Using High Temperature
Fusing Wire

High temperature wire can withstand high kiln temperatures and still hold its shape during glass fusing processes. It is frequently fused between pieces of glass and is used as an attachment point for the glass.

It is used to hold objects in place during the fusing cycle. Fiber paper is quite often held in place with wire when it is applied to a circular mold shape.

Hi temp wire comes in a few different gauges and can withstand temperatures up to 2000 F.

When fusing between glass pieces the wire is usually held in place with fusing glue. The outer end can be supported in the glass kiln with a piece of fiber paper whilst the item is being fused. If it is not supported it will sometimes sink through the glass.

Use jeweler's pliers to make loops and other shapes before placing in the glass. If the wire has two legs, spread apart slightly as this will hold the wire when fused. Single legs can be bent at an angle.

Once fused, the wire will be firmly encased in the glass. It will probably be very dull and discolored, polish gently with steel wool to bring back some luster.

It is best used with dark glass; it is very visible with transparent glass, drilling a hole may be a better approach than using wire.

Prior to fusing wire can be placed in cabochons, earrings and bracelet focal pieces for attachment to other jewelry findings. It is an ideal way to provide attachment points for sun catchers, wind chimes and some wall decorations.

The same process is used with pure silver wire for fused glass jewelry items. You will get a far shinier result with silver wire.

Do not use sterling silver wire as it will blacken with fire scale and become brittle.

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