HI Nancy, I love your designs, especially the silver/copper balls.
It gave me some great ideas…
I was in Jean Starks class for granulation , and she showed us a tool
Tevel from Allcraft, is having made, to cut wire at exact lengths.
To make granulation balls, you can cut jump rings of 30 ga wire on a
1 mm shaft, heat them, and they form little granulation balls. Or
you can cut snippets of fine silver sheet and heat then and they will
form balls, or you can cut lengths of fine silver wire and they will
roll up into balls. The hard part is getting then all the same size.
The tool he is making will cut to the exact length each time… I
tested it on about 1000 snippets and it was perfect each time for
more than 99% of the time.
I’ll take a picture of the machine when I get it and cut you some
snippets if you want to try them. The tool costs about $200, but
worth it if you are doing lots of granulation. The first ounce of
balls pays for the tool…
For solder, Hover & Strong sells 19 ga wire solder in 1 ounce rolls
for $10.22 an oz. Hard, Med and Easy. If you can use a wire snippet
instead of a flat pavilion, this would work great.
Love and God Bless