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Daily Wire Tip April 25: Forging Copper Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
April 25, 2010
I shaped a choker wire from 14g dead soft round copper wire. What’s the best way to harden it so the choker retains its shape?
The easiest (and most enjoyable) way to harden 14g round copper is to forge it. Use a chasing hammer with a steel bench block or vise, or get a regular ball peen hammer (if it’s been in the garage or basement for a while, use a grinding wheel or sandpaper to smooth both heads). The flat head, on either hammer, will flatten and slightly stretch the metal while hardening it, as well as adding a slight ‘rise’ to the piece (which you could incorporate into your desired shape) and the ball head can texture it. Experiment first, using a piece about 3 to 5 inches long, so you have enough to hold on to. (The scrap could later become a pair of earrings.) Forging/beating soft wire into different shapes can be a lot of fun!
The project on DVD #4 of the new Intermediate DVD series, introduces forging with a really cool Cuff Bracelet .
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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