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Rudy 2020-01-11 11:29am

Pin vice
 
Does anybody use a pin vice? If so, how do you like it, and where did you purchase it? Thanks in advance!!!

Three Muses Glass 2020-01-11 11:45am

For head pin wires, yes. Widget supply has a long double ended pin vise for about $5. It just takes a sec to unscrew the collet enough to pick it up with long tweezers and put in the kiln. Don't use your fingers. Ask me how I know.

ESC 2020-01-11 3:21pm

I use one quite often, mostly with copper or stainless wire or with nails (used as palettes for cabachons). I think I got mine from Arrow Springs or Frantz a couple of decades ago. It has a collet that allows you to interchange four different sizes of wire holder.

Eileen 2020-01-11 6:39pm

I put a piece of tungsten rod in one that I bought from the welding supply store. I wish it had a wooden handle though.

Sue in Maine 2020-01-13 5:25am

I picked up a couple at the hardware store and I use them to hold copper wire while I'm making pressed flowers. Love making flowers!

Sue

losthelm 2020-01-13 6:57am

I have one I like it came with some cup burrs.
jetsinc.com was the distributor, though several suppliers have similar.
If your making your own ear wires or similar cup burrs speed up finished the ends.

isaberg 2020-02-12 4:58pm

I make hundreds of headpins a month, and have just ended up using a rod holder instead. I have to put the pin slightly off-center, but it is so much easier to just pop it open than to fight with unscrewing a pin vise.

echeveria 2020-02-14 8:30am

Quote:

Originally Posted by isaberg (Post 5062570)
I make hundreds of headpins a month, and have just ended up using a rod holder instead. I have to put the pin slightly off-center, but it is so much easier to just pop it open than to fight with unscrewing a pin vise.

I like the sound of that! Too bad I sold my rod holder. I may have to get another.


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