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Daily Wire Tip Apr. 9: Smoothing Sharp Wire Ends
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
April 9, 2011
Dale, what can I use to get rid of sharp wire ends? I have used a nail file without much luck.
-Ellie in Mechanicsville, Virginia
Hi Ellie, yes, sharp wire ends have to go! Most of the time, I personally like to use a strong emery board (affordable and easy to replace) on about any wire end. When I am making a lot of ear wires at a time, I use a cup burr in my drill or automatic wire twister. If I am just doing a few, I either use a wire rounder (which is a cup burr inserted into a comfortable wooden handle), or a sharpening stone.
To help you visualize this, I recommend Sonja Kiser’s nice video tip, How to Remove Wire Burrs. Hope this all helps!
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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