No doubt it was cold in the shed. It's cold everywhere here. My office at work was freezing today. I was cold all day. I did get to play a bit tonight though. I also got my wire today. Trying to learn how to twist up some loop end strings. I need to find or make some tool to hold the wire securley while I twist it. I need to see one up close, but I'm thinking a fly tying vise might work. I saw them for sale online. One way or another I'll figure it out.
I hold my wire with a pair of electrical pliers but they're not ideal. I need to grind the serrated jaws smooth because the finer wire wants to twist sometimes.
Yeah, Dan suggested I get a cheap vise grip and file the teeth smooth. I will if i have to, but I don't have the tools to do that properly at the moment and I am trying to come up with other "easier" options. The fly tying vise I saw wasn't very expensive and looked like it had smooth jaws, but I'm not sure. I also don't know how tightly they clamp. I might have to order it and see. If I get it and it doesn't seem like it'll work I guess I could return it.
Never dealt with a fly tying vise. They might be ideal. Depending on how sturdy they are the heavier gauges might be trouble for one. I imagine vise grips would make it a lot better. I think I have a cheap set here. I could grind them and send them to you if you want. Give me a reason to grind my pliers
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Already looked Ken. They have different shaped jaws all with varying size teeth. Nothing smooth. I did see a pair of smooth jaw pliers on Amazon for $14. They don’t clamp closed so I would need to squeeze them as I twisted with the other hand. I might try them.
I know a person who makes his own loop end strings with a drill, a foot switch, a nail or similar metal rod, and a regular pair of needle nose pliers. If the string is a wound string, he strips the winding off much the same as stripping insulation off of electrical wire. He bent the metal rod in the shape of an L with maybe a slight curve (not quite a hook). He puts the rod in a drill he has clamped to the bench and connects the drill to a foot switch. He holds the string with his left hand and grabs the end of the string with the needle nose pliers, wraps it around the rod, and steps on the foot switch for about 3 or 4 turns (the drill is set to run very slow). He can make a lot of strings in a very short time and they look as good as store-bought. I'm going to try and set up the same arrangement the next time I need to wind some strings, which might be some time this month.
I put a C-clamp upright in the vise. I place the wire in the C-clamp in a "u" shape with the curved end facing out. I have a cup hook screwed in to the end of dowel which I put through the wire "u" and then start twisting. I can supply a photo in the next few days, but am heading out with my wife for her doctor's appointment.