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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Creating Fused Glass Mosaics ~ A Tutorial

No Days ThinFuse is a thin heat activated adhesive film that allows you to build intricate fused glass designs in a comfortable workspace, and then easily transport your piece to the kiln, ensuring your design stays put. It essentially creates a faux tack fuse, allowing you to eliminate extra firings and cut back on the amount of time it takes to finish a multi-step fused glass project.  Once the adhesive has been heat set, you can continue to add elements to the piece before firing in a kiln.  ThinFuse is a perfect solution for creating quick & easy fused glass mosaics.
Tools and Materials
  • No Days ThinFuse Adhesive
  • fusible Spectrum System 96 glass
  • System 96 Carolina Frit
  • Ryan Staub fusing cane
  • No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive
  • glass cutter, running pliers, mosaic nippers
  • scissors or craft blade
  • spoon, small brush
  • standard heat gun, embossing tool, or conventional/toaster oven
  • kiln

Cut the No Days ThinFuse to size using scissors or a craft blade
Place a clean base layer of fusible glass on top of a portion of ThinFuse adhesive and release liner. There is a slight texture on the side of the roll with the adhesive.  Use a razor or scissors to cut the adhesive around the edges of the glass and return the adhesive roll to the package.
Use a spoon or other tool to burnish the adhesive against the glass base
Turn the glass, adhesive and release paper over. Burnish the edges and across the center of the release paper with the back of your fingernail, a fid, a spoon, or a pen. Rubbing on the release paper against the glass will help the adhesive to stick and not tear when peeling back the release paper.
Peel back the release paper low and slow
Beginning with a corner, peel back the separator paper, leaving the adhesive sheet attached to the glass. Avoid pulling up on the paper as the adhesive can tear. Instead, peel back across the glass.
Don't worry if the ThinFuse tears a little - as long as the glass pieces
are larger than the hole, the glue will hold

If you have a design that you're working from, place the pattern underneath the clear glass base and place your cut glass design elements on top of the adhesive covered base layer.
Building glass around the fusing cane by Ryan Staub
I didn't begin with a design in mind. I knew I wanted to include the colorful fusing cane from Ryan Staub glass to add a bit of flair to my mosaic. No Days ThinFuse isn't sticky and won't adhere to the glass until it is heat set, so you're not committed to any design.
Arranging the glass pieces on top of the ThinFuse
After heat setting the mosaic, you can still make changes to your design by re-heating and re-activating the adhesive, then removing or replacing pieces.
Heat set ThinFuse in an oven or kiln
To achieve a faux tack fuse, heat set the ThinFuse adhesive with a heat gun, oven or kiln. The adhesive activates at 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). If heating with a heat gun, make sure to heat the whole project slowly and evenly to avoid thermal shocking the glass. Alternatively, you can heat set the adhesive by placing the project in a toaster oven or conventional oven set to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C) for 10 minutes. If using a kiln to heat set the adhesive, you may need to set the temperature higher (~ 300 degrees F / 150 degrees C) because the ceramic kiln shelf takes a bit longer to heat up.
After removing the project from the heat, you will be able to nudge pieces into place if they have moved or are not exactly where you want them.  If the pieces set up before you’re finished moving them around, simply reheat and move the pieces into place. Let the project cool and you can add additional elements before firing in the kiln.
Add frit by the spoonful after the ThinFuse has cooled
For this fused glass mosaic piece, I’m adding Carolina Fine Frit for the grout lines. Spoon some frit onto the fused glass mosaic and begin to spread it into the grout lines.
The process of "frouting" (frit + grout = "frout")
Use a brush to sweep the frit into place and clear off excess frit. 
Use a brush to clean up the extra frit

While “frouting,” you can add No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive to help hold the frit in place, especially along the edges of the piece. When you’ve finished grouting and sweeping off excess frit, you’re ready to transport your piece to the kiln to fire.

Secure the frit by applying No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive
Keeping in mind that all kilns fire differently and that both the type and placement of glass in the kiln will affect the firing schedule you use, here are some sample firing schedules to get you started.  It’s a good idea to keep a journal of your firing schedules for reference so you can change them as needed.

The fused glass mosaic ready to go in the kiln

These firing schedules are fairly conservative, so you shouldn't have any breakage.  However, please note that these firing schedules are just general guidelines and recommendations made by Streuter Technologies and it is up to the user to take into acount their glass fusing setup and design, materials used and kiln being used to yield their desired results.  
dph = degrees per hour (Fahrenheit)
AFAP = as fast as possible, represented by 9999 when programming your kiln
min = minutes

TEXTURAL TACK FUSE: This firing schedule is for textural tack fuse and is used in creating fused glass mosaics. The fused piece will be highly textured.

 Textural Tack Fuse
 300 dph 600º F 30 min
 300 dph 1000º F 30 min
300 dph 1100º F 10 min
50 dph 1250º F 20 min
500 dph1375º F  7 min
AFAP 960º F 90 min
 100 dph 800º F 0 min
 200 dph 700º F 0 min
 400 dph 100º F 0 min

After a tack fuse in the kiln to keep texture
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