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    Default Madness in the Workshop.

    Euripides said: ‘Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad’. This might well have been brought on by an hour or so with binding wire.
    Even so, there comes a time when we have to use it and the stainless steel version goes a little way towards rescuing the situation. Cooksons have one which is 0.3mm in diameter, that you can twist into a two strand cable and then anneal. This turns it black and finger soft. In use it will be best to give this two or more tightening-loops to be adjusted with pliers.
    At least it is unlikely to break, just when you think you have it sorted. It will not get soldered to your work very easily and it can be dropped into pickle without turning everything red. Good for Cookies.
    Providing you don’t want it hallmarked, stainless steel wire can also be annealed, stretched to straighten it, cleaned up and soldered into silver as very thin hinge pins. For instance it is in all the joints of this mobile pendant where the horizontal parts are tubes. In this case the wire used was 0.7mm. Dennis.

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    Dennis - I love this. I'm a huge fan of kinetic jewellery, and especially anything with a hint of of the gyroscopic involved!

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    Default Stop Press on Madness

    Here is the bracelet, just finished, that prompted my rant. The segments were wedged with the rolling mill and then solderd bit by bit, held with binding wire.
    I found that I could slacken the stainless steel wire and re-use it on the next segment at least once.

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    Wow - what an amazing item you've made - I love it.
    Anne

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    Love both those pieces! So geometric, very nice. Looks like the madness was worth it?! I know nothing about binding wire, might have to investigate :-)

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    Beautiful work, Dennis

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    Lol glad to see that once the binding wire was done with the end results were so gorgeous though
    apparently madness and genius are not far apart
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    I've always thought that you cant see light through the gap between madness and genius. Fantabulous pieces (as ever) Dennis

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    I love the pendat - just my thing - beautiful!
    I think my frustration may get the better of me with binding wire - I think i may be the most thumb-fingered jewellery maker out here...

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