Aloe Vera Gel
Oh, the wonders of Aloe Vera Gel.
Yes this is the kind you purchase at the drug store for sunburn.
It can purchase it in green or clear.
Aloe gel has been used for the treatment of wounds, minor burns, and skin irritations, and now fused glass projects.
Well, it can also be used with powdered glass and painted on glass, or add more powder and make some glass clay.
It is fairly inexpensive and readily available at any local grocery or drug store.
Aloe Gel vs. Liquid Stringer
Use this liquid to draw on glass, mix with powder glass or enamels.
When mixed with powder you get an adhesive like mixture.
Apply the mixture to glass using a squeeze bottle, Ziploc bag or cake decorator bag.
Don't just draw lines, use the mixture to write words, faces, geometric patterns or free form lines.
When mixed to a thick consistency, you can have lines that will look like a glass stringer.
Mixed to a thinner consistency, use the liquid to float areas with color.
Not only is this material easier friendly, but when fired inside the kiln, the material burns out clean.
An 8 ounce bottle will cost you around $18 to $20 dollars.
Aloe is much cheaper than
, and just as successful.
A large bottle of Aloe Vera Gel will cost you anywhere from $1 to $5, depending on what dollar store or drug store you purchase it from.
You won’t have the fumes coming from the kiln like you do with the Liquid Stringer product.
Mix Aloe Gel with powdered glass in a small container and then using a funnel put it into a squeezable needle nosed bottle.
You can squeeze it through a bottle, or a Ziploc bag.
If using a Ziploc bag, just cut off a tip of one of the corners, like a pastry bag, you can squeeze the liquid out from this hole.
It is very simple to blend with no bubbles.
Mix 1 teaspoon aloe2 teaspoons distilled water ½ Tablespoon glass powder
You can write on glass just like you can with Liquid Stringer.
Make designs or draw on glass with this mixture. Allow the liquid to dry before fusing.
Then fire to a full fuse.
It dries and fires clear.
Experiment with the gel.
Try mixing it with frit to hold it in place as you are fusing.
Aloe can also be used instead of Liquid Stringer, as a glue to hold glass in place in the kiln.
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