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Topic: Fusing fine silver wire into glass  (Read 1520 times)
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« on: October 22, 2008 12:31:23 PM »

Does anyone have any tips for fusing fine silver wire into pendant loops?

I bought some fine silver wire from Warm Glass.co.uk and I must be going wrong somewhere along the line because the silver becomes really brittle after it's been fused making it useless to use as a pendant loop.

I ramp up my kiln at about 6*C a minute up to a full fuse and after the flash cool the temperature is being dropped at about 3*C a minute. (This is with a 45 minute hold when heating up and the same when cooling down).

Am I fusing too fast?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008 06:29:41 PM »

   What gauge wire are you using?  I use 20 gauge copper wire and it comes out okay.

   I do some fine silver work with torches and if it gets too hot it will just melt.

   Try a thicker gauge.
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009 09:28:24 AM »

Gauge is part of the key.  I like to mask the exposed wire with fiber board (just cut a small piece and poke the wire inside) during firing.  That keeps it from turning brittle and dull. Copper is better in the heat.
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