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Channeled strip


#1

G’day; I have been reading here about folk who want special
channelled metal strip. So, with a little bit of work and a few
scraps of steel with a couple of screws, you can get any profile of -
well, let’s call it wire - that you can dream up. First get two
pieces of steel 4 cm x 1.5cm 1.0cm thick. Clamp them together and
drill down in the centre of the 1.0 edge, close to one end. You can
either use a tap to thread one of these pieces or use a nut and bolt
to fasten them together. (tapping is the best way) Do the same with the
other end, and so you will have a split piece of steel 3 cm wide and a
centimetre thick. Now mark a line across the split and in the
centre. Remove the bolts and file a little gap in each piece to
whatever shape you want your finished wire to be. Now you start with
a piece of annealed sterling or whatever, somewhat thicker than your
carved profiles, point one end and lubricate with a bit of candle as
usual for wire drawing and place it between the split dies so it
protrudes a little. Tighten the bolts/screws until the metal; wire can
just be pulled through. Repeat, tightening a little after each pull -
and annealing frequently - until you have no more to tighten, or your
new profiled wire is right. You can make knife shaped bezel wire,
double curved, channel, half round and square the other side,
rectangular - Make your dream come true! That’s how long ago I used
to make bezel until I discovered that one could buy it cheaply! Of
course if you are wanting a whole lot of funny shaped wire, then you
will have to use carbon steel and harden/temper the dies Now, if you
are REALLY serious about making a split drawing die, and to clarify
things a bit, would like a little picture of a couple of my old ones,
just ask. Cheers, –

John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ


#2

John you have devised a most interesting way to create channeled
strip. N= eccesity is the mother of invention. I have been making
channeled round wire with a draw plate I bought from a= German or
Italian company. It works great for the rings, bracelets and p= ins I
make with channel set colored diamonds.

EtiennePerret.com


#3
    I have been making channeled round wire with a draw plate I
bought from a German or Italian company. 

G’day Etienne; thank you for your message. I made a scan of a
couple of my dies and included a sketch, and thought that you would
like to see it, so here it is.

I think that fine silver or high carat gold is the best material to
use. Before I had access to a rolling mill, I used to start with a 3
mm cast rod, draw that down to about 2mm, then to square wire, then
draw that through one of my dies! Draw 3mm? Yes; I have a home made
drawbench and used home made dies down to 2.5mm. Hard to turn the
handles but it works! –

John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ


#4

Hello,

What is a channeled strip anyway.Ive never heard about it before.I do
know channel settings but not channel strip !

Regards Pedro
Palonso@t-online.de


#5
    What is a channeled strip anyway.Ive never heard about it
before.I do know channel settings but not channel strip ! 

Not channelled strip but channel strip; Cut a piece, look at it
edgewise at the cut and it looks like a U or |_| or even like a V.
Can be quite useful when setting certain items. Cheers,

John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ