Saturday, August 27, 2011

Here's an Idea

I hammered the end of a piece of 20g copper wire flat and twisted it into a spiral.
Then, at the torch, I captured the spiral in the center of a blob of glass to make a headpin.

It's really wonky because the extra bit of metal inside the glass conducted the heat like crazy and made the wire too hot to hold on to. I had to get that miserable, finger burning, sucker in the kiln FAST.  I should have just dropped it on my work table and  saved my tender digits, but no, I wanted it and had to practically throw it into my kiln.

Next time, either a longer piece of wire or some sort of finger protection will be used.

I love how the spiral is magnified by the glass. So, so many possibilities here.


WondrousStrange said...

Experimentation...nothing like it!! This is a great headpin!!

Beadbug said...

I love it and am going to have to try it out.

Gardanne said...

I have a pair of long locking forceps that I always use. Before that I was using my needle nose pliers, but my hand got tired all the time. Save those fingers.

belvedere beads said...

Locking forceps? Tell me all.