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December 5, 2013
Fusing Decals Into Glass
Mark Salsbury is working on a commission of worldly proportions and using decals to capture detail and colors. But how does it work? Mark explains:
- So how did you create the decals? The client sent me a hi-res image. I resized it in Illustrator, converted it to a tif, and emailed it to a company that specializes in printing enamel decals.
- Isn’t the kiln really hot? Won’t the decal burn up? I fired this project in two stages: 1480º and 1275º. And yes that’s really hot. But this type of decal is made of crushed glass. You can use it on the surface or embed it into the glass. It doesn’t burn because it becomes part of the glass when fired.
- Any surprises? The color change! There is a film with a yellow tint that holds the enamel decal. When the film burns off, it leaves behind the enamel. After firing, the colors really pop.
- Cool. What else can you do with this? This technique is perfect to preserve any type of keepsakes made of paper or photographs.
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