I didn’t know what artistic wire was until this thread, guess I am
If its true that the stuff is very soft, and if you ‘had to’ make a
point… what I’d guess is happening is that the wire is just
deflecting on the power stroke when you file. Sure, its soft its
going to do that. Turning it against a sanding disc of whatever
configuration is likely to get the same result.
Take your saw and load it with a suitable size blade to fit the
wire. Cut a long notch into your benchpin or something else. What you
want is a groove that graduates to nothing.
I have no clue the dimension of artistic wire but for the sake of
illustration let’s call it thirty thousandths. Cut the groove in the
wood so that at the corner of the block its about.030" deep but
towards the middle of the block(flat face) it tapers to zero depth.
Lay the wire in the groove and file at a slight angle to the wire
towards the point, rotating the wire for a uniform point. Yeah, you
will need a fine enough file to not jam up. The downward pressure
from the file should keep the wire locked in the groove giving you