I have always used jewelry making tools for coils (when I still built them) but I have never come across this one. Some of these coil making geniuses could make some cool jewelry if they chose.
As some of you know I create all kinds of complex coils. Early on in my wire spinning someone told me about spool tamers. I went on Amazon and got a pack of about 20 of them. I always ended up taking them off of my rolls. Maybe I’m not using them correctly but it’s my opinion that they just get in the way. I use painters tape to fasten the ends of my spools. That’s what has worked best for me. The only time my wire would want to unravel like crazy is if I actually dropped the spool.
The first time I ever encountered a spool tamer was with a roll of Wotofo wire. That one just got in the way too so I should’ve known that I didn’t need them for my round wire rolls.
As far as making claptons and all that, I just do it free hand or whatever the term would be.
So you don’t get finger groove syndrome?
Definitely…I could see some nice bracelets in some of the coil wraps. I always wondered if you could weave your own mesh. I’ve seen woven wire on jewelry tutes. I’d be interested in what kind of resistance you could get.
there are a few guys that make mesh, 20 core SFC ? they say it blows away sheet mesh.
Same here my friend. I bought several from a hobby shop and gave them away shortly after.
The thinner you go on cores OR the clapton wrap, the harder staggered fused claptons get. They’ve been my jam the last few months though.
My personal bests:
Thinnest cores: 32ga (5x32/40, on the bottom)
Most cores: 7 (7×30/40ga)
Thinnest stagger: 42ga (3x27/42)
Staggering 7 x 30cores was tough enough the way I do it. I could try to get up to 10 but I’d have to drop the core size. When I used 32ga cores I used SS. That is some really flimsy wire to play with as cores. N80 might be better. Still 20 cores is a lot. Props to whoever is doing that. I believe them that it’d vape better than a thin strip of mesh.
you got my Prop’s . i have done 2 core well enough to use, 3 core was a failure, but i think i know what i did wrong. my main problem is seeing those darn tiny wires. i’m thinking about getting one of those magnifiers that are on a stand.
the 20 core was done by one of the bigshots on Coil Wars.
The more you do them, the better feel you get for it. It seems like everybody does a different method of the initial stagger, but also a different method for the fusing part. Then there’s people who keep all of their tricks a secret. They don’t want more people to be able to do what they do. I’m an open book though so if you ever want to try more cores again, I can help you the best I can.
It helps to have good vision but also good lighting. I was just mentioning this on another forum but I use 2 lamps with the room light on. I’ve tried just about every magnification method there is. I don’t use any of it unless I have to. When I mess up, I can see somethings not right. That’s when I need to look closer. Besides those moments and getting my button in place, I just use my eyes.
Dwayne Rambo on YouTube gave a tip that works great. Use an old phone with a macro lens to zoom in at what you’re looking at. They make phone stands too where you can position it wherever you want. I don’t use a stand or anything but tried it to get peeks at what’s going wrong. Headsets are nice but make me hunchback if I want to see anything closely.
I took the end off of a useless BB gun scope and it works great as a spy glass type thing. To tell you the truth, I use that more than anything.
practice practice practice & thanx for the offer
i thought about the phone thing. headsets, thats what i have. 1 eye focuses at 3", the other at 4" and off to the right. so i look like a hunchbacked bobblehead trying to see what i’m doing = not fun.
Nice. Make me a watch band JK
I use these. Started out with a mag glass but got tired of closing one eye. This works much better for me and I have a couple that I paid about 15.00 for as a set. High magnification reading glasses might help as well.
tht is the exact one i have.
3.5 is the highest readers i know of. 6 or 8 would be what i need and ideal
I cannot fathom making coils like this. It must have taken so much time.
Would a helping hands be useful? They have high magnification and can hold a couple wires.
Yep I have a set like that too. It was thirty bucks or so on Amazon. I’ll throw it on every once in a while but use my little scope thing more.
I don’t know what that is. I’ll have to look it up.
Silverline 282589 Heavy Duty 3x Helping Hands, 60mm
There are various magnifications and price points.
That is stunning! Any idea what the resistance would be? And do they have a vid on how to make it?
Beautiful work @INOIROC My friend who likes to spin does so because he says it relaxes him. I wish I could get into that head frame. Maybe when I retire instead of knitting or crocheting I’ll get into spinning wire I’ve only done simple Claptons in the past and then they started selling spools of it and I quit.