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Need small copper tube supply


#1

Does anyone have a “cheap” supplier for small copper tubing?
Preferably 1/8th inch or 5/32nd inch. I found some at Micro-Mark,
but its expensive if you need a lot, an I want it for making beads,
lots of beads.

thanks
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-randy
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#2
Does anyone have a "cheap" supplier for small copper tubing? 

In general, try Small Parts: www.smallparts.com Specifically for
copper tubing, try this Small Parts catalog page:
http://www.engineeringfindings.com/cat21/p120.pdf
(You’ll need Acrobat Reader for the latter.)


#3

Hi Randy, I don’t know how urban your area is but if there’s a
scrapyard within reasonable distance try that. I go prospecting at my
local scrapyard about once a week. You never know what you’re going to
find in the way of exotic metals. I buy copper and brass tubing there
at about a dollar a pound.

Cheers,
Hans Durstling
Moncton, Canada


#4

Hi Randy,

 Does anyone have a "cheap" supplier for small copper tubing?
Preferably 1/8th inch or  5/32nd inch.  I found some at Micro-Mark,
but its expensive if you need a lot, 

You might try a refrigeration supplier. They usually stock several
sizes of copper tubing. Capillary tubing may be the size you’re
looking for. Around here, other sources are ACE Hardware & model
shops. They stock many sizes of copper tubing in 1 ft lengths. Most
of it is mfgd. by K & E Engineering (I think) in the Chicago area.

Dave


#5

Dave, Check with auto stores…I have used copper tubing found there
for making copper/enamel beads. Good luck! Kelly


#6

K & S Engineering is the manufacturer in Chicago which supplies most
of the stuff that you will find in your typical Ace Hardware store:
www.ksmetals.com. I haven’t checked their website personally, as I
have always called them (773-586-8503), but this is what is listed in
their literature. Don’t know how their prices compare to Special
Shapes Co. (800-51-shape) or if you have further requirements about ID
that would indicate using one supplier over the other. Both have 1/8th
and 5/32nd inch copper tubing. Hope this helps.

-Stacey