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Topic: What kind of wire for this?
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Dec 31, 2011 04:26PM)
There's a type of needle used in crafts called a twisted wire needle. Used mostly in bead work, I think, it's a single wire twisted together leaving an eye open at the top.

I think I might have a need for something like this, but made on the spot. I would take a single piece of wire maybe 7 or8 inches, fold it in half around a loop of wire or string, and then twist it into a long tight spiral to form a "needle" to penetrate several inches of material.

Most of my familiarity with wire is electrical. Any recommendations for a wire that is easily bent and twisted, but is stiff enough at that length to stay straight?

Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jan 1, 2012 09:17AM)
Look for "Stove Pipe Wire". Most hardware stores should carry this wire. What made the "Gene Anderson T&R Newspaper" possible.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Jan 1, 2012 09:25PM)
Stove pipe wire or wire used to tie rebar will also work.

Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jan 1, 2012 11:26PM)
Bailing wire might also be viable alternative.
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Jan 3, 2012 07:58AM)
Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't make it to a real hardware store yet, but Harbor Freight had some "mechanics wire" that was good enough to prove the principle. Looks about 18ga?? But I could use something just a bit stiffer so I'll go searching in earnest this weekend.

Thanks for the boost!
Message: Posted by: MentalistCreationLab (Jan 3, 2012 10:37AM)
While a little off topic but related. This type of wire known as Trip Wire, here is a photo,
was used by a few of the magic builders for various contraptions circa post WW2 till about the 1960s.

The only reason I know about the stuff was I ran into a similar problem years back when trying to repair and restore a old effect that used a thin wire to move a gaff. It turned out that the wire that was used was trip wire. This stuff is thin but reasonable in its strength. Now that you have an idea about what it looks like if you ever run in to an old prop that uses it you will know what you need to fix it.

Also, this thin wire works well with those hidden very small thin pulleys.