Did you know we have a free Metals Club at Ornamentea? This club meets the second Wednesday of every month with great projects taught by club members. July's project will be chain-making using a few simple tools and various gauges of wire. Usually the club seems to have a thing for fire, but this month they are doing the cold work thing and creating some interesting chains.
Wanna come? The meeting starts at 6:15.
Just call the store at 919-834-6260 and reserve a seat as it fills up.
All tools and supplies are available at the store. Ask us to reserve yours to save time on Wednesday.
Supplies you will need to participate:
You will need 5' or more of the following: **
24ga copper wire or 24ga half hard wire
20ga copper wire or 20ga half hard wire
18ga copper wire or 18ga half hard wire
**The thinner the gauge, the finer the chain
Tools are available to share, but please bring your own, labeled with your name, so you can work uninterrupted.
Round nose pliers
2 pairs chain nose pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Ball pein hammer (for base metal) or chasing hammer (sterling)
Needle or diamond files
Ruler with inches and mm
4-6mm beads that fit on 24 or 20 ga wire
1 brass tube, 11/32" or larger diameter
Optional, but extremely helpful:
Round/flat nose, looping pliers
Flat-half round forming pliers
Flush cutters (These will reduce the amount of filing required)
Torch and fuel w/fire brick