Balling Wire with a Torch by Terri McCarthy

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to demonstrate how easy it is to ball wire to make head pins and rivets using silver, bronze and copper wire.

The tools and supplies used in this video are listed below.

 

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