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« on: March 20, 2012 10:26:01 PM »

Anybody have any recommendations on what to do about my pliers denting and scratching up my copper wire as I'm forming it? I'm using fairly soft 18 and 20 gauge copper wire. I've tried coating the tips of my pliers in latex but that comes off fairly quickly. Maybe a better pair of pliers? Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012 05:43:12 AM »

I would try Plasti-dip it's a bit more robust than latex and might work.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2012 07:47:48 PM »

I like to use masking tape on mine. Also; do your pliers have teeth? Teeth = bad.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012 06:42:24 AM »

Oh yes, agreed completely there, teeth will scar and scuff your piece something fierce. Depending on what you're doing you could also make a wooden jig for doing  majority of the bending, it really comes down to what you want your final piece to look like. You can also make a bending fork from steel round stock (if you need an example of a bending fork you can see one here) obviously you're not going to want one quite that large, but you get the idea.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012 10:08:56 AM »

No teeth, flat and round nosed pliers, it just seems the pressure needed to hold the piece and the hard edges of the flat one scratch occasionally and the time it takes to buff it all out is a pain. Will look into the plasti-dip and bending fork, thanks for the tips!
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2012 05:48:48 PM »

If you're still leaving scuffs and such on the wire still, even though you're using the right tools, it sounds like you need to anneal the wire you're working with before you start working on it. Most copper that I see purchased has been work hardened from the forming process and annealing will do the job.
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