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[Source] X-Hard Sterling wire


#1

Does anyone know of a supplier that carries extra hard round wire in
sterling on the west coast?

Michelle Mahler Teka and Zoe


#2

Hi Michelle,

Does anyone know of a supplier that carries extra hard round wire
in sterling on the west coast? 

If you already have the wire you want in the gauge you want you can
make your own extra hard wire easily.

Cut off the length of wire you want extra hard, (add a few extra
inches).

Uncoil the wire so there are no loops in it.

Clamp one end in a vice or form a small loop in it & place it over a
nail driven into a sturdy support.

Form a small loop on the other end.

Place a cup hook or a hook you fashion yourself in the chuck of an
electric drill.

Place the remaining loop in the end of the wire over the hook.

While keeping the drill aligned with the wire, draw the wire taut.

While keeping the wire taut, run the drill at a moderate speed. If
the wire begins to bounce, laying a finger on it will usually stop
the bouncing. If the bouncing doesn’t stop, stop the drill & begin
again at a slower speed when the bouncing has stopped.

The wire will usually break at one of the ends when it’s become
hard. If it breaks some place in between the ends, there was probably
a nick in the wire at that spot.

Dave