How to Make a Twisted Wire Design (Part 1)

Usually I am showing a project with silver, just because it is my second nature, but today I will break out some copper and play a little with that. I will eventually finish it with some silver as well, but today I want to show you a neat, quick way to make a twisted wire design.

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First get yourself a piece of Copper Wire, depending on the size you want is the size you will want to start with. The piece I chose is 1.35mm round (about 16 gauge), which I stripped the coating off of, used a draw plate to reduce the size a little, and then I annealed the copper to make it easier to work with. I bent the copper wire in half and placed the 2 ends into my #30 Foredom Handpiece

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Use a steel bar or something firm to place in the other end (the loop end). Hold and pull away from the handpiece as you slowly rotate the wire with the Foredom Motor. Rotate until you get the “tightness” of the twist you are satisfied with. Experiment with different tightnesses of wires.

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You can use the wire just as it is, but in this demonstration I am going to flatten the twisted wire in a Rolling Mill. Again you can flatten this wire to the thickness you like. in this demonstration, I rolled it down to 1.1mm thickness, which made it 2.75mm wide.

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The rolling process gives the twisted wire a neat, braided, rope-like look. Again, with a tighter or looser wrap of the wires, it will give you a different look. Get some wires and play around. I have even twisted 3 or 4 wires together and did this.

As always, I look forward to your feedback:

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Thanks again for stopping by.

Now go show the world what you have in store for them!

Doug

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6 Responses to How to Make a Twisted Wire Design (Part 1)

  1. Dharlee August 26, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    This is a beautiful look. If you don’t have a rolling mill can you hammer it and achieve the same result?

    Thanks!

    • JewelryMonk August 27, 2014 at 6:12 am #

      Dharlee, you can get a somewhat similar result with a hammer, just make sure your hammer face is very smooth and that you hammer flat. Go slow and easy.
      Doug

  2. Vicki August 26, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Beautiful. I love twisting wire. I have the same question as Dharlee. For those of us who don’t own rolling mills can you give any tips on how to hammer the wire to achieve a similar effect.

    • JewelryMonk August 27, 2014 at 6:13 am #

      you can get a somewhat similar result with a hammer, just make sure your hammer face is very smooth and that you hammer flat. Go slow and easy. After you have hammered it flat, file and sand the surface to remove the hammer marks.

  3. Rob March 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Pretty cool Doug.