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« on: January 02, 2008 04:56:24 PM »

i want to start working with silver, but before i do so, i'm going to work with copper.  Basically, i want to cut shapes out of sheet silver/copper.  my conern is that i do not know where to find the correct size file for copper or silver pieces.  my goal is to file the edges so that they are smooth and rounded, rather than sharp.  does anyone know of any websites that can sell me the correct files?  i've seen files for silver/copper wire, are those the same?  thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008 06:28:27 PM »

well, i just use sandpaper to file down my edges--but i don't really do sheet work.

i know lots of jewelers use their rotary tools (dremmels) and lightly grind, then buff the edges

good luck!

« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008 06:50:39 PM »

i didn't even think of using my dremel wannabe!  thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 03:22:51 PM »

you are welcome--just remember to 'think outside the box' when it comes to solving your problems Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2008 05:41:17 PM »

standard needle files work just fine. You can usually get a set of about 12 or so at a hardware store, cheap. they'res also emery sticks, both paint- and popsicle-sticks you cover in paper yourself.

If you plan on using a rotary tool you might want to learn to use a split mandrel, and make a few in diffirent grits.

my personal favourite for interior details is just putting a strip of emery cloth into my saw frame.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008 10:10:00 AM »

Needle files are great, but they're also really inefficient for larger edges. Standard files from the hardware store should work fine.

I prefer filing by hand on most pieces - dremels just don't have enough fine control.

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