I know, Cat! I have this mental image of you huddled over a camp stove making balled head pins!
Interesting, Carina. It's like a science experiment to see how different types of gas behave. The ones you made with your torch look great!
Thanks for clarifying, Gayle. In that case, I stand by my original statement!
Ok, headpins are out of the tumbler which cleaned off a great deal of the black stuff. They will be going into the pickle soon. I think I'll use Carina's recipe. Have never pickled anything before so this will be a learning experience too.
Carina, I think it was the tumbling as they came out a lot cleaner than they went in.
I agree about using things already in the kitchen cabinets. Less expensive and less toxic too!
Now that you've got your torch out, I bet you'll be using it a lot more. I really enjoyed making these headpins and I also really like the organic, hand made look they have over machine made factory headpins. I may never use commercial headpins again!
I've seen wire wrapped pieces with the balled ends and have wanted to make some myself, but didn't think I had a way to make balled ends. Now I can too, Carina. Maybe we should have a challenge to make a design with balled wire! What do you think? Cat, are you in?
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2017 17:10:30 GMT -6 by DawninCal
Actually the first thing I had done with my thin wire is to make two balled ends. I know a few people who wire wrap with copper like that and always loved the look. What I also did was hold two wires together, so I had a ball (or two) on the end, but still two wires. No idea yet what that could be good for, but I used my scraps for that, anyway.
To answer your question, though, Dawn, I'm not in if I can't get my 21 gauge to work with me
I only use the 30 gauge in fine silver for crochet, I also have some 28 gauge, but not that much. Partly I like the fine texture of the crochet with 28 gauge, but of course it's also a monetary decision. The copper wires, pure and colored ones, that I use for crochet and weaving are usually 28 gauge.
Quite fast, yes, but not beyond control at all. Since I was using scraps, I could try different lengths of wire. You have to be more careful that the ball doesn't fall off, but even that only happened to me once.