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Re: tubebending with a "flexible heatingtube"

Posted By: Kai
Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

In Response To: Re: tubebending with a "flexible heatingtube" (Gavin)


Hi Gavin,

thanks for informations.

I will be happy if I can find some.

Kai

> Hi
> I think what you refer to is a length of
> (nichrome?) wire that wraps around the
> glass. The wire is then heated using
> electricity and softens the glass to the
> point at which it can be manipulated. I
> havent seen one for 20 years. We used to get
> work that was bent using this method ( short
> curves)come through the shop for repair. I
> think they mainly came onto the market to
> assist european benders as using a single
> cannon burner flame to make curves can be
> tedious work.
> The hot wire bender would often leave tell
> tale marks on the glass like a spiralling
> effect where it would overheat where the
> wire was. Like i say - i havent seen one for
> 20 years - youd be better off investing in
> an adjustable ribbon burner to do curves, or
> any work for that matter. I only use my
> cannon burner now for square bending soda
> work or annealing. But if your really
> adamant in obtaining one - im sure a few
> european bending shops still have one that
> got put away in a corner somewhere.
> Hope this helps,

> Gavin


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