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Where is the best place to buy Nichrome Wire locally?

I checked an RC Hobby store and the teen clerk looked at me blankly. Smile

Does Radio Shack carry that kind of stuff?

We also have a Lowes and Home Depot here.

I just don't know where to start looking locally.
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Depending on the gauge you want, you could go to Goodwill and salvage the wire from an old toaster or hairdryer.

Well stocked Radio Control Hobby shops should have it; maybe better luck asking a different clerk?

I don't know of a "Main street" retailer that stocks it, but you can order it online from United Nuclear and/or Nasco:

http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_......c3f2be0d

http://www.enasco.com/product/0300405

I've ordered supplies from both.

Amazon and ebay also have it.
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I've never seen it in national chain stores but I have seen it in really well stocked local hardware stores.
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Look at cigarette shops where they sell electronic cigarettes. I buy mine there.
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Try to use the wire..which is sold for the styro hot cutting tools.....
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Ebay

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p......from=R40


You beat me to it. That's where I get mine.
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Can someone tell me if this is true please? The bigger the gauge (AWG) is the thinner the wire and it'll be broken easier, right?
I have a small sample 38 AWG and when I applied 12V, sometime it's destroyed the wire if I left a little too long. So I was thinking of getting the next size, just not sure will be 40 WAG or 34 AWG. If I use 9V battery as the power source, can you recommend to me what gauge is the best please? Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Can someone tell me if this is true please? The bigger the gauge (AWG) is the thinner the wire and it'll be broken easier, right?
I have a small sample 38 AWG and when I applied 12V, sometime it's destroyed the wire if I left a little too long. So I was thinking of getting the next size, just not sure will be 40 WAG or 34 AWG. If I use 9V battery as the power source, can you recommend to me what gauge is the best please? Any input is greatly appreciated.


My wire gauge goes from 3 to 19, 19 being the smallest, and 3 being the largest.

No. 3 = .2437 Thickest
No. 19 = .0410 Thinnest
All the magic props I have encountered only use 2 double AA batteries. Even the electrical current devices use very thin wire. So 9 volt battery seems extreme. The electric wall plug versions do burn the wire each time and have to be replaced, of course the powder may have something to do with that as well.

Theater effects has been a supplier of electronic devices for many years, here is their website. They also sell the wire.

http://www.theatrefx.com/moreinfo-ig04-n......ers.html

Sorry, I cannot be more specific, but I am not an electrical engineer, just someone been around magic props a long time.
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Thank you very much for the info Bill.
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For many years, I have used a model train transformer for powering the various nichrome wires I have used for cutting. You can vary the voltage slowly using the transformer, and they are pretty inexpensive. It's a good way to push it up to the limit of the wire, especially if you are using different gauges and lengths the way that I do. It also tends to sag a bit when heated, so some kind of tension device holding it isn't a bad idea.

A lot of the basic styro cutters run on two D cells, or 6 Volts. That's a good starting place.


Good luck!
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34 gauge is usually what I use. This will ignite flash paper/cotton when 3 volts is applied. You will not see a red glow when this voltage is applied but it will ignite the above.

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On Mar 19, 2015, Bill Hegbli wrote:

My wire gauge goes from 3 to 19, 19 being the smallest, and 3 being the largest.

No. 3 = .2437 Thickest
No. 19 = .0410 Thinnest
All the magic props I have encountered only use 2 double AA batteries. Even the electrical current devices use very thin wire. So 9 volt battery seems extreme. The electric wall plug versions do burn the wire each time and have to be replaced, of course the powder may have something to do with that as well.



110 volts will fry a thin wire without any powder. Think of trying to make a lightbulb without the vacuum.
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