Glass Powder Wafers

Glass powder wafers are thin pieces of fused frit. There most common usage of these pieces is for surface decorations on other pieces of glass.

They can be created on a prepared kiln shelf or on thin fire paper. You can use a combination of frit grades, such as; glass powder, fine frit or even medium frit. Using various types of frit, especially on larger wafers allows the frit and design to shrink less.

A stencil can be used to form a glass wafer. You will want to cut your stencil out of a material that is thick enough to support the glass. Cutting a shape out of ¼ inch thick fiber paper will allow you to fill up the area with plenty of frit. You can actually leave the fiber board in place for the firing procedure, or remove it before firing.

If removing the stencil use a small soft brush or other object to remove any access material that has fallen out of place. Brush the frit away from the area or brush it back onto the pile of material.

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  • ¼ inch fiber board
  • Pattern
  • Frit
  • Thin fiber paper
  • Kiln shelf
  • Kiln
  • Directions:

    1. Cut pattern out of ¼ inch fiber board using and exacto knife or scissors.

    2. Place thin fiber paper on kiln shelf.

    3. Place pre-cut fiber board on top of the thin fiber paper.

    4. Fill pattern area with various sizes of frit.

    5. Remove fiber board or leave in place.

    6. Place shelf inside kiln.

    7. Close kiln and turn on the unit.

    8. Fire piece to about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for about 10 minutes.

    9. Bring piece up to about 1385 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for about 10 minutes.

    10. As quickly as possible bring the piece to 950 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for an hour.

    11. At about 100 degrees per hour bring kiln down to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

    12. Cool to room temperature before opening kiln.

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