Drawing Wire

  • Put the drawplate in a vise or support it well.
  • File the end of the sire to a gradual point.
  • Feed the point into the side of the plate with the numbers.
  • Grip the point of the wire on the other side with draw tongs. Pull slowly.
  • Draw the sire through successively smaller holes. When the sire feels tough and springy, anneal it and draw again.
  • Light oil like wintergreen oil or olive oil can be rubbed on for lubrication.