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pinkslinky
« on: June 30, 2011 09:22:10 AM »

I usually make earrings but once in a while I'll do something different. Like this pin that I think is remeniscent of a seahorse. My son says 'slug'. He's lucky I went through all that trouble to give birth to him.





My question is: How do I work the end to a finer point? I have used files but the point is. . . sloppy. What would work? Knife sharpener?  Hand held sander? A specialty machine that costs hundreds?





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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011 11:11:32 AM »

I see a seahorse, or if I look at it a different way, the head of a chameleon.

Did you sand with the file in your hand? You may get a better point if you hold the file down and move the wire across it. I may be talking rubbish though!
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2011 12:05:28 PM »

I see a seahorse, or if I look at it a different way, the head of a chameleon.

Did you sand with the file in your hand? You may get a better point if you hold the file down and move the wire across it. I may be talking rubbish though!


I'll try that. Thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011 12:17:07 PM »

Not a slug, it is lovely!

use a dremel, or other rotary tool, with a sanding disc in it, lay the pin tip so it's barely touching the disc and facing the same direction it's running, at a slight angle, use the lightest pressure and wear glasses!
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2011 12:39:50 PM »

Not a slug, it is lovely!

use a dremel, or other rotary tool, with a sanding disc in it, lay the pin tip so it's barely touching the disc and facing the same direction it's running, at a slight angle, use the lightest pressure and wear glasses!

Ah! Guess who has a whole set of dremels that his mother is about to hijack!
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2011 05:31:22 AM »

lol that's awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011 12:54:57 PM »

I usually make earrings but once in a while I'll do something different. Like this pin that I think is remeniscent of a seahorse. My son says 'slug'. He's lucky I went through all that trouble to give birth to him.





My question is: How do I work the end to a finer point? I have used files but the point is. . . sloppy. What would work? Knife sharpener?  Hand held sander? A specialty machine that costs hundreds?


a whetstone/sharpening stone/oilstone.  the dremel will rip your hand off as well as half of the metal.  the whetstone will give you a beautifully sharp point on pins and earrings.  no jewelry toolbox should be without one!



 
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011 01:06:42 PM »

A little searching found a whetstone for 13 dollars. And it can be used to sharpen my kitchen knives.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011 03:39:44 PM »

nice, lovely pin - i had the same concern with a pin.  What gauge wire did you use?  I contacted a jewelry idea book author to ask if how to wear the heavier gauge wire.  the response was basically that it works.  It seems to me that there would be a large hole in the garment, but i could be totally wrong.  thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011 03:31:31 AM »

18 gauge wire was used. I ended up using the dremel. My son set in on the very lowest setting because he thought using it at the regular speed would rip the piece from my hand. We then clicked it up to the third slowest setting.

Ordered that 11 dollar whetstone. I don't see it anywhere any cheaper.
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