Fusing Glass with Rubber Stamped Images
This is a very advanced technique in which you actually fuse your stamped image into the glass. It takes a few supplies, but they are specialized supplies for the most part. The good news is, if you have a microwave, you can do this technique.
• Fusible Glass in your choice of opaque color Plus Clear fusible glass
• Microwave Kiln
• Versa Mark Stamp Pad
• Small image stamp
• Small soft paintbrush
• Pearl Ex in color to coordinate with your glass color
• Dry Wheel Cutter
• Kiln Paper or Kiln Wash
• Running pliers
• Fine line permanent marker
• Hot mitts
• Jewelry findings
First, take your glass and draw your simple pattern shape (square, rectangle, triangle) with your permanent marker onto the glass. Take your wheel cutter and using firm pressure, cut along your first line and to the end of the glass sheet, scoring the glass. Then take your running pliers, break the glass along the score line. Repeat this with the other lines until your piece is cut out. Duplicate this with your clear glass.
When this is done, take your opaque shape and carefully stamp your image onto the glass using your VersaMark pad. Your stamp will slip easily if you are not careful, but if there is a mistake at this step, you can just wipe it off and stamp your image again. When your image is stamped, take a small amount of Pearl Ex and dab it onto the stamped image, then brush the excess off. Carefully lay your clear glass shape over the stamped image.
If you are using kiln paper, cut the paper only slightly larger than your glass piece. You will not need to cover the entire inside of the kiln. If you are using kiln wash, you will need to coat the entire bottom of the kiln and allow it to air dry or use a hairdryer to speed up the process.
Place your kiln paper onto the kiln, and place your glass pieces on top of it, making sure they are neatly stacked. Place your kiln base in your microwave and double check your glass alignment to be sure it hasn’t moved. Carefully place the lid on the kiln and close the microwave door. Preheat and then heat according the kiln directions. This is a process which may take some trial and error as different microwaves will have slightly different fusing times, but you should have satisfactory results within the first firing or two.
When the firing is done, leave the glass piece in the kiln for at least an hour to cool slowly. When it is cooled you can take it out and admire your first stamped, fused glass piece. It is now ready to be finished as a jewelry piece, or used however you choose as an embellishement.
WARNING: Glass fusing is highly addictive. You will soon find you are fusing more and more, looking at glass and wondering how you could use it in your kiln… be very careful!
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