Attaching telephone wire

Attaching telephone wire

Post by Nicvia » Tue, 28 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Hello,

I have been lurking here for about a month or more, and I love reading
everybody's messages.  Well, except for SPAM.  But, that goes without
saying, doesn't it?

I searched through the archives for info on attaching telephone wire, but
I didn't find what I was looking for.  So, forgive me if this has been
discussed before.

On page 44 of "Creative Clay Jewelry" (Dierks), they show a necklace using
telephone wire.  But the instructions are very vague regarding exactly how
to attach the telephone wire after it has been coiled.  Also, it looks as
if telephone wire is used to hold the end bead, using a little knot.  Will
that hold?

I appreciate any help you can give me.  Thanks!!!!

Take care,

Nicole

 
 
 

Attaching telephone wire

Post by fran.. » Thu, 30 Jan 1997 04:00:00


     I saw a pendant made of polymer clay.  The owner said that the
plastic the wire is wrapped in works with the poly-clay so that when
baked you have a strong bonding between the two.   So the makes the
coil of the telephone wire and pushes on end into the unbaked clay--
when baked it is securely imbedded in the poly clay.

Frances, How.Co.MD


 
 
 

Attaching telephone wire

Post by Helen Fleisch » Mon, 03 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>     I saw a pendant made of polymer clay.  The owner said that the
>plastic the wire is wrapped in works with the poly-clay so that when
>baked you have a strong bonding between the two.   So the makes the
>coil of the telephone wire and pushes on end into the unbaked clay--
>when baked it is securely imbedded in the poly clay.

Hello Frances,

Your sig mentioned Howard County, MD.  Perhaps you saw that pendant at
a meeting at NIH? If so, chances are that was me. The coils are made
using a kid's craft toy that's designed to coil phone wire. You can
also make it by wrapping wire on a rod. Most phone wire is coated with
PVC plastic. It bonds to polymer clay superblyl; so well that Pier
Voulkos uses staple-shaped bits of it in her jewelry designs, to hang
bangles from larger pieces. I do find that you have to be careful to
put the wire in straight and not wiggle it about before baking. If the
hole becomes enlarged you get poor contact between the wire and the
clay and the bond fails.

 
 
 

Attaching telephone wire

Post by fran.. » Tue, 11 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Hi, Helen:
     I do not know what NIH stands for. I might have seen you at the
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival or at the Bead Bazaar in Silver Spring,
or maybe the New York Sheep & Wool Festival.
   Wherever it was you took the time to explain to me that the coiled wire
held fast in the polymer clay because of the plastic coating on the wire.
     Using it to form wire holders in a pendant seems like an excellent
idea too,  thanks for the suggestion.

Frances, How.Co.MD

 
 
 

Attaching telephone wire

Post by Carol Simmon » Tue, 11 Feb 1997 04:00:00


The coating on telephone wire varies.  The kind Pier Voklous used in her
class at Ravensdale was coated with pvc, so it fused to the clay during
baking.  She indicated that some of the newer wire isn't coated with
pvc.   Her wire was the type I used to play with as a kid - some wires
were solid colored and some were candy-cane stripes of 2 colors.  They
came bundled in a cable that contained 24+ wires and was coated with
light gray plastic.
  Recently, a telephone repair man gave me a bundle of wire about 3
inches in diameter, containing maybe 600 wires!  The bundle was covered
in a thin sheet of metal and then a plastic coating over that.  There
are 10-12 colors, all of them solid -no stripes.  I think they are
probably not pvc-coated, though, they are shinier, brighter-colored and
more slippery feeling than the wire Pier gave us.  I tried using some as
"staples", baking them into the clay, but they came out; however this
was one quick test - maybe I wiggled the wires.  They may be good for
wrapping but not stapling.
      Carol in CO

Quote:

> Hi, Helen:
>      I do not know what NIH stands for. I might have seen you at the
> Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival or at the Bead Bazaar in Silver Spring,
> or maybe the New York Sheep & Wool Festival.
>    Wherever it was you took the time to explain to me that the coiled wire
> held fast in the polymer clay because of the plastic coating on the wire.
>      Using it to form wire holders in a pendant seems like an excellent
> idea too,  thanks for the suggestion.

> Frances, How.Co.MD