Stainless steel wire is strong on its own, but you can make the wires even stronger by braiding fibers of stainless steel wire into one thick cable. The stainless steel wire can withstand more elemental punishment than other wire metals that are likely to corrode. The tough nature of the wire makes it an ideal component to outdoor projects or even jewelry. Braiding stainless steel is a simple task as long as you do not use too many strands of wire at one time.
Things You'll Need
- 6-gauge wire
- Measuring tape
- Wire cutters
- Rubber bands
- Needle-nose pliers
Cut three pieces of 6-gauge wire to equal lengths. Make the wires 30 percent longer than what you need for your project so you have some room for mistakes. Grasp both ends of each wire in needle nosed pliers and pull to straighten out the wires.
Bundle the wires together by securing the ends with small rubber bands. Press the ends of the wire against a table to straighten out the bundle of wires.
Grasp the left end of the wire bundle in needle nose pliers. Place a second pair of needle nose pliers 1 inch to the left of the first pair. Twist the pliers on the right to the right until you achieve proper twist for your project.
Move both sets of pliers 1 inch to the right and twist the pliers to the far right all the way around again. Continue moving down the wire in this way until you finish twisting the bundle of wires completely. Remove the rubber bands and the wires will hold themselves together.
Trim down both ends of the wire until it's the proper length you need. Both ends of the wire may have some untwisted sections, so trim off wire from both sides so you have nothing left but the fully twisted wire.
- Arthur Hazelton; Tools 'N Stuff; Fairfield, California
- Nickel Institute: What is Stainless Steel?
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