For this instructable you will need:
Wire cutters to cut the wire
Wire - any pretty much any guage can be used determined on what you need the twisted wire for
A phillips head screw driver, the longer the better so you can hold onto it while twisting
A power drill ( I personally prefer to use my hubby's cordless, just because there is no cord to deal with and I don't have to find a place to plug it in)
And even though I didn't mention it, or put them in the photo, you really should protect your eyes!
Step 1: Cut the Wire and Fold It in Half
I cut a 20 inch piece of wire for this project, and after twisting and trimming I had a 5 inch piece left. This will vary for the guage of wire and the amount of twisting applied.
Step 2: Secure the Wire in the Drill Chuck
Step 3: Secure the Wire So You Can Begin Twisting
Once you have closed the chuck around the wire, you might want to give it a good tug to see if it will pull out. Mine come out about 20% of the time, even when I have checked and double checked the placement.
Insert the phillip head screw driver between the two wire and move it down to the looped end (where the wire was doubled over). Pull the wire taut so that it will twist evenly when the drill is started.
Step 4: Twist the Wire....
Start the drill while continuing to hold the screwdriver end taut (be careful as the force from the drill can pull the screw driver from your hand and possiby injure you)
This might be a good time to mention again that anytime you are working with power tools you should wear appropriate eye protection.
Step 5: The Twisted Wire Is Done!
When the wire is completely twisted, it will break on it's own. You can release the chuck and remove the two small peices of wire that are left in the chuck.
Slide the looped end from the phillips head and you have a nice, evenly and tightly twisted piece of wire to use for whatever the purpose is you planned. You also have a nice loop with a strong twisted wire on it if you want to use it that way. It makes a great hanger for objects it can be soldered onto.
Step 6: Now What to Do With the Wire.....
I bent the wire to form a treble clef, and the letter S to make a glass heart for my niece who loves music. I added the pieces to a "pickle" in order to clean them and help stop any oxidation of the metal during the firing process of the kiln.
I collected a large number of various pieces of COE 96 glass, and put them in a porcelain heart mold. I added the wire pieces and covered it with clear COE 96 glass. I fused it (and there will be an instructable to come on glass fusing when I get things caught up here). The result was the piece you see.