Smiffy Posted August 12, 2013 Share Posted August 12, 2013 This is a really quick and simple tip, that I picked up years and years ago, but one that I use quite regularly. All you need is a couple of pairs of tweezer type tools (I like using the sprung loaded soldering clamps) and some form of wire. I'll use some fuse wire for this demo, but it works just as well with individual strands from electrical cable, as well. I'm not too sure how well it will work with lead wire though, as that is very brittle. Select the appropriate gauge of wire and cut a length off (making sure it's longer than you need for the required job). I'm using the thin 5a stuff here. Clamp the ends of the strand into your tweezers and twist it around the jaws a couple of times, for good measure. Taking a pair of tweezers in each hand, take up the slack and then slowly, but firmly pull the wire taught. In essence, all you are doing is stretching the wire straight. You will feel it as it begins to stretch and the trick is to know how far it will go before it snaps. It's not a big issue though, as if it does snap, it will usually be a clean break, so it will still be perfectly usable. After a couple of tries, you should be able to gauge just how far to stretch it, without breaking. Then, you simply cut the twisted ends off with some sharp scissors or a hobby knife and there you have it. A nice straight length of metal rod. Just perfect for additional detailing, or to replace overly thick plastic mouldings on things like radial engines or undercarriage parts and much more economical than buying lengths of brass rod. 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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