A few of us are attending an intermediate class and wondered how do
you get a nice, round, melted ball at the end of a brass
wire....and if possible....can you ball 2 ends of a wire used in a
Someone else posted on balling the first end, so I won’t re-describe
that except to mention you want the wire hanging straight down; if
it’s at an angle, your ball will be off center, too.
For the second end, Fred Zweig showed me a neat trick. Take an old
pair of chain nose (or some such) pliers, and saw them off so you just
have about a half inch stub left of the jaws. Using a diamond ball
bur, gently close the plier jaws on the bur as it’s running in your
flexible shaft machine. You should end up with two half-round
depressions opposite each other.
After you have made the ball on one end of hte wire, put it into the
place you want to rivet it into and cut the second end to rivetting
lenghth (avout .5 the diameter of the wire). Fit your plier jaws
around both ends of the wire , and gently squeeze. Both sides can end
up matching dome shapes, if you’re lucky and hold your mouth right.
One caveat–the previously made ball can’t be too big to fit, as a
dome, into the hole. Well, it can, of course, but the result won’t be