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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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