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Monday, June 18, 2012

Techniques Revisited - Twisting Square-Section Rod

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Technique: Twisting Square-Section Sterling Silver Rod
Original Posting Date: 8 June 2011

All page number references and quotations are from the book The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young. Click here to learn about this fantastic book!

Today's Technique
Twisting Thick Wire Stock
page 134


Square Section Wire
Adjustable Spanner

*Some notes on the materials
First, I do not have square silver stock so I used sterling silver rectangular stock (4mm x 2mm).
Second, I do not own an adjustable spanner, so I twisted the wire using my pliers - marking the end of my piece quite a bit in the process!

Steps to Success

1. Bend the wire at one end for a better hold in the vise.

"...this will prevent the wire from rotating in the vise when it is being twisted." pg. 134

2. Secure the bend in your wire in your vise. Please use a vise with soft jaws to better protect your wire.

3. Hold the protruding end of the wire securely in your adjustable spanner and rotate the spanner until you are happy with the design you have created.

Please remember to periodically anneal your wire if you must repeatedly twist the wire in order to achieve the results you desire.


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