The Orchid Seedbank Project
PO Box 7042
Chandler, AZ 85246

Making your own replate forks

Replate forks may be quickly and easily made from  "dead soft" nickel wire. The wire can be purchased from:

Rio Grande jewelry supply: www.riogrande.com or 1-800-545-6566

You will want to purchase the "dead soft nickel  alloy round wire, which comes in 16 gauge (0.051"), 14 gauge  (0.064"), and 12 gauge (0.081"). There are 125', 77', and  50' on a spool, respectively. At $14.88 for a single spool, you can  make replate forks inexpensively and quickly.

Nickel wire is cut to the correct length, and then the  ends are hammered flat on a hard, smooth surface. They may then be  autoclaved repeatedly (nickel has excellent high-temperature  properties, being able to be worked far above the temperature at  which your autoclave functions). Plus, the wire remains somewhat  flexible, and may be bent if necessary to reach difficult areas.

Other growers, such as G&B Orchid Labs, have suggested that welding rod may be used in a similar manner.

Replate forks may also be purchased from Sigma Chemical as microspatulas for about $3.50 each, but must be  purchased by the dozen.

     

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The Orchid Seedbank Project
PO Box 7042
Chandler, AZ 85246