Glass Painting with Pebeo Vitrea 160 Paints
Glass painting in glass fusing doesn’t mean that it has to involve paints that need to be fired inside the kiln. After seeing several adorable fused glass pieces that were painted, I came to the realization that these were fused and then painted and heat set in a conventional oven. The paints used on glass have come a long way, and don’t need to be fired inside a kiln to set them and make them permanent.
Warm glass art can sometimes involve work that is done outside of the kiln. This is called cold working. These glass paints are done while the glass is cooled at room temperature, then instead of putting them back inside the kiln to finish the procedure, these paints only need to be heated inside an oven.
Here are the materials and steps involved in making a fused glass pendant using Pebeo Vitrea paints.
MaterialsGlassGlass cutterCutter oilGlass cleanerLint free towelPrepared Kiln shelfKilnPattern or free hand drawingPermanent markerPebeo Vitrea 160 paints
1. Determine the size and shape of the finished project.
2. Using a glass cutter and some cutter oil, cut the glass to the designated size. Make top piece about ¼ inch smaller than bottom layer.
3. Clean pieces thoroughly and dry using a lint free towel.
4. Holding glass by the edges, place them inside the kiln. Stack glass according to desired color combination. Placing smaller piece on top.
5. Bring pieces to a full fuse.
6. Anneal glass when cooling down the piece.
7. Once the glass has achieved room temperature, remove and meticulously clean and dry.
8. Transfer or free-hand draw a pattern on the glass using a permanent marker.
9. Using the Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints paint the pattern. You can use black to outline the image and other colors to fill in the spaces almost like coloring in a coloring book.
10. Mix colors to achieve highlights or shadows.
11. Allow the piece to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
12. Place in a cool oven and heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 40-45 minutes at this temperature.Once the piece has cooled you can glue on a bail or pin back depending on the planned outcome. If you want to add a pinch bail or wire wrap a bail, you will need to drill a hole with a dremel and diamond core bit.
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