Fusing Glues

Glues play an important part in glass fusing.

They are used to either hold the glass in place while firing or to adhere a jewelry finding to a piece of fused glass after firing.

Various adhesives are available for specifically using in glass fusing.

These are generally a little on the expensive side.

There are products that are not manufactured for this purpose but can be used for glass fusing projects and can be more reasonable in price.

This page will display the most popular products.

So, what are the types and how are they used?

Let’s take a look at each type individually.

Adhesives Used Before Firing Glass

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Before firing glass there are many types of adhesives that can be used to keep the glass in place either while moving a kiln shelf to the kiln or to keep tiny pieces in place while firing glass.

First let’s talk about using these to temporarily bond glass together.

Keep in mind that a small amount goes a long way.

You want an adhesive that will not leave a residue on the glass after firing the piece.

Most of these will do just that if used sparingly.

Using too much of any product could not only leave blotches on the glass, but could actually cause the glass to jump or move during the heating process.

When using any type of glue on glass allow it to dry completely before firing.

If placed between layers of glass it can leave a carbon residue.

The more used the larger amount of residue.

There is always a chance that the edges of the glass can seal up before the material has a chance to burn up.

Either do a long soaking around 900 degrees Fahrenheit or place some chunks of frit around the edges to allow air to escape during the process.

If the edges seal up too quickly it can trap the carbon as it is trying to burn off.

Most of the time you want a product that will cure in minutes.

This is generally when you are simply trying to tack a couple of pieces together before firing.

But, there are times when you will want a product that will stay damp for a while so that you can adjust your pattern, or if you are mixing with frit to shape a design.

You will want a product that is not toxic and is easy to apply to the specific project.

If unsure of your product, err on the side of safety and don’t use it.

Most of these products come in easy to apply bottles with tiny tips to dispense the liquid.

  • Elmer’s
  • Fuse It Tack Film
  • Glastac
  • Hair Spray
  • Hotline Fuser’s
  • Klyr-Fire
  • No Days Adhesives
  • Superglue
  • Adhesives Used After Firing Glass

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    After firing the piece, there are times when an adhesive will be desired to attach the fused piece to another object.

    This is generally done when attaching a bail, a barrette, a ring blank, and other items.

    There are many different adhesives on the market.

    It seems the two favorite ones to attach jewelry findings to your fused glass are:

  • Two Part Epoxy
  • E6000
  • No Days Adhesives
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    This site can be very helpful when searching for a strong adhesive for any of your crafty projects.

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