Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rolling Mills for Metal and Wire Workers

I read a great article today by Melissa Muir: "Tool Time Tuesday - Rolling Mill Textures."
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The article has great photos, by Valerie Heck, showing the different textures you can achieve using the rolling mill, as well as information on how to use and care for the mill. I would love to have one, but perhaps a smaller, more affordable one for my needs.

It also happens I recently read an article about a small pattern mill that is offered by Dave Arens of Gemstones Etc in Tucson, AZ. To quote the information he sent me:
"A mill for applying patterns up to 3 gauge wire or strips 3/8" by .229 thick of non ferrous metal. The nine patterns can be applied to 1 or 2 sides of the wire. The optional pattern rolls are changeable by the user. There are three sets of pattern rolls, a straight line 90 degrees to the length of the wire, a straight line 30 degrees to the left, a straight line 30 degrees to the right. The spacing is 12, 20, and 40 lines per inch. The mill comes with 1, 90 degree 12 lines per inch pattern roll."

He also offers several other products and you can get more information from Dave at Gemstones Etc. His e-mail address is

Well, I have a birthday coming up in a couple of months - you know where my thoughts are going? Have a great day! Anita

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