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I thought it might be kind of fun to create my own wireframes. I did a search but could not find any information on how to bend the wire. How do you get a smooth circle and such? Any tutorial web sites with photos and info on how to get started?

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I think Robin uses anything round he can find the right size. The smaller the rod the easier to bend. Harbor Freight has a ring roller that some use.

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neworder wrote:

I thought it might be kind of fun to create my own wireframes. I did a search but could not find any information on how to bend the wire. How do you get a smooth circle and such? Any tutorial web sites with photos and info on how to get started?

I use a planetary roller, which I purchased from harbor freight for around $40 or $50, if I remember correctly.

In any case, it was the best investment I ever made for assisting in wire frame construction, outside of my MIG welder!.

Mark Obermiller demonstrated it's use at PLUS 2005.

Greg

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I use a ring roller occasionally but find the vise much faster. It takes a little practice to know how far and how much to make each small bend but you will learn how with a little practice. A note-if you use the ring roller clamp a vise grip to the trailing side of the rod as a guide to prevent rolling a cork screw at the start.

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Ifind the good old vice workswell with a ring spanner in it. You simply thread the rod through the spanner and bend to thesize you want. But as Bill said it's does take a while to get the hang of it.

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:ornament:hi i just use a vise its quicker and after a couple of frames it just come natrally.use to use flat bar but now i just use 1/4 " round works great!

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I use a vise, old wheels, anvil, small sledge hammer. Once you get use to it you will be fine. Honestly, the best thing to use is your imagination and a little elbow grease and you will be surprised what you can do.

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neworder wrote:

I thought it might be kind of fun to create my own wireframes. I did a search but could not find any information on how to bend the wire. How do you get a smooth circle and such? Any tutorial web sites with photos and info on how to get started?

I also use my bench vise to perform all of my bends. I had purchased a rotary bender from Harbor Freight ( will sell if anyone wants it) and was not pleased with the time it took to create each bend. I found it much easier to use the bench vise and judge each turn and opening the vise to give me the amount of turn I was seeking. It really depends on how comfortable you feel with your own creativity.

I created the display below with just using a bench vise. The Santa is 6' 6" tall, so you can see the amount of bends that were created for each of the reindeer.

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I have a planetary roller that I'll use if I need even arcs. Otherwise I do like many others here, I beat, pound, yank, and twist.

For my larger items I use 1" square tubing. This big stuff doesn't bend real easy. For the big stuff I use a sledge and large hardwood blocks.

BTW, anyone who lives near me (wink, wink) is welcome to borrow the planetary roller at any time.

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I actually love the roller, and it gets used all the time. There are times however when it is just easier to manhandle the steel.

Now, if you lived closer I would say you bought it for nothing since you could borrow mine!

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Thanks for the offer Marty. :smile: I live down in Pleasant Grove. This will be my first year going all out and I am in the planning stages of what I want to do. I have so many ideas but don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I was thinking of making a bunch of wireframe snow flakes to put on my house but might save that for next year.

I just bought 48 channels of LOR and I am thinking I may need another 16 to fully do what I want.

Marty, I saw your show last year and would like to get a "behind the scences" tour sometime to help give me ideas.

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What kind (gauge) of wire do you use for frames? Do you get it at the local hardware store or order it? I am new to this stuff and want to add a 3D bouncing ball to my display. I cant figure out a good way to build the ball. Last week I tried using wire with a wooden dowel. It sorta worked but needs refining. I tried some chicken wire this morning, but seems to flexible ... any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Bert

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damien wrote:

Ifind the good old vice workswell with a ring spanner in it. You simply thread the rod through the spanner and bend to thesize you want. But as Bill said it's does take a while to get the hang of it.

This may be a stupid question ...but , what is a ring spanner? I use whatever is handy, but I love the ring roller for making perfect circles and curves.

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Thanks Sean

I started out with the planatary roller but only made about 2 bends when I gave up and used just the bench vise. I found it easier to use my vise and small 2 pound sledge hammer to make all of the bends on the reindeer. Tomake each deer, it took about four hours. These deer are about 4 foot long and three foot tall.

Jerry

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