bonni.b Posted August 5, 2014 Share Posted August 5, 2014 I need small brass rings for the teapot basket I'm teaching next month at the Guild Study Program at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH next month. I wasn't happy with the photo etched ones I made, they're too flat. They're functional, so making them from wire works, but I needed to go twice around to eliminate a gap the 32 ga wire that attaches them could slip through. Bill Studebaker suggested I cut them from brass tubing, with a rod held inside the tube in the tailstock so I wouldn't have to search the shop floor for them. I've just tried it and I'm very pleased with the results. In the photo is 3/32" brass tube, chucked into the headstock, and 1/16" brass rod chucked into the tailstock. Mine is a very low end lathe, so I found it easier to put the rod into the tube and then bring the tailstock up to receive it. (I have a Jacobs chuck in both the headstock and tailstock.) I tried several of the cutters I own but settled on my smallest pointiest graver to do most of the cutting, then at the end I slice it off with an exacto knife. I got an assortment of brass tubes from K&S, I guess I'll use 28 ga. brass wire inside the 1/16" tube. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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