Every once in a while I come across a bad section of wire. Something went wrong at the wire mill, resulting in a few inches (or a few feet!) of wire that coils poorly. It cracks and shreds and throws out wire whiskers. Not OK.
Luckily, bad wire is rare. We toss the affected coil(s) in the scrap bin and charge merrily ahead. But this time? This time we were filling an order for 6.25M14jb rings, and the 14ga brass wire hit a horrible, horrible section – the worst I’ve ever seen. We swapped to a huge mandrel (40/64″ AKA 5/8″) to burn through the bad section. Many coils later, the 14ga brass was back to normal, and I was hesitant about scrapping so much metal.
What the heck? Why not see if I can resuscitate these rings?
For two days I tumbled these rings with assorted grits of abrasive media. Once the surface was smooth enough, a few hours with steel shot restored their shine. And I have to say, I’m really pleased at how they came out. The experiment was a complete success and these rings are now available for adoption in bags of 4 troy ounces – 50% off!