Fusing Wire Inside Glass Jewelry
is part four of a multi part tip on fusing wiring inside glass
jewelry. Click here to go to part one, which discusses the
characteristics desired of a wire used in fusing.
Here are a couple of more tips on ways to
keep wire in place until it fuses.
Click here to start at the beginning of the
list of tips.
4. One simple technique is to bend the
wire slightly at the far ends. Ideally, you want to bend the
wire so that the section between the glass layers remains flat and
straight, while the wire furthest from the glass is bent down so
that it touches the shelf. This approach will work if the wire
is not too thick; if desired, the wire can be re-straightened after
5. When all else fails, there's no
substitute for grooving a channel in the glass exactly where you
want the wire to stay. This can be done with a Dremel and a
diamond bit, but the best way is to use a jewelry bit on a standard
glass grinder. Jewelry bits are made for cutting a groove
around the outside edges of a cabochon or similar small item, but
they can be used to make a slight indentation on the inside surface
of the glass. Once the groove is cut, simply lay the wire in
place and fuse. This will work almost all the time, although
care should be taken that you don't cut away too much glass
(especially if you're fully fusing and soaking for a while).
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker.
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This tip based on suggestions
and tips from posters on the Warm Glass bulletin board.