Alternative to a Rolling Mill
by Jennifer Brooks
Hand-hammering your metal to get it flat a bit too much work, but can't afford a rolling mill?
Instructions
Hammering wire can get exhausting if you're using larger gauge wires or you're doing large production numbers of the same item, repeatedly. You really want that fancy rolling mill, but it's out of your budget right now. No problem. If you're using *dead soft wires between 20- and 16-gauge round or square wire, there's an affordable (temporary) option. Hop on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and find yourself a cheapy pasta roller for $20. While it isn't the most accurate for sizing down as you go as a rolling mill would be, nor is it super strong, it can absolutely (temporarily) get the job done.
Disclaimer!! Using this item with half hard or hard wire is not recommended. Rolling wire through it may also damage the rollers after some time, so it is not recommended that the pasta mill be used for food afterward, even with a good cleaning. There may be dents in the rollers. Find a metal recycler in your area and surrender it to them!
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Materials

10 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-10D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $26.08
  • Gold Club Price: $19.56
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10 Gauge Round Dead Soft 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-10D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $51.03
  • Gold Club Price: $38.27
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14 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-14D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $10.14
  • Gold Club Price: $7.61
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Xuron Flush Cutter - Pack of 1
G2-504
  • G2-504
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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