I got a little time to myself Saturday night so broke out the new wire I got from Rio Grande. I am a HUGE Parawire fan, but it has a coating to keep it from tarnishing, which burns off when you put it near the flame. My right/left brain is not in agreement. The analytical side doesn't like that they are not perfectly shaped (and of course wants to be able to perfectly recreate shapes with zero practice) and the creative side likes the randomness and how the double wire ones came out.
Here are the questions for lamp workers:
What kind/gauge wire do you use for headpins? These are made with 20 gauge copper.
How do you clean the wire once they come out of the kiln? I used a little bit of scouring powder - is this what a tumbler would do for me?
Here are some swirls - I liked the happy accident I made the other day so was trying to do it again. These are close - but getting pretty big - thimble sized. I am also 99% sure that the clear glass that I bought is a different COE than the colors I have. Beginners mistake :-)