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Issue #86 - Hot Glue Stencil
September 30, 2015

Hot Out of the Kiln

September 2015

Well, they say “When it rains, it pours”!

This past month has been one thing after another.

My husband lost his job, then my mother had a stroke and was placed in the hospital, next my oldest daughter’s best friend from elementary school passed away, then my next to the oldest daughter’s friend from work had a massive heart attack and after surgery passed away, my husband’s aunt passed away and then my sister-in-law’s father passed away.

Needless to say, I have been extremely upset over everything that has transpired.

I have been unable to really work on anything, or concentrate.

I am afraid to ask, “What can happen next?”

We did take a trip up to northern California to visit my Mom.

She is in a facility now, and will not be returning home.

I have been gathering articles for the next issue of the e-magazine, but have not had the spirit or inspiration to put things together yet.

You can locate the Fall 2015 issue of the Fused Glass Projects e-magazine on the website.

Until next month…keep it hot!


1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Question

5. Tips and Tricks

6. Share the Site

7. What's New

8. Product Review

Hot Glue Stencil

  • Steps on how to make Hot Glue Stencils
  • Start making unique hot glue stencils and masks by drawing with a hot glue gun. Hot glue makes a strong plastic stencil that dries fast and is perfect in masking off spaces in a painting and using a one-of-a-kind design as a stamp. Once you've started with one stencil, you would want to create different sizes and shapes.

  • Sketch Stencils with Heat Gun
  • First, turn on the glue gun and wait until it heats up. Insert a glue stick into the chamber. Put a Teflon sheet on the table to use as a support for the hot glue. This will help avoid it from sticking to the surface and the table.

    Situate the tip of the heat gun carefully to the surface and pull the trigger while sketching different designs on the Teflon sheet. Put it aside and let the glue dry. Check if the stencils are in one piece. If the glue doesn't stick well, the stencil might be too sensitive and break apart. When this happens, place the stencil back to the Teflon sheet and add more glue to the design.

  • Polish for Flat Stencils
  • To make flat surface on all sides of the stencil, put another Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper over the top when it's still hot and polish the top using a small piece of Plexiglas (5”x7”) or a printmaking barren. When it's completely cool, slowly peel the stencils from the Teflon.

  • Make a Tab
  • Use the glue gun to make a couple of tabs on the sides of the stencil. This will make lifting the stencil easier.

  • Sprinkle with Glass Powder
  • Put your stencil onto a glass blank surface and sprinkle the top with glass powder. This can be done using a glass sifter. Scoop up some of the powder into the sifter and start sprinkling the glass on top and around the stencil. Use various colors to enhance the piece.

  • Firing the Glass
  • Place the glass into the kiln on a fiber covered kiln shelf. Fire to either a tack or full fuse. Anneal before cooling to room temperature. Once completely cooled it can be safely removed from the kiln.

  • When making word stencils, check if the letters are connected and make one piece. It will be easier to paint this way.

    Never forget to turn off the hot glue gun and be always safe. Please don't touch the tip of the glue gun especially when it's hot.

    The piece can be cut up and used in other projects, or slumped into a mold to achieve a unique design.

    Place completed stencils in a plastic page holder. This will keep them clean, straight and allow you to place them into a binder.


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    The white ceramic fiber insulation inside my kiln is coimg off. What can I do?

    Thank you,



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  • New Classes at Bullseye

  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies

  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products

  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New


    Colored Stencils

    For the past year, I have had numerous times when a colored stencil would come in handy. There are a few places on the internet that can produce your images for you, but I have found a source that I would like to share with you.

    You can purchase colorful decals, but there are times when you want that personal touch in your fusing project.

    Her prices are very reasonable and the turnaround time is awesome.

    For further information, contact Karen Karlik at:

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    See you next month…


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