My handrails are for a turntable I'm building. I tried making them from some 0.045" solid core wire I had but it ended up looking too beat up. I figured 2" pipe would hold its shape better than that so I scrapped it and went with 3/64" (0.045") brass rod. The results were much better but now I see I really need a resistance soldering station. For the pipe joints I used three coats of paint. This is a "before" picture. I'll post an "after" shot when I get final paint on.