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Daily Wire Tip Oct. 6: Loosening Wire for Easier Straightening
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 6, 2010
When I receive the wire I’ve ordered, is it better to leave it as it is, coiled, until I use it? Or should I loosen the fasteners and let it relax so it’s easier to straighten?
-Kathy in Greenfield, Indiana
When the WS Faculty members or I work with wire (always from a coil) we loosen the ties and slip out about two feet at a time, straighten, measure and then cut what we need and repeat if necessary. Personally, I have made the mistake of untying a 3 ounce coil of 21-gauge square sterling – made the prettiest slinky you have ever seen! But I had to make about seven cuts to get it under control again.
It really is up to you and how you store your wire. If you keep it in a large zip-loc bag and have about 30 feet or less, you could let it relax a bit, retie it and put it back into the bag.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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