18-2005, 11:24 PM
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Re: how to flatten wire??

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I'm new to this wire wrapping business, but I think I'm gonna love it. I like making my own clasps, but want to flatten the wire without marking it up with my hammer. What's the secret? Right now I'm just using a regular hammer.
Also, how do you flatten near a glass bead without accidentally hitting it( or my thumb). Is there a flat punch I can use to put on the wire, then strike with a hammer?
Thanks,
Val

Practice.

I have an old old hammer that was my fathers that I swiped from him because I love the weight of it and its sooo smooth from age. (the surface is smooth) Part of the problem with hammers is that they have a ridge or ring around the edge.....lots of people hit those hard with a mechanical sander, so you wont get marks from that edge. I flatten wire with my hammer and get no marks at all. The head is actually very (and I mean VERY) slightly concave. Too concave and you've got something that will leave 'dings' in the wire.

also make sure the surface you are hammering on is FLAT and smooth. This might need some sanding too. Make sure you are hammering square on - dead on - not at an angle.

Hammering near a bead is tricky - I've never come up with a good way or thought to ask!! The only thing I do is edge the piece up to the anvil with the beaded sort of hanging off the edge - up against the anvil, cover it with a cloth and then hammer the wire....

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Old 07-20-2005, 07:08 PM
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Re: how to flatten wire??

Thanks for your help. I'll have to dress the face of my hammer to get a good radius on it.

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Old 07-20-2005, 09:06 PM
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Re: how to flatten wire??

You might try with a ball pean hammer to get a neat texture on the wire. I really like that look sometimes & it reflects the light and looks handmade. You should be able to polish out the hammer marks from a smooth hammer with a felt wheel and jewelers tripole compound, wash and then polish with rouge using a coton buffing wheel,(minature wheels). You can also hammer before making the connecting loop so you won't hit a bead. You can also buy small ball pean hammers & this might help to see where you hit or a planishing hammer has a very smooth head. Look in jewelry catalogs (tools) like Rio Grande for those hammers. Iona
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