Last night me and a buddy were screwing around in the studio and
tried a few things out. I filled an annealed tube of brass that was
crimped at one end with clean, dry, sand, and plugged the other end
with soft wax. I bent it around a dowel held in a vise, as I normally
would for heavy round wire, and it worked quite well. Unfortunately
it wasn’t good enough, and the cross section picked up a bit of off
axis oval that would make it quite hard to get the ends to match well
for soldering. In another attempt I took some chromatography grade
silica and tried the same method with worse results.
My buddy thought it would be clever to lube and insert hard iron
wire into silver tubing, bend it without drawing the tube down on to
it, trim the ends, and then unscrew the iron out like it was an
exotic bolt. Neat idea, but turned out to be quite difficult to get
the coils consistent enough for effective removal. Perhaps with some
I want to try out the iron wire/sulfuric and/or aluminum/lye
methods, but those really require gold to attempt and are a bit
outside my budget for the experimental stages.
Someone else pointed out we have some cerrobend, and I think that
might be the next thing to try. Has anyone run into any problems
removing cerrobend from gold?