Find a piece of thin iron or copper wire about 4 inches long, heat the end of a piece of No. 2 tubing until it is nearly closed, insert the iron or copper wire into the small hole, and heat the glass around the wire until it shrinks and grips the wire firmly (Fig. 84). The glass then serves as a handle for the wire.
Wire Fused Into Glass
It is difficult to make a secure joint between iron or copper wire and glass because they both expand and contract more than glass when heated and cooled. It is easy to make a secure joint between platinum wire and glass because platinum and glass expand and contract at practically the same rate when heated and cooled. Platinum, however, is too expensive to be used for ordinary experiments.