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digitaldi
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High temperature wire between glass

Postby digitaldi » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:43 pm

I have been trying to place a small wire ring between two layers of glass, prior to firing. The ring is made out of high temperature wire and will attach directly to the earring finding instead of using a glued on bail. The problem I have is that the high temperature wire becomes tarnished and brittle after a full fuse firing. Sometimes the wire droops down into the glass during the firing.

Has anyone used wire between glass in their earring projects? Any tips?

Drewcilla
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Re: High temperature wire between glass

Postby Drewcilla » Wed May 01, 2013 10:04 am

I've used fine silver to do that. I prop 1/8 inch thick fiber blanket under the bottom of wire to keep it from bending down. The silver shines up nicely after firing.

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Re: High temperature wire between glass

Postby Valerie Adams » Wed May 01, 2013 11:13 am

Drewcilla, do you have a dedicated shelf for silver? I recently did my first experiment with fine silver inclusions--completely encased between layers of glass and not too close to the edges--and had silver staining. Took several firings for it to dissipate.

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Re: High temperature wire between glass

Postby Drewcilla » Wed May 01, 2013 4:55 pm

Valerie Adams wrote:Drewcilla, do you have a dedicated shelf for silver? I recently did my first experiment with fine silver inclusions--completely encased between layers of glass and not too close to the edges--and had silver staining. Took several firings for it to dissipate.


Valerie, I've read about problems with silver but I've never had any. (I probably shouldn't have said that.) I also do lots of fine silver inclusions in pendants so I guess I've just been lucky.


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