Re: craft wire
- --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "zedeme1" <jasjasjas46@.
>Traditional piano/music wire is cold drawn carbon steel with the
> I have often used "piano wire" - I'm not sure of its exact
> composition, but it has great retention and is available in various
> grades of thickness.
strength to resist between 200,000 to 400,000 pounds per square inch
before beginning to yield. Heating it red-hot will mostly ruin the
properities. It will rust if wet.
A 1/16 wire (1.5mm) - smaller than wood a pencil lead, could lift over
Most cutting pliers are not as strong as the wire is and using pliers
to cut music wire or piano wire will damage them. This is not a
problem if you don't cut much wire or don't care about the pliers.
Cutters also tend to leave the broken end of the wire extremely sharp.
Music wire is also harder than most metal files and will damage files.
The best tool for cutting music wire or piano wire is a Dremel tool
($50-80) with a cut-off wheel. This is available at most any model
airplane or model train hobby shop. The cut-off wheel not only cuts
the wire, but also can be used to round the end of the wire. There are
inexpensive copies ($20-30) of the genuine Dremel tool, valuable if
you are not intending to do years of cutting.
If you get such a tool Please get a pair of protective glasses.
Anything capable of going through music wire can send little pieces
that can go into eyes as well. This advice goes for pliers as well -
trimming a small piece can send said piece flying at a high speed in
an unpredictable direction.