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#1

Length about 9 - 10mm

|…—\ Stainless or sterling wire 6.5 - 7.5mm Use
|’’’—/ mousetail file to make the circumferential dent. ^
‘nut’ holds here

AN EAR-WIRE JIG

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| 1 O |
| | (can’t draw circles in this system! Pretend that
| 0 | square is a circle mounted on a handle of thick
| 2o 3o | wooden dowel with a countersunk screw [0])
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1 is a bit of rod (or thin wall tube) about 6mm dia and about 8mm long, hard soldered to a circle of brass sheet about 1mm thick.

2 & 3 are pins made of small nails with the heads removed, about 8mm long also soldered to the brass circle base. Accuracy isn’t very important - it is so easy to make you can do another one if it doesn’t work well first time.

TO USE: a) take a piece of sterling or stainless wire (no other substitutes) of reasonable length.
b) place the wire on the jig between nail 3 and the rod/tube 1, bring it around 1 so it lies between 1 and nail 2, the end pointing down toward you.
c) Take a single turn with the wire over 2 so it points between 2 & 3 (at right angles to the first position.)
d) You can now snip the wire where it sticks out past 2
e) Remove the earwire from the jig and flatten it out.
OR: f) Take a half turn around 3 to form a little loop and snip, leaving just enough wire to act as a catch for the vertical wire end.
That’s it. A complete earwire takes about 10 seconds to make!

I’d like to have shown a sketch of the finished earwire, but can’t with this system, but have fun anyway!

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   / /    John Burgess
  / /      
 / /__   johnb@ts.co.nz
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#2

In ASCII art, you can get closer to a circle than just a plain square:

               /              \
             /                  \
           /                      \
          |                        |
          |                        |
          |                        |
          |                        |
           \                      /
             \                  /
               \              /

In fact, it may be possible to do better than an octagon. In the
meantime, any interested parties can save this for use in future diagrams;
it is public domain–no trademarks, patents, or copyrights apply. :slight_smile:

Joel Kahn <@Joel_Kahn>
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