My pal brought over his old torch on Friday and made some wires with balled ends on both sides. I haven't tried it myself yet. I wanted to try under supervision, but honestly, I couldn't stop him, he had too much fun with the little ping sound (any Monty Python fans here?) and the rosy balled ends *eyeroll*
Now the torch is standing there laughing at me
Last Edit: May 14, 2017 5:52:07 GMT -6 by caeterle
Oh, and I used the pickle recipe from one of my links, by the way. I don't have a crockpot or anything like that, so I just added salt to vinegar in a glass jar and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
My pickle didn't turn blue, but to be honest I didn't have white vinegar and used balsamico instead ...
And I don't have any plans for the wires yet. Different question - you know how the balls look all rosy after torching? Does that come off with pickling? The wires look to me as if they have the same color from one end to the other. I have seen pieces with the rosy ends, though. How do you keep them like that?
Cat, after picking, the color turns back to copper color but it's not shiny. I took a wire bristle brush to it and then it turned shiny again. Steele wool should work as well if you want to get it back to it's original shinyness.
I have some form folded leaves that I made a few years ago and did not pickle them because I liked that rosy color. After all that time they are still rosy, so if I'm understanding your question correctly, you shouldn't have to do anything to them.
Cat, that's awesome! I think we've discovered a new way to make headpins for those who are torch challenged!
I used 20 gauge pure copper. I tried 18, but so far it hasn't worked as I think the wire is too thick. I believe I once read that anything over 20g is too much for the small torches to handle so it makes sense that 18 didn't work because I doubt the stove burner gets much hotter than a small torch.
Pickling is something I haven't done yet. I clean up my copper using the wire brush attachment on my dremel. But, I'm planning to make 100 of these and putting them in the tumbler to harden them. Once that's done, pickling will be a lot faster than using the wire brush on 100 head pins.