Generally the proper tool for the job is the best way to go. If
you are REAL GOOD with a hammer, you “can” do some amount of
drawing, forming and texturing but you cannot duplicate a mill.
For wire, you might look into drawing plated (round, oval,
square, triangle, etc.) and draw stuff to your specifications.
The problem with this is getting the metal into a form that is
drawable, no easy feat by hand work. Also good drawing plates
are not cheap. If you are really needing to do this sort of
work, look for used mills from schools, out of business jewelers
and mfgrs., put an ad in your local papers, look in jewelry
magazines, or even go in with one or more other metal workers and
split the cost. The proper tool for the particular job is very
hard to beat! Good luck.
John and Cynthia/MidLife Crisis Enterprises
Maiden Metals/C. T. Designs/ Bloomin’ Wax Works. etc.
PO Bx 44, Philo
Ph 707-895-2635 FAX 707-895-9332
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