Mixed Media Ring “Peacock” – RAW 7/52

The Ring of the Week  (RAW 7/52) is entitled “Peacock.”

"Peacock" Borosilicate Glass and Nichrome Wire

This ring was inspired by a thread on Lampwork Etc. about what kind of wire works well in flameworked glass pieces.

The wire I used was a high temperature wire which is an alloy of Nickel and Chromium called Nichrome.  It is stable at high temperatures up to 1700 degrees F and is also sometimes called simply “high temperature wire.”  This wire may be purchased at most fusing supply places and rumor has it that it is also available at hardware stores in the picture hanging section.  Looks like I need to make another trip to the hardware store.

I have successfully used this wire in fused glass pieces in the past and was curious if it would hold up in the high temperatures of a glass torch.  The typical temperature of the glass torch flame in approximately 5000 degrees F so obviously if the wire is placed directly in the flame it will melt.  After several attempts (ie melted wire)  I was able to wind some aqua colored glass on the tips of the wire and insert the other end into the top of the ring below by just barely warming the tip of the wire in the torch and then laying the molten glass on it.  Then I carefully rounded up the glass and inserted the six wires in top of the ring.

The ring reminds me of a peacock’s head plumage.

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~ by ginkgoglass on February 21, 2011.

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