Jul 7, 2022

Glass Fusing and the Making of "Still"

Screenprinting screens can be used to transfer images onto glass using glass powder and a kiln. Check out the post to see how.

Category:Glass Techniques 
Posted by: maryjane


For the glass piece entitled Still, I wanted to use a group of photos that I had taken and pair them with some subtle images of plants and lace. Much of my work combines these elements. In the past, I have made work that involves fusing glass decals (you can see them here in the links titled Healing Plants and Peepholes: https://wwhttps://www.maryjaneparkerart.com/artwork/marked) and screenprinted using glass enamels. For this piece, I wanted to glass be raised and have some dimension, so that it looked like the glass was dusted with the image. The other techniques don't give that effect.

The images above show some experiments I made using blue powder on "reactive" glass. The first piece is "full fused" and completely flattened into the glass. The second image was using a "tack" fusing temperature that left the powder in relief on the glass. I was happy with this second firing but decided to use a more subtle color. 

This image shows the powder after it has been screened onto the glass but before it is fired. The process is called "powder printing." After exposing a screen with the desired image and washing the screen out as one would when making a screenprint, the dry screen is positioned above a clean sheet of glass. Dry glass powder is spooned onto the screen and with a squeegee, pulled across the image for several passes. I usually use between 4-6 depending on the detail and the desired thickness. If the passes fill in the image or give you and undesired result, the powder can be shaken off and reapplied. Once I have the coating of powder the way I want it on the glass, the sheet of glass is carefully moved to a kiln and fired. 

     This image shows the finished, fired glass. Here I am positioning it over one of the images I plan to use and checking to see how it reads. After I finished all of the fired glass, I attached the images to the back with acrylic medium. The finished piece can be seen here: https://www.maryjaneparkerart.com/gallery/Dualities/Glass/92


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