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    I'm looking for some suggestions on good books or websites that cover wire forming. By this, I mean taking a straight wire and bending it into various patterns such as miniature hand grabs, antennae, etc. My understanding is that it can be done manually or pneumatically using a series of dies that will form the various bends in the pattern.

    Any ideas on where to learn more information on this technique?

    Thanks,
    Terry
    Terry

    There's only one way to find out, might as well get started now!

  • #2
    simple solution

    I expect that this little grooved plate is too limited
    http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...=1,43456,43407
    but it is cheap and within its capabilities works well.

    I haven't tried but could it be enlarged somewhat to do bigger & better things?

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    • #3
      Do some research on a "four slide" machine. We have one at the shop, but I have yet to get to play with it.
      They sound, and look like exactly what you want.

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      • #4
        Check youtube. There are some amazing videos for spring winding. I bet there are some for wire bending too.

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        • #5
          I went to a factory last year making supermarket trollies, they had a couple of CNC wireworkers, italian i think, like baby CNC tube benders, there was a US factory for the beasties too, they were really fascinating to watch as they were also doing stainless brake lines
          regards
          mark
          http://www.aimmachines.com/

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          • #6
            You can do an amazing amount of fancy wire bending jigging from boards and nails.

            A friend of mine once made a line of Rocco bird cages using a HF spotwelder and a pile of boards with shaped edges and bending posts made by driving nails. old them for thousands.

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            • #7
              I'm with Forrest on this one if you are doing small numbers, the boards and nails or they have what looks like a peg board with loose pins that can be moved to form different wire forms. The pins also have different dia. They are called thing-a-ma Jigs the aluminum one in the photo they also come in plastic in assorted sizes under different names.

              You can also get a set of bending wire form pliers,From MicoMark or any of the model hobby sites, Tower RC sell one that is used to bend music wire for the control throws. Jewelry supply shops will have a number of pliers that will have two different shaped jaws or stepped sized jaws. the set from MircoMark is in this next photo along with, all of my wire shaping pliers.


              I have been making stainless wire hangers for parrot toys, for over 25 years. with a couple of pairs of custom adjusted pliers.
              Cut notches in cheap pliers, either round or plain needle nose.
              As in this photo

              You can do the out side of spring load pliers if you need to open some thing.
              Glen
              Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
              I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
              All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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              • #8
                And these are great as they are cheap to make, you can get any number of benders out of one nut. I showed these to somebody that has up to six holes on a flat. That way he only needed to find 2 used large size nuts. Frugal doesn't describe him.

                All you need is large hex/square nuts and some assorted taper pins





                The distance between the taper pins, allows differing sized wire/rod the rod pictured is 3/16"

                Diarco's site has a PDF download on the art of bending that should help
                MicroMark hobby tools
                Glen
                Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
                I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
                All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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                • #9
                  You may want to look for books on Scroll wire method of jewelry making, also most any book on wire jewelry will have all the basic wire forming moves in it. Either on line or at the local library. Wire formed jewelry is currently enjoying a renewed following.
                  There are a large number of dvd's out including one on forming names for jewelry.
                  Glen
                  Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
                  I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
                  All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PTSideshow
                    I have been making stainless wire hangers for parrot toys, for over 25 years.

                    I can't believe I just read that sentence. To be honest, I feel a bit traumatized.


                    The Di-Arco company makes a variety of benders and their online catalogs have a TON of good information
                    Last edited by RobbieKnobbie; 06-06-2010, 12:01 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RobbieKnobbie
                      The Di-Arco company ..
                      (sp) Di-Acro .

                      A PDF from them: The Art of Bending

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                      Last edited by EddyCurr; 06-06-2010, 12:41 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RobbieKnobbie
                        I can't believe I just read that sentence. To be honest, I feel a bit traumatized.


                        The Di-Arco company makes a variety of benders and their online catalogs have a TON of good information

                        Why? Parrots need to play too.....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RobbieKnobbie
                          The Di-Arco company ..
                          (sp) Di-Acro .

                          A PDF from them: The Art of Bending

                          .

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                          • #14
                            good catch Eddycurrent....Di-Arco makes welders.....

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                            • #15
                              Yep, caught it twice - just to make sure (sigh) ...

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