Hello Fellow Orchidians,
This one is for the tool-builders and DIY types out there. I seem to
recall that some time ago we briefly discussed a home-made wire
beading tool --the one where you have beaded impressions carved into
two matching plates which you hammer down onto the wire to produce
the beaded wire-- but I don’t remember anyone actually making one.
I’d like to use some beaded Argentium Sterling in some of my designs
and that has got me thinking of this beading tool again. If you’re
curious what “beading tool” I’m talking about you can see a couple
drawings of one at
Like I say there, my question is what steel to use for the plates?
Mild steel is going to get banged up, no? Tool steel is overkill,
I’ve got a pretty good idea how to make this thing but I’m not versed
in metals well enough to know what grade(s) of steel would be likely
candidates for this project. Any advice you can offer would be much
in The City of Light