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Harp ShooterJul 12, 2010 7:57 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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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.
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.