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Daily Wire Tip Nov. 10: What is the Purpose of a Draw Plate?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
November 10, 2009
Could you please explain what the purpose of a draw plate is?
A ‘draw plate’ is a type of die that is used to either reshape or re-size wire. Dead soft wire is the preferred temper used to ‘draw’, and as the wire will work harden and become brittle during the process, the recommended number of times a wire is drawn is three. Drawing wire will reduce its thickness when reshaping, while also increasing its length.
To draw wire through the draw plate, one end of the wire must first be filed smaller, so it will fit though the chosen hole. While holding this end with good gripping pliers, small gauge wire can be pulled slowly and steadily through by hand, while larger gauged wire can be attached to a crank. Before drawing any wire through a draw plate, the wire needs to be lubricated with a substance such as beeswax or multi-purpose machine oil.
A draw plate also needs to be locked into a vise to be used, and if one is drawing wire through it, one made of metal is the obvious choice.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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