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It takes some practice. The soldering iron is too hot and the curler is probably too cool. Try making some curlicues to get the hang of it.
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Patience is the name of the game with this hobby tho, i'm a naturally patient bloke but some people need to learn it so take your time to avoid mistakes that will cause problems later down the line or spoil the look of things.
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jlowe1224 wrote:Ive tried the soldering iron, straight onto the shaft of the iron and it burns the wood very quickly, despite wetting the plank down first. I may have been pushing too hard but it also snapped. Since the diameter of the iron is small, maybe it was focusing the head in too much of a direct spot that it burned it.
there is a trick to steam bending go here http://modelshipbuilder.com/page.php?186 then go to part 21
as soon as the wood begins to dry out re-wet it and keep it moving along the hot iron. Another way is to use a can from canned food and use a soldering torch blowing inside the can and heat the can or set it on a gas stove. You need a lot of heat, once the part 21 video is done another one will come up "general hunter part one" where planks are bent around a wood burning stove pipe. Steam is much hotter than just soaking a plank in hot water.
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