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Bending a reed plate

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Harp Shooter
Jul 12, 2010 8:57 AM GMT

This may not be the proper forum section and for that I apologize but I figured my question would be best answered in the section where people would have the most experience with reed plates.

Let`s sayI am trying to make some art from old reed plates and the art would require bending some of them into s circle.Are brass reed plates bendable without them snapping?If so,what is the best way to go about bending them?

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Jul 12, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

I've never tried bending a reed plate to any extreme...

Do you want to bend diatonic reed plates ? They're pretty short.

If you have reed plates to experiment on, best to just give it a try. I would think they would crack or snap, depending on how you bent them and to what extreme.

I would make a simple bending jig, say from a 1/2" pipe... cut a slot in the pipe to insert the end of a reed plate, and use the curvature of the pipe to bend the plate. Should be simple enough to make.

Jul 13, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
Bulldog B Replied:

You need to hammer them around a form (a dowel or some other round object), a little at a time. Hammering them around the horn of an anvil should also work.

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