This die measures 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" and features two pairs of earrings or four pendants with optional hanging loops.  The components are just a little under 1" excluding the hanging loops.  You can use a 1" round disc cutter on the components if you don't plan to use the hanging loops.  

 

The hanging loops allow for the following options:

1) Cut all of the loops off and add your own jump rings.

2) Use the top loop and add earwires for earrings or pendants.

 

The bicycle components feature mirrored images.   

 

This Rolling Mill Component Die is a mild tool steel die that can be used in a rolling mill that can accommodate 2-1//2” wide by 1/8” thick material plus your metal and craft foam.  The designs can be used for making earrings, pendants, and other smaller sized components.  

 

These Rolling Mill Component Dies are for rolling mill use only. We tested them with a hydraulic press and we were able to get impressions. However, we also found that after the first couple of pressings the plates became dented. This happened because the type of tool steel necessary for use in a rolling mill is softer than the type of steel used in a hydraulic press. We have ordered some harder steel so we can test it. If the tests are successful we will produce some dies for use in a hydraulic press.

Springtime in Paris Rolling Mill Component Die

SKU: 2000120
$55.00Price
  • Metal Maven Rolling Mill Component Die Use Guidelines

    These Rolling Mill Component Dies are for rolling mill use only. We tested them with a hydraulic press and we were able to get impressions. However, we also found that after the first couple of pressings the plates became dented. This happened because the type of tool steel necessary for use in a rolling mill is softer than the type of steel for using in a hydraulic press. We have ordered some harder steel so we can test it. If the tests are successful we will produce some dies for use in a hydraulic press.

     

    Your die will arrive lightly oiled with a lubricant called CorrosionX.  It can be found at most auto supply stores.  We highly recommend you use it or some kind of machine oil to protect your investment, especially if you live in a humid climate.  We use it to keep rust from forming on our steel pieces, dies, rolling mill rollers and other tools.  It also helps your silver or copper release from the die.

     

    When you first set you rolling mill rollers, take your die and place a piece of dead soft copper on top of it.  We have found that 20-gauge and 18-gauge copper works best.  Then, place a piece of craft foam on top of your metal.  Place them into the opened rollers of your mill and gently close your rollers until they touch the top of your die, metal, and foam sandwich.  Try rolling your die at that setting first to see if you get an impression.  If you do not get a good impression, adjust your rollers tighter and test again.  Rolling too tightly could damage your die or cause your die to form a drastic curve, so be careful to tighten in small increments. 

     

    You can find the craft foam on Amazon - search for Darice 2mm Foamie Roll, 36-inch by 60-inch, black.