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Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby knitty_gritty » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:07 pm

New here with a technical question. I have done some research here and on the www but have not found what I am looking for.

If I am fusing a dragonfly in a mold and want to put it on a stake to place in a pot or garden, what are my options for attaching the stake to the dragonfly?

Appreciate your feedback and expertise!
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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby marykaynitchie » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:54 am

One material that might be helpful is nichrome wire. If you attached a wire loop to the glass during the initial firing, that could dangle from an arched garden stake.
Nichrome wire:
http://shop.bullseyeglass.com/tools-sup ... spool.html

Ideas for ornamental garden stakes:
https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/garden-stakes/

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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby knitty_gritty » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:58 pm

thank you
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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby jestersbaubles » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:08 pm

You don't say how you are creating your dragonfly (cast or sheet glass), but if using sheet glass, you can slip layers of fiber paper (or blanket) between the two layers of glass prior to fusing to create an open channel. After firing, you put silicone into the channel and slip the stake in. Silicone is a great "glue". Obviously, you'll need to make your fiber paper channel large enough to accommodate the stake you are using.

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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby tommckay » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:34 pm

Check out this on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJYWDQBjkI its a video from Creative Paradise & really the definitive on making dragonfly's. Their LF111 mold is pretty much the standard - bigger than it looks BTW but then you may already be using it. I use the wire Nichrome wire from Fusion Headquarters. Works good. Tried all sorts but most discolor but if thats not a problem any wire will do. I have embedded a SS set screw that I then use a threaded coupler to join to a threaded rod. Frankly you can embed anything that will stand the temperature into the frit.
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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby marykaynitchie » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:41 am

That is a super helpful video!

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Re: Stake for fused dragonfly

Postby knitty_gritty » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:45 pm

thank you all
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