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Bending Brass Strips
Tin_Can
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 12:16 AM UTC
What's the best tool to use to bend brass strips to make scratchbuilt parts like tool mounts?
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 12:28 AM UTC
Bryan,
There is a gadget out called "Fold and Hold" available at several on-line shops. For myself I use a single edge razor blade and needle nose pliers, or fingers.
Hold the part down flat on your bench, with the tip of your pliers at the place you wand to bend, slip the razor blade under the part and bend. This works for angles.
For round bends, you have to find a round object smaller in diameter than what you want to bend. Then work it arond with your fingers.
If you look in the jewelry making section of a craft store, you may find smooth flat nose pliers and round nose types also. HTH (hope this helps)
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 12:47 AM UTC
Thanks Ron.
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 08:23 AM UTC
I never used it, but Ive heard if you heat it a little it tends to bend and form easily.
HTH
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 08:34 AM UTC
You got that right Sprue. It's called annealing (benefits of a nuclear education...lol). But with the small thin stuff I'm talking about (perhaps I didn't make that clear) you wouldn't need to do that.
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 08:51 AM UTC
I haven't done it for modeling yet, but I have built some fishing lures and there are some pliers made for this that are round and taper from thin to thick. You can make any size circular bend you want. for sharp angle bends I don't know what to tell you. I remember the pliers wheren't more than $10. Any place that sells fishing lure making supplies should have some.
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 08:53 AM UTC
Thanks Drew, I'll have to look into that.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 04:51 AM UTC
The idea of looking into specialized tools like for jewelry or lure making is interesting. I'll remember that.
Problem is, after a few years of modeling this becomes a second nature. I can't see anything new without pondering on its possible use for scratchbuilding !

Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 06:47 AM UTC

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Bryan,
There is a gadget out called "Fold and Hold" available at several on-line shops. For myself I use a single edge razor blade and needle nose pliers, or fingers.
Hold the part down flat on your bench, with the tip of your pliers at the place you wand to bend, slip the razor blade under the part and bend. This works for angles.
For round bends, you have to find a round object smaller in diameter than what you want to bend. Then work it arond with your fingers.
If you look in the jewelry making section of a craft store, you may find smooth flat nose pliers and round nose types also. HTH (hope this helps)



I second Ron's post - the Hold and Fold works pretty nicely for me too...

Gunnie