Glass Fusing with nichrome wire

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Nichrome wire is a high-temperature wire which is perfect for using with fused glass as it will remain intact at temperatures up to approximately 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.  By using your hands and/or jeweller’s pliers, high-temperature wire can easily be formed into any shape and secured in place with glass fusing glue  in between the layers of glass and fired in the kiln in order to create mini-cabochons suitable for jewellery designs.  You can also assemble your creation directly on your kiln shelf if you have steady hands and position the wire in between the layers of glass thereby avoiding the gluing process

As the glass begins to slump in the kiln, the wire will become permanently encased between the layers of glass.  After the firing is complete, the nichrome wire will appear somewhat discolored and dull, and you can give it a gentle buffing with some steel wool to quickly restore the luster.  The projecting outer end of the wire can then be used to attach the fused glass piece to a jewellery finding

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