Daily Wire Tip Dec. 31: Cup Burrs and Removing Burrs

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
December 31, 2010


I viewed a video earlier this year, showing how to finish ear wires. The lady had a small rotary tool with a burr cup attachment to smooth the end point of the ear wire. Would you know where to find this video, and where I can buy the cup burr? I have used my straight file, but this would be better and faster. Thank you.

-Jo in Arlee, Montana


I do know where to find the video clip showing how to use the cup burr you are looking for, Jo. Simply go to the left side of this page, and click on the category Free Video Jewelry Making Tutorials. In that category, you’ll find the video, called Removing Wire Burrs. As you mentioned, this video shows several methods of removing burrs at the end of cut wire, especially with cup burr tools.

Unfortunately, we do not carry just a selection of cup burrs. You can easily find them on the web, search for “cup burr”, or check out our sister site, JewelryTools.com (bottom of the first page).

Cup Burr
Cup Burr with 1.4mm diameter Cup

We do have an alternate solution, the Wire Rounder. This tool is a cup burr, attached to a wooden handle so it is easy to use by hand. However if you were making a LOT of ear wires, then you would want to do as Sonja does and put a cup bur into your automatic wire twister.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    December 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    If you’re shopping for burrs, you may want to buy a set of different sizes to fit different wire thickness. I have a set of burr and attach the desired size to my power drill. I use them in other jewelry projects besides just ear wires. I recently had to purchase a new power drill. My old cordless drill batteries were bad. I found out that buying a corded drill was less expensive (around $60 or less) than buying new batteries for the old drill. Besides, I wouldn’t have to worry about recharging it before using it, it’s ready to be used when I need it. If you want to get a power drill for both household and craft use, you’d need to pay attention to the drill clutch (head tip). Not many drills have a clutch that closes all the way. You’d need this if you want to use it for holding and twisting small wires.

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    becky McDaniel

    December 31, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I have used my dremel with a stone cup burr attachment and it works great.

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    October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    can’t find the video on removing burrs. Have tried various search words, they either come back to this page or “Oops not found”. Why not make the link in the answer above go directly to the video??