Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Decals and Glass Fusing in the Microwave Kiln

sheet of decals.
Decals are like kids transfers, they come on a printed sheet,
you cut them, soak them for a few seconds, remove the backing paper
and slide them on to your already fully-fired glass piece.
You can use a soft haired paintbrush or tissue to gently position them into place.  (Taking off some of the excess water too.)  Let them dry.

Firing decals is a little tricky - they need to be fired low and slow, but once fired,
you can zap up the heat just for a short spurt.
Trial and error seems to work!
Some decals come with a thin paper top 'cover' which has to be carefully peeled off.

With the Insect piece, I placed a small piece of clear confetti glass on top and refired it - this did seem to save time, but I found the firing schedule a bit hit and miss to give instructions.

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