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overkill

anyone tried copper wire?

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Any of you tried copper wire for thru wire harness?

Also where do you guys get your stainless or brass wire, I've been using stainless wire from the local Ace but the smallest I can get is 19 ga. I need some bendable stainless, say 22 ga?

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Overkill, I dont know if I would go with copper. It's kinda soft and you may have to use a large gauge to get the rigidity you want. I'm experimenting with brass right now. You could always try making some copper loops and hang some weights on them and see what it takes to make them lose their shape. If it's strong enough use it, let me know what you find out.

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.040 Copper wire is just fine. It is plenty strong enough. It is used in the dbait.

Skeeter

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I agree with skeeter copper wire in .040 (18 gauge) is quite usable for harness and line ties. key is to make small precise bends AND do not overstress wire or nick it in any way with pliers while bending or its strength will be greatly compromised.

Brass wire can be a little more rigid than copper depending on the hardness of brass used (percent of copper in brass). The yellow brass wire is most prefered for luremaking if you are going for the traditional Bagley look.

Here is a supplier of various sizes of brass, and some other interesting stuff including stainless. http://www.malinco.com/Craft/brass.html

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