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Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by Flavored, Jan 5, 2014.

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  1. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Thought I'd share a nice tool that I found in the PT Microcoil discussion (Clearomizer forum) to easily make tight micros very quickly. I'm using this:

    Amazon.com: Artistic Wire Coiling Gizmo(R) Deluxe Winder for Jewelry Making: Arts, Crafts & Sewing

    In the video, I'm using 30g Kanthal, holding the reel in my left hand for tension, wasting a few wraps to get the wire over to where it will rest against the side post of the Gizmo and crank. Then, I pull those loops wraps off, leaving 10 nice tight wraps ready to install. I don't torch, take the wire right off the reel. Afterwards, I'll install it into wherever I'm gonna use it (usually a PT head) and pulse fire it, nudging the ends inward after firing with that pin I used to unwind the loose wraps. Usually takes no more than 3 nudges and it glows perfectly from the middle out.

     
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  2. UncleChuck

    UncleChuck Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Portland
    Very cool! I can't believe I never thought of using something like this for making atty coils. I have something that's basically the same exact thing, but on a larger scale that I made years ago for winding wire for making chainmail rings.

    Thanks for sharing the link!
     
  3. K_Tech

    K_Tech Slightly mad but harmless Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Eastern Ohio, USA
    Huh. $12? Added to my Amazon wish list...

    Thanks for the tip!
     
  4. Funk Dracula

    Funk Dracula Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Earth
    Turbocad6's homemade coil jig. .055" music wire, a screw, and two nuts.


     
  5. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    I have that one, as well, really admire folks with the ability to conceive and build something that works. After practicing, I could get that one to work well, better than 50% success on a tight wind that didn't "have" to be squeezed. The dexterity to pinch and maintain tension with consistency is the key. The coiling gizmo, though, requires none of that, and will likely work well for more people getting started.
     
  6. cthulhufan

    cthulhufan Dreaming in R'lyeh ECF Veteran

    Feb 6, 2013
    Saint Louis, MO, USA
    Neat! I'll be trying this out for sure. I lack the dexterity to use a machine screw so I just use a 1/16" bit and then compress with needle nose pliers and this could save me a bit of time. Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
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  8. Tugg n chase

    Tugg n chase Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2013
    South Jersey
    That seems pretty cool. Are you wasting much wire in the process?
     
  9. Steamix

    Steamix Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 21, 2013
    Vapistan
    Almost 10 bucks for a partially staightened out paperclip run through two holes ?

    Surely they're jesting...
     
  10. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Uhh, no. Watch the video in post 1.
     
  11. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    No, not more than you would trying to wrap around a drill bit.
     
  12. VIAWOL

    VIAWOL Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 16, 2013
    Rogersville, TN
    Check this out! It isn't really anything special, but I got the idea from some one on ECF. It is slightly smaller than my wick hole of my Kraken. It definitely makes coil making simple.
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    The screw is a 4/10 machine screw and that is what I use to rebuild protank heads for my dad. I just hold it sideways.
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    This post was found in an ancient ruin, possibly left by aliens.
     
  13. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter SQUONK 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
    The gizmo that @flavored informed me of is truly the easiest way to make a perfect coil. With very little waste and perfectly straight legs if you add a nut and bolt - another idea he informed me of.
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    I've tried allot of ways to wrap and can easily wrap a pro micro by hand but this makes it so much easier. No heating and squeezing required.

    If your into bending paper clips or wire - rock on - chef doan judge. :)

    Thanks flavored.
     
  14. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Canada
    Moved to Clearomizers
     
  15. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter SQUONK 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
  16. Carmigirl

    Carmigirl Full Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Illinois
    Hobby Lobby carries in jewelry dept
     
  17. kriga

    kriga Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 19, 2013
    FL
    First off, I've never built a coil of any sort before. I picked up this gizmo, an ohm checker, 30 gauge kanthal and some organic cotton. I decided the first one would be just a test run to get familiar with the process, so I didn't really keep track of exactly how many wraps. The coil itself came out beautifully, gave it a torch afterwards just to be sure, and installed it in a protank head. It checked at 2.67 ohms, which of course is high, but not bad for a test run. My factory head reads 2.7. I didn't add a flavor wick and am about halfway through a tank of 65/35 with no gurgling, leaking, and not one dry hit. Pretty happy with myself.:laugh:

    Just wanted to hop in and thank everyone for all the tips and information, you really made it easy for me. You all rawk.

    EDIT: Second attempt: 2.0 ohms.
     
  18. 1buda

    1buda Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    This gizmo comes with different rods, which one are you folks using? All I have is 30g Kanthal A1 wire, wondering if I should buy 28g -29g just to have?
     
  19. iamzg

    iamzg Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I want to be a master builder! Lego movie reference, which rocked btw.

    One of the guys at my local B&M has that gizmo in the OP's video. Said he got it at Michaels for $10. I've been meaning to stop by and get one, but with all this snow I've been quite busy.
     
  20. 1buda

    1buda Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I wonder if he bought it online? I have go in to town and stop by Michaels to see it they have them in stock.
     
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