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Glass Fusing Preparation

Glass Fusing: Cleaning & Gluing

Glass fusing is the process of heating two or more layers of glass to the point where they deform and stick together. In this email, I will share a couple of simple pointers: how to clean and glue the glass before firing.

Grease, dirt, and fingerprints etch permanently into glass during firing. Clean the glass with glass cleaner (the type without silicones), rubbing alcohol, or even plain water just before assembling the pieces on the kiln shelf.

Use white glue, such as Elmer’s diluted 1:1 with water, to hold the glass pieces together after you place them on the kiln shelf. Use the glue sparingly. Glue is especially important when fusing wire into the glass. The glue prevents the glass or wire from moving out of place before they fuse. The glue disappears during firing.

Avoid using glue on the coated side of dichroic glass. If you lay dichroic glass carefully onto the piece, glue is unnecessary, so avoid it altogether if you do not know which side of the dichroic is coated.

For more information on glass fusing, visit www.warmglass.com. We also have a video on basic fusing and slumping in the QuikFire kiln: "Sandi Scoville's Basic Glass Fusing Tape."

Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, Inc. ajhparagon@yahoo.com



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