Step 2: Cut the rod
Pick up your selected brass rod, and cut it to desired length, maybe just leave a Cm or so more than you need.
This will help should you mess up the shaping process.
For my first needle , I used 6mm diameter plain brass rod and cut it to a ~8cm ( ~3 Inches ) blank.
Dont bother making the cleanest cut yet, this will be ground down later anyway.