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Thread: How to make a cage - Part 1

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    Default How to make a cage - Part 1



    Make sure your measuring equipment is set to imperial, (not metric).

    Set it to exactly 1 inch.

    Once this is done, select some 32 thou silver wire and cut 8 x 1 inch lengths either judging the length by eye against the gauge.

    Or by setting up a chenier cutting jig (the red thing) which can aid repeatability and speed production.


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    Default second installment

    Just kidding about imperial measurements! -
    The wire is 1 inch long (about 25mm) for us EU-ites and is standard fully annealed Cookson's best 0.8mm Sterling silver wire.



    This is a Wire collet jig.



    Clockwise from the top - Base, Collar, piece of miscellaneous copper (stops the wires dropping right through),
    and Nut - which I use as a spacer, to keep the copper sheet at the height I want it!
    And last but not least - 8 Claw head.



    I'm just using the jig to keep the wires apart and roughly aligned - (since juggling 8 wires can otherwise be tricky).
    An alternative method would have been to stick the 8 wires into the charcoal block directly which works just as well
    (if not better as the jig acts like a heat sink, which can be a menace if you don't have a lot of heat in the first place.



    The wires are pushed loosely in the jig, --------- next time I'll tidy them up and get down to some soldering.

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    Default Soldering on

    I made a cap for the top of the cage, to cover the joint - this is the moment of whacking it out using a disc cutter.



    And here's the result



    To solder the wires and the cap I'm using Oxy Propane as it gives a small, very hot flame - the torch is a Smiths Little torch.



    And here is the result - not my finest soldering, but it won't come apart in a hurry!


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    Default Dome alone

    Here's the soldered cage after pickling.



    Next we need to get it into the shape of a rounded cage top.
    For this we apply violence in the form of a doming punch in a doming block.



    See! - it's domed already


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    This is good. Don't keep us waiting too long for the next installment please.

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    Blimey, I've just noticed the time of your last post Bigwol! Get some sleep - we can wait a little longer.

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    Oh! ...to have all these tools!!! I'm loving the thread though Bigwol...keep it coming!!

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    Wow this is fab, thanks Bigwol! Especially great for me being a newbie Really great to see it in stages. Can't wait for the next installment Erm well when youhave caught up on your sleep that is.

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    Thanks for the demo of the claw setting jig too, I've got one and it didn't come with instructions - I think I dare use it now!
    Lorraine

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    i am such a noob. it would never have occurd to me that you could shape solderd wire bits with a doming block. excellent thread
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