I am making a double pin stem for the first time. I have looked at
various different construction methods, and the part I’m not sure
about is how one bends the pin wire after inserting it into the
tubing that serves as the hinge.
Equal lengths of wire stick out on each side of the tubing, and then
you bend both sides in a 90 degree angle to create the double
pinstem. I am concerned that the wire wouldn’t bend close enough to
the edges of the tubing to look neat.
Also, I am working in 18k yellow gold. How many gauges hard should
the wire be? I want lots of spring, so it locks into the catch
firmly, but I am worried it won’t bend well if there is too much
spring. Has anyone done this type of hinge? With gold?