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Tools for working with 18g titanium wire


#1

Hello, Am about to experiment with doing wire wrapping/scupltures
with 18 gauge anodized titanium wire. Am guessing that this wire will
be harder and more robust than the half-hard silver, copper,
gold-filled wires that have been used thus far. Anyone have any tips
on what kind of flush-cutters, pliers, etc. to use that will be
strong enough–and where to get them?

Thanks, Chris


#2

You don’t need any special tools. Having said that… what grade
titanium do you have? It is a bit of a generic term. Grade 1 no
sweat, grade five good luck. We have used the same wire cutters,
shears here for decades. No big deal. Don’t buy the cheapest tools
you can find, you get what you pay for. Don’t imagine this is going
to be harder then it is. Ti. will have more spring back then you are
used to but, like I said it is no big deal. Get to work, see what it
is like, it will be different, it may change the way you work, if
you wear out a tool I say great! Your making stuff and maybe even
selling it WAAAHOOO! Please, please wear out a pair (why is one a
pair?) of pliers! Bill

Bill, Deborah & Michele
Reactive Metals Studio, Inc
928-634-3434, 800-876-3434, 928-634-6734fx


#3
Please, please wear out a pair (why is one a pair?) of pliers! 

because there are two pliers (plies) held together at the pivot
point. actually a left and a right hand mirror image thing.

John
www.rasmussengems.com