About The Artist
Bernie Wire • Vadnais Heights, MN
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My work in refractory metals started over four decades ago in art school where I was intrigued by a metal that could be colorized. Traditional soldering techniques do not apply to titanium, fortunately working in the engineering school exposed me to spot welding and I have used this welding technique from that day forward for art and jewelry. My interest in learning more about welding lead me to become an industry expert in micro resistance welding where my solutions for industry clients became solutions for my art and visa versa. I published multiple papers at The Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology. Through this experience gained, I can create welded structures uncommon to refractory and precious metals. I made my first niobium Roman chain in 1980, and have explored vessel forms, sculpture, wall pieces, and art jewelry. My recent jewelry work is principally in Argentium Silver, Titanium, and Niobium with an occasional use of tantalum and zirconium.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I utilize spot welding to fabricate most of the jewelry pieces. Spot welding is a process where metals are clamped together while an electrical current is passed through them. It's the resistance to the flow of this electric current that produced the heat to form a weld. Using this technique I can produce simple to complex structures not commonly seen in the refractory group of metals.