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#1

Reducing the width of a rectangular wire can be difficult, as the
wire tends to turn while rolling. To alleviate this problem hold the
wire in a pair of parallel pliers leaving about a half inch
protruding from the jaws. Feed this end into the rollers until the
jaws of the pliers make contact with the rollers. As you continue to
roll, allow the wire to pull from the pliers. The force of the
plier’s jaws will keep the wire upright. Brad Simon CMBJ
www.BWSimon.com


#2
Reducing the width of a rectangular wire can be difficult, as the
wire tends to turn while rolling

Another way to do this and keep the wire from turning is to feed the
wire thru a drawplate of the proper configuration (i.e. square,
rectangular,1/2 rd.etc.) from the back of the plate to the front and
then into the mill. The wire does not have to fit tightly in the
opening, just so it can exit easily from the draw plate.

I use this technic to make jump rings out of square,triangular, etc
wire by turning the plate against a mandrel. Works very well, and
eliminates the need of holding the wire with pliers. Hope this helps
someone.

Joe Dule, joju428@aol.com


#3

Attach a sponge lightly saturated with oil to your rolling mill.
Place one sponge above the top roller and one sponge below the
bottom roller. As you use the mill, the sponges will keep the
rollers clean and the oil will keep them from rusting. Before you
use it, turn the rollers on complete turn to clean any dust or
debris that has accumulated on the rollers. You can keep the
sponges in place with binding wire. Just make sure you keep
everything away from the gears. Brad Simon CMBJ www.BWSimon.com


#4

Reducing the width of a rectangular wire can be difficult, as the
wire tends to turn while rolling. To alleviate this problem hold
the wire in a pair of parallel pliers leaving about a half inch
protruding from the jaws. Feed this end into the rollers until the
jaws of the pliers make contact with the rollers. As you continue
to roll, allow the wire to pull from the pliers. The force of the
plier’s jaws will keep the wire upright. Brad Simon CMBJ
www.BWSimon.com