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Issue #055 - Glass Stenciling
March 29, 2013

Hot Out of the Kiln

March 29, 2013

Well, I have finished updating my glass studio, and I love it!

Everything is now visible and organized, not to mention the new paint and flooring.

I was excited to start working in the new space and decided to start work on my next project.

I am writing and filming a series on glass bottle art.

I have a ton of old bottles that are colorful and have some unique shapes, so they have been slumped and most of the projects have been completed.

This production will have just about everything and anything you could do with bottles to create some fantastic projects.

A lot of time, work and sweat goes into creating this production, but it is also a lot of fun!

To give you a little sneak peek, the chapters so far are:

  • Don't Mix Bottles
  • Suggested Firing Schedules
  • Safety Precautions
  • Removing Labels
  • Cleaning Bottles
  • Cutting Bottles
  • Drilling Holes
  • Embellishments
  • Suggested Firing Schedules
  • Slumping Bottles
  • Replacing Labels
  • Etching Bottles
  • Bottle Clock
  • Soap Dish
  • Sifting Into a Stencil
  • Stamping on bottles
  • Painting Bottles
  • Wind Chimes
  • Business Card Holder
  • Slumping on a Texture Tile
  • I am having so much fun designing and making these projects!

    So, if you have lots of bottles and would like to learn some interesting techniques to transform these into works of fused art, this book has it all!

    I am aiming towards the summer to do the filming, but the book and e-book should be ready in a short while.

    Sales for the latest edition of the Fused Glass Projects Magazine have been great. If you haven’t received a copy and would like to purchase the latest issue, click here.

    If you would like to submit an article and have it included in a future issue, please contact us. We already have a few individuals working on writing articles for the next issue.

    Until next month…keep it hot!


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    8. Product Review

    Glass Stenciling

    Glass stenciling is quite simple to accomplish and a great way to create unique fused glass pieces. The first thing you will need is a stencil. Purchase ready made stencils to design your stencil artwork, or make your own for a one-of-a-kind project.

    I am using a pre-fired glass bottle for my project; therefore I will be using Float Fire 82 – Opaque White Extra Dense glass powder, and my firings will be higher than fusible glass. You could use some glass frit for this project, but to achieve an even pattern it is suggested that you use powder. Be liberal with your application as the powder is going to shrink up and pull in as it is fired.

    You can cover and fill individual areas if desired. Multiple fillings can achieve a heavier, evener coverage.



  • Fired and flattened bottle
  • Float Fire 82 – Opaque White Extra Dense
  • Stencil
  • Sifter, spoon or scoop
  • Soft brush
  • Kiln with Prepared Kiln shelf
  • Directions:

    1. Place the base glass bottle on your kiln shelf.

    2. Use a stencil and place it on top of the glass bottle.

    3. Hold the sifter, spoon or scoop over the area needing to be filled.

    4. Pour some of the glass powder into the sifter, spoon or scoop.

    5. Gently shake and/or sprinkle the powder into the opening of the stencil.

    6. Use a soft brush to clean up any powder that might have strayed onto the stencil.

    7. Carefully remove the stencil.

    8. Place the shelf with glass into the kiln.

    9. Shut the kiln.

    10. Fire the piece at 250 degrees F (121 C) to 1000 degrees F (594 C) and hold for 30 minutes.

    11. Ramp as fast as possible to 1385 degrees F (752 C) and hold for about 3 minutes.

    12. As fast as possible go to 1030 degrees F (555 C) and hold for 1 hour.

    13. Cool to room temperature at about 100 degrees F (38 C).

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    Hi Connie;

    We have a 25" x 34" oval kiln. The kiln shelf is a 11" x 22" rectangle in the middle with 2 ea half circles on the side. Is there any way to bridge the gap between the rectangle and half circles so that we can make products larger than 11"?

    Thank You

    Ron A


    Can you assist Ron with this problem? How would you bridge the gap between the shelves?

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  • Float Fire 82

    Float Fire 82 is a wonderful product for enhancing bottle glass. It is float compatible (COE 82 +/- 3).

    I have chosen to use the opaque white extra dense (FF3130W) and purchased it from .

    Once you arrive at their site, you will see that the Opaque White is available in different grain sizes. These range from powders to number 5 grain frit. I chose the powder and the small size container, which cost $7.03 plus shipping.

    This product does contain lead, so take all the necessary safety precautions when using this material.

    The coverage was great and only needed one application as I did layer it quite heavily.

    I worried that the material would spread when fired, but maintained the shape and size of the stencil used for the project.

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