Step 1: Materials Needed
spool of 20 ga brass wire
spool of 20 ga copper wire
spool of 18 ga copper wire.
Look in the sections where they have doorbells and picture-hanging supplies if you are having trouble.
Step 2: Tools Needed
an anvil or bench block (solid and smooth chunk of metal)
hammer with a nice smooth face
nylon tip pliers (or regular pliers with their jaws wrapped in layers of tape so that they are smooth)
round nose pliers (needle nose with wrapped jaws will be OK)
2 pin vises
and a thingie from the hardware store called a "quick-grip clamp"
Step 3: Cut and straighten the wires.
Smack the 5" pieces flat using the anvil and the hammer. Try to keep them as straight as possible. They will lengthen by about 1/4" and curve somewhat; simply straighten the curve using the nylon pliers. Polish them with the cloth and file one end smooth. Set aside for the moment.
Double over the 4" piece and smack it gently. This piece should not be as flat as the others. Polish and set aside.