maybe someone can help me identify this wire

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Old 10-27-13, 08:16 PM
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maybe someone can help me identify this wire

The wire that I am trying to identify is a little over 1mm in thickness but the unusual thing about it is I can apply a torch to it and it turns red hot but doesn't melt. After I take the torch away it is the same wire as before. I sort of think that it is a high voltage wire of some sort. It is rigid like a coathanger wire but bends a little easier because its thinner than a coathanger wire. What I am trying to do is identify it so that I can order the wire but in a larger thickness. It is a stiff wire which is what I want.
 
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Something odd about this post.
It says your in WI but you giving us a metric measurement.
Why would you be "ordering" wire when any local hardware or home center would have it?
And why would you be trying to melt an electrical wire?
1 MM = .003381
What's this wire for?
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You need to tell us what you are using it for...... application ?
 
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Old 10-28-13, 06:40 AM
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I assume it doesn't have any insulation or markings or else it would make it an easy question.

Most wires in residential/commercial use are copper, aluminium or steel.

Copper is easy to tell by it's color, and it would 'burn' green. Aluminum is dull and will scratch/abrade easily. Steel is typically shinier and much harder. Of course there many different types of steel that can be made into wire and used for different applications.

There are also many specialty metal wire including titanium, nichrome, etc etc etc.

Let's go with PJmax's question of what are you planning on using it for?
 
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The wire that I am trying to identify is a little over 1mm in thickness but the unusual thing about it is I can apply a torch to it and it turns red hot but doesn't melt. After I take the torch away it is the same wire as before.
Is it wire or insulation that doesn't melt?
 
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No insulation just wire and wire doesn't melt. Wire attracted to magnet to give an indication as to what the metal might be.
 
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what I am trying to do is to make small clamps so that I can clamp two small pieces of metal together when I solder them and the clamps won't melt. But I think I need a thicker piece of wire but the same material.
Maybe there is a special kind of clamp that is especially made for that.
 
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First, why not use metric. What is easier to form a concept in your mind of 1mm or .003381 inches.
Also, I do some jewelry work and jewelers use metric.
As to why I would want to order wire its because no local hardware or home center has this kind of wire.
As to why I would want to melt an electric wire. I don't want to melt an electric wire and never stated that I did. I want a wire that doesn't melt.
 
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can't use anything like an alligator clip because it doesn't set right and the metal that I am soldering is very soft.
 
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