Fused Inclusions?

Regarding "inclusions", I have been having fun with sandwiching wire between layers of glass, and hanging the results in window. My question is, has anyone put other items, like sand dollar shells, coins, etc between glass layers? And do you know if any type of wire can be used to fuse temp? So far I have just used copper, but other wire is cheaper. Thanks,
Drew Lurie

* I took some small copper wire about ,28 ga,(the finer the better)and twisted it together pretty tightly.I then placed it on the anvil on my bench vice,and tapped it LIGHTLY with a tack hammer,until it was flattened.The result was a "braided" length of copper which I can use as a borber in some of my pendants.I just use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to bend and flatten it out.Adds a nice frame around the accent pieces.DavidL

* I tried a shark's tooth once. Don't Try It! Like they used to say on SCTV: "It blowed up real nice!" I kinda fingured it might...it was surounded with kiln cloth when it went. Even a seemingly dry piece of shell has a lot of water in it...

* Silver, gold, nichrome, copper... is doable. Avoid anything with zinc though...and that would include pennies.
You'll get different reactions and colors with different metals.

* I haven't used sand dollars for inclusions, but I have slumped over them. I fill them with plaster of paris. If you don't they just blow up. I use star fish, shells (which I also fill with the plaster, the shells, not the star fish). If I knew how to post a picture, I'd post some, but just haven't had the energy to figure out how.
Robin Z

* Thanks for all the input on "inclusions" I got a good laugh about the sharks tooth experience! Hey, about the plaster of paris in the shells, was that to keep them from blowing up? And why did this work?
Thanks again!

* I don't know whether the shell would blow up, but the plaster does fill the big void and its just less of a chance of the a big bubble forming.

* I did a piece where I added river stones as inclusions. The secret for any organic inclusion is to pre-fire it to full fuse with a stainless steel bowl upside down over it. Some of the stones will blow up from trapped moisture and it's better that they bang against a metal bowl than the sides of your kiln or the elements. Cool down slower than normal because the stones retain the heat longer than the glass and if you use a normal ramp down you'll probably get cracks.

* you can also include leaves and other organic materials some leave beautiful white traces of ash or sometimes big blobs of burnt black with large bubbles! Have fun.

* And if you want to have some cheap fun, sslap a dollar bill between two pieces of glass (float or 90). Incredibly, you'll still be able to read most of the serial number and make our Goerge's face.

* What about heavier wire -- 12 ga. or so (house wire)? Does it cause a bubble problem?

* Pretty much anything of any substance will cause the glass to drape around it, trapping air and causing a bubble. One way I found to get around this is to place an inclusion on a blank and then cover it with clear frit. All the air is able to escape and you end up with an inclusion coated with glass. Usually you can cover the coated inclusion with another piece of clear and get the object totally encased.

* I've had good success with thin brass sheet (more of a brass foil) that can be twisted and folded into various shapes (I was doing plants and corn stalks) and also with small, spiral brass and bronze scrap from a machine shop lathe. The brass goes sort of a platinum color at full fuse.

* Hello Everyone,
can fine silver wire be fused into glass? and if so does it turn like black insdie the glass............? If anyone has use this can you share ou experience?
thanks in advance

* Warning brass filings etc. if they get onto a kiln shelf act very much like silver stain and will come back to haunt you on later firings.

* Joyce - I've fired fine silver wire between pieces of 90 BE and it varies from silver to blues. Where it intercepts copper there are other various shades depending on what coating is on the copper.

* Like Robin,
I don't know how to post a picture!! Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.

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