What is a pilot pen and how does it play a role in the glass fusing process? These pens are fantastic for
, marking glass for cutting, and glass marking for decorating purposes. There are two colors that are utilized for these purposes and the ultra-fine points are the best for signing. For a very simple and inexpensive material, use Pilot pens, they fire and become permanent. Allow the ink to for about 30 minutes to let any moisture evaporate completely then fire as usual.
You can also use the pens after firing. They are so permanent, that you really have to scrape to get the ink off. These pens can be found at any office supply store like Office Depot, Office Max, or Staples.
If using either the silver or gold for marking glass to be cut with a glass saw, allow the ink to dry well before taking it to the saw. To really assure that the mark stays, try covering the markings with a light coating of Mark Stay, Chap Stick, beeswax or Vaseline.
Silver PenThis pen can be fired on pendants or other fused glass pieces. Mark on the back or front of the glass. The piece can be slumped into a mold. The marking will not burn off or leave a mark on the mold. Fire the pen as low as 1100 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 1450 degrees Fahrenheit. If left unfired the image does not rub off even if cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Turns a bit of a patina as opposed to true silver when used at final fire or slump
Gold PenIt can also be fired on fused glass pieces, such as pendants, etc. Can be placed on the back or front of glass. If slumped into a mold, the marking will not burn off or leave marks on the mold. Fire as low as 1100 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 1450 degrees Fahrenheit. If left unfired the image can come off if rubbed with rubbing alcohol. When fired, can turn dull and kind of mud-colored.
Drawn with Silver Pen and fired to 1350 degrees Fahrenheit
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