it might sound strange, but.. I was wondering if anyone knows of any small quantity metal suppliers that also sell tubing, that they cut to size and bend to shape. I only need one maybe two feet - tops, bent to a regular round shape, 1/2 inch outer diameter of the tube (approximately - I can go slightly larger or slightly smaller)
I'm working on a necklace that as part of it, has a hefty looking torque. its already pretty heavy, so I'm trying to avoid using solid brass rod. but i cannot bend tubing properly myself and the tools to do so are pretty expensive (not to mention, require being bolted to the floor,something I cannot really do in a rental). I tried doing online searches, the only company I found that doesn't have minimum quantity and does bending to order... their largest diameter is 1/4 of an inch.
so does anyone happen to know of any places that might be selling what I need? or maybe has an advice on how to find a local company that would bend a tube for me affordably? i can buy straightened tubing locally, no problem, but for some reason I thought bending it would be easier then it turned out to be :/
that's what I tried. aside from not having enough strength to bend the tube without assistance of a vice, despite making sure I annealed the metal before bending, it still kinked.
I called Mettaliferous to see if they knew anyone, they suggested i try with a longer length of tube.
I'll try it again, once I have a chance to buy more tubing (though I already exceeded my budget for this damn project and then some) but honestly, at this point if i can find a professional to do this for me? I'd rather go that route.
you mean spring tube benders? well... at least its not $100 bucks worth a try, thank you for the recommendation.
benders arrived. they work. there's just one snag. the kit of 6 different sizes.. still doesn't match the size of tubing that I need. and when I tried to use slightly smaller bender... the tube kinked. in retrospect, I probably should have gone shopping with a tool in hand, but how was I supposed to know considering that I went by the numbers they listed..
this project is turning out to be probably the least favorite piece I worked on so far. and I cannot even say - screw it, I'm going to work on something else, because its for someone else :/
it doesn't help that I have to either order online or take a long train ride, every time I need to go shopping :/
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2012 8:57:56 GMT -6 by LinaLeah