I went out and bought Rio's wire twisting pliers, remembering the
thread on Orchid on how to use them, but now I can't find any
mention of it in the archives.
Depending on how long a length of wire you need to twist & how tight
a twist you want, you may have better results using a drill or
flexshaft. All that’s needed is a hook to put in the drill or
flexshaft handpiece. A cup hook will work or you can make your own
from a heavy piece of wire.
Secure the hook in the drill chuck.
Measure off the piece of wire you want to twist.
Twist the 2 ends together & clamp them in a vise or twist them
around a nail driven into a sturdy support.
At the vise, grasp the wires between the thumb & forefinger so
the wires are laying side by side.
Slide the wire through your fingers until you reach the end.
Place the loop in the wire over the hook in the drill.
Draw the wire taut with the drill.
While holding the wire taut, run the drill until the desired
twist is achieved.
The drill used can be a manual (commonly called an egg beater drill)
or an electric drill. If the length of wire being twisted is
relatively long, an electric drill works best. The variable speed are
better to use than 1 or 2 speed.