Took a bit longer to get around to this than I expected. As mentioned earlier, my simple method for making coupling pins.
Material used is a soft steel wire as used in gardening and flower arranging. I was lucky, I found some reels of pre blackened wire at a garden store a while ago and it get used for lots of modelling purposes.
Tools consist of a pin-vice with a piece of rod to form the top of the loop, I actually used a scriber point. Plus some fine tipped side cutters and also helpful, a pair of smooth jawed pliers.
First step is to push the end of the wire down one of the gaps in the collet of the pin-vice, like so:
Here's an even closer view
This anchors the end of the wire. Then wind it around the former, a little more than a full turn.
Slide it off the former and you should have something like this:
Trim the excess off and you are left with this:
It's more economical on time if you do several at the same time, here are 10 prepared.
Then simply cut off the excess with the side cutters, I'm using some fine tipped Xuron ones, wonderful tools and no danger of damaging them with soft wire. Then the smooth faced pliers are used to straighten the wire, just by squeezing the wire between the jaws. Easier than it sounds and it also gets rid of the curve from when the wire was on the reel.
. This took less than 10 minutes including taking the pics, in fact it has taken longer to write how to do it
. You can use brass, but it is a bit springy and more difficult to work with, not to mention a bit shiny
. The same process also makes good lift rings or tie down rings on the deck of a wagon.
Of course, you could go and buy the same thing from a model boat supplier or art shop, but you wont have the satisfaction of making it yourself, plus you can vary the sizes making your own. Hopefully some of you will feel a bit more confident about giving it a try now