Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
by Mei Tan
How often do you bend a wire hoping to get a tight 90-degree bend but you get a "U" shaped bend instead? This usually happens when you bend thicker wires. Here is a tip to get a tight 90-degree bend.
Instructions
Here is the picture of the 90-degree bend that was achieved using flat nose pliers. Note the rounded corner.
Here is the picture of the tight 90-degree bend that was achieved using vice and hammering.
Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
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Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
To get a dead sharp corner, secure the wire on the vice jaws.
Lightly hammer the bent portion along the side of the jaws to ensure a sharp 90-degree bend. Go slowly if you do not want to stress the bend area too much.
Close-up of the hammered wire corner.
Continue on with other 90-degree bend if required.
Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - , General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
Before and After
This bend is made using flat nose pliers.
This bend is achieved using vise and hammering.
Alternatively, you can put a straight wire on the vice jaw, tighten the jaws, then bend the wire over the top to make a sharp bend, followed by hammering the wire over the vise jaws.
Stick one or two layers of masking tape on the jaws' surface to avoid or minimize tool marks on your wire when the jaws are tightened on the wire
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Mei Tan's Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend - Before and After, General Education, Tools, , Bending Wire to A Tight 90-Degree Bend
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Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
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Tools

Bench Vise, 2 Inch Jaws
VIS-204.20
  • VIS-204.20
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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  • Category: General Education
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