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Old 12-03-2011, 12:15 PM
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beau, old pal, please read our FAQ. Just the first item.
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Well, I'd go with the round nose pliers like Pop is suggesting.

I might even consider finding any hard, round, object, locating where you want the bend, and then pulling the wire around by hand. Practice will get you in the zone for creating repeatable bends.

For making repeatable, graceful arcs like in that sculpture, draw them out on a piece of paper and you'll have something consistent to match up with.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:15 PM
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These are all I have in pliers
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Go to Hobby Lobby and grab you a pair of round noses off their jewelry aisle. Take a 40% off one item coupon and it's a hard to beat deal...
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Beau, those Knipex pliers are keepers. Good stuff. You should be able to get an inexpensive pair of round nose pliers at a crafts store or Harbor Freight or a similar place.

I would be tempted to form the large arc of the mobile wire simply by grabbing each end of a wire and pulling back and forth at a slight downward angle over a somewhat rounded object. Something like polishing shoes with a rag, or sawing with a wire. That would get you a gentle radius. Then try to make the loop in the center with the round pliers by grasping up close with a fingernail and twisting around. It's all a matter of practice and learned skill.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:25 PM
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I purchased a set of each of the reference attached from these guys, seem
to be good quality but I would do as Dubby suggested, check Hobby Lobby
for something equal.
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http://www.micromark.com/6-piece-Min...-Set,7615.html

http://www.micromark.com/6-piece-Min...-Set,7615.html
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:52 PM
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Thanks everyone for the input. Pliers don't work with the .055 mm and .042 mm wires I'm usinq ~ it's impossible to make anything but a crude eye. I made a homemade version of Micro-Mark's 60346 Wire Bender and it worked well enough that I've gone ahead and ordered the real thing (it's only $14.50) ~ glad to hear, LeaonS, that Micro-Mark is good quality.

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>> form the large arc of the mobile wire simply by grabbing each end of a wire and pulling back and forth at a slight downward angle over a somewhat rounded object . . .<< etc
OK, I'll give that a try for the larger arcs. It's going to be a challenge because I want to begin a spiral on one axis then continue the spiral on a shifted axis - very hard to get the wire to sit still for this
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Beau,

For .055 mm wire, I think you could just look at it hard and bend it. I haven't done it, but forming a wire of a diameter of two thousandths of an inch shouldn't be hard. I would "use the force".
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:24 PM
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Hi USMCPOP ~
The problem isn't bending the wire, that's easy ~ the problem is making a perfect eye, which is super-difficile, as the French say
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:44 AM
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OK everybody, turns out this is a harder problem than it looks at first.
• Pliers are useless, they make loops so uneven they can't justifiably be called
loops; and they deform the wire at their grasping-points.
• I got the Micro-Mark 60346, it won't do the trick, can only bend the wire
180° or a little more.
• Bending around a shaft produces uneven loops and plier-point deformations.

Here's the problem:
-bend a .055 (or thereabouts) steel wire into a smooth loop, about ¼"
diameter (see picture)
-so that both strands of the wire come out of the loop at 90° from the
vertical axis of the loop
-with the strands touching at the base of the loop.

Let's hear your solutions!
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