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Issue #91 - Contact Paper Stencil
February 29, 2016

Hot Out of the Kiln

February 2016

Is it Spring yet?

The weather has been unusually warm here in Southern California, and although we have had some needed rain, the temperatures have been in the 80s lately.

One of my grand puppies had to have her eye removed because of an old injury and she is recovering nicely.

I have been playing with my Silhouette Cameo and have really begun to learn a lot about the unit and program.

Now to incorporate it into my glass fusing!

I have made some cute t-shirts about glass fusing, and enjoy wearing them to various events.

Is everyone going to the Glass Expo this year?

I don’t think I will be able to make it again, but someday.

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Current Issue

Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents

Articles

CBS Contest Winners

The results are in for the 2015 CBS Contest. The inspiring place winners have been chosen and the results are displayed with their names and images of the submissions. Congratulations to everyone!

Color Changing Votive

by Connie Brown

This interesting concept can only be accomplished with an object that will warm up or become hot. Painting thermochromic powder pigment on a piece and then heating will produce the inspiring color change in the glass.

Bumple Glass

by Dennis Brady

Experimenting with firing glass onto a steel screen, Dennis discovered that firing the glass to a full fuse would cause the glass to form a uniform pattern of small round bumps where the softened glass slumped through the mesh. He calls this technique “Bumple Glass”.

Standing Spring Chick

by Judith Garnet

This adorable Spring Chick is fairly simple to achieve and Judith provides written instructions along with images to assist in achieving the final project.

Mandala

by Juliet Hernandez

Have you been inspired to create the ever popular Mandala symbols in fused glass? Etching a circle is not an easy task to achieve. Juliet gives us some insight into achieving a perfect circle to start designing a Mandala.

Molded Marbles

by Kaitlyn McMahon

Kaitlyn is back this month to demonstrate how to use marbles in glass fusing. Have you just flattened marbles inside the kiln? How about fusing them in a mold?

Kilnforming Scene Investigation

Bullseye offers a class called "Kilnforming Scene Investigation". This is a free class that is given in various locations. This is a small insight into this class.

Dog Impression Jewelry

by Patsy Williams

A dog’s nose impression is his identifying fingerprint and is unique to each individual dog. Patsy shows us how to design jewelry that is unique to your individual dog.

Powder Pro Plus

by Richard Wood

There is a new toy on the market called, Powder Pro Plus. Richard shares his experience using this new device to design a fused glass venture.

Tips and Tricks

Readers have shared some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.

Trouble Shooting

Seeds - What are they?

Patterns

What's New

Back Issues

Glass Fusing Supplies

Advertisers'/Contributors' Index

Until next month…keep it hot!

Con





1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Responses

5. Tips and Tricks

6. Share the Site

7. What's New

8. Product Review




Contact Paper Stencil

A contact paper stencil can help you design a detailed image on glass.

This stencil material is also referred to as vinyl shelf paper.

Much like a sticker, contact paper has an adhesive backing, which makes applying it to glass quick and easy.

This adhesive backing on the clear vinyl shelf paper adheres to the glass and will prevent paint from sliding beneath the stencil.

Once you are finished with painting the project, the stencils are completely removable and will leave not residue on the glass.

There are many ways you can cut this material.

You can use scissors, craft punches, craft knife or a cutting machine.

Materials:

  • Design
  • Glass
  • Glass Cutter
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Contact Paper
  • Cutting Tool
  • Glassline Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Kiln
  • MR97
  • Mold
  • Kiln Posts

  • The first thing you want to do is come up with your design. For this demonstration, I have use a simple open heart. You can use a marker or pen to draw out your design on the contact paper.

    Use either scissors, craft punches, craft knife or a cutting machine to cut out the design.

    Once you have your design cut out, determine the size and shape of glass that you want for this design, and cut your glass using a glass cutter.

    Clean the glass.

    Peel the paper backing from the newly cut stencil, exposing the sticky surface.

    Place the sticky side of the stencil onto the top of the glass.

    Use a credit card or any other hard object to make sure that all of the stencil is adhering to the glass.

    Apply some of the Glassline paint and use a brush to spread it over the surface of the stencil.

    Allow the paint to dry completely.

    Use a sharp object like a pin, seam ripper, or any other pointed object to carefully remove the contact paper stencil.

    The glass can now be fired inside the kiln.

    Since I had previously fired my glass piece, I chose to then slump it into a mold that was coated with MR97.



    QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

    "Other people and other things can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently." -- Zig Ziglar



    Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?

    Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.

    If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.

    I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.

    To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.

    TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.

    If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.

    It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.

    It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.




    READER RESPONSES:

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    I am guessing that you have colored cut pieces on the shelf and have covered them with a clear glass. The bottom glass softened and captured air that then continued to expand through the cycle and raised the bubble. If you put the solid piece on the shelf and the fitted pieces on top, no air can get trapped. There are several reasons you may want the clear solid piece on top, and if you do, the you must slow the heat rate through the point where the glass begins to move. The 96coe glass is soft enough that darker colors may be like honey at 1000, so I would try 300 ramp to 900 and hold for 30, then 250 ramp to 1250 with everything else after this the same as you had before. Hope this works for you.


    Jim R.



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    Thank you, Jim for you helpful and quick response.

    Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thank you!






    TIPS AND TRICKS:

    When etching glass with and etching cream, try using contact paper. This is the contact paper that is used to line drawers with. The clear is the easiest to work with. Cut or paper punch the contact paper and it will stick on the glass during the etching process.




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    WHAT’S NEW:

    Do you have an upcoming event or new product that you would like others to know about? Drop us a quick e-mail and once approved, it will be place in the next e-zine.



    Bullseye

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  • PRODUCT REVIEW:

    Contact Paper

    Contact paper doesn’t seem like an exciting and new concept, but it can be a very useful tool in applying a particular design onto a piece of glass.

    It is not an expensive item and can be found at stores like Walmart or even the dollar stores.

    It is easy to punch through or cut with scissors.

    Once your project has dried, it is easily removed using any sharp object.

    Use it for painting onto glass, or for etching a design into glass.




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    See you next month…

    Con


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