Is it ok to rotate your forging between the vertical side of the
billette as well as horizontal? By rotating I could and maintain
the square wire. Would this cause Splitting?
Sure you can forge this way - of course, the splitting depends on
the strength of your initial bond, and how hard you choose to forge
it. I routinely forge both sides with the flat and cross pein of the
hammer to draw stock out. Remember, take frequent breaks for
annealing, and smaller reductions than you might typically when
working other materials. May be helpful to think “baby steps”.
If it does split, well, better now than after you have a few more
hours of work into it and try to twist or pattern it some other way.
Then, go back and take a look at your notes, and modify your method
of bonding and initial reduction as necessary to prevent it in the
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