If you want to decorate glass with your own photos or images, you can do so by creating some fusing decals. Fusing photo paper makes it possible to print out images from your computer that you have prepared by scanning or downloading from the Internet. You will also need to use the right tools and follow a specific procedure to make sure your decals come out clearly on the glass.
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Things you need
- Graphic editing program
- Fusing photo paper
- Distilled water
- Lint-free cloth
- Paper towels
Open a graphic editing program such as Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop or Paint.NET (see Resources) and open an image in the program. Flip the image horizontally and size it to the dimensions you need for the project you are doing. Make sure the image is black and white and at a high contrast, because the black is what will show up as the decal.
Remove the clear protective cover from a piece of fusing photo paper and load it in a printer which as a high iron oxide content. The shiny side of the paper is what will be printed on. Go to "File" and then "Print" to print the decal image onto the fusing photo paper.
Cut the image out with a pair of scissors and cut as close to the image as possible without cutting the image itself. Place it face down in a bowl filled with about 1/2 inch of room temperature distilled water to soften the decal. After about 10 minutes, gently touch the image on the paper to see if the decal is ready to slide off.
Clean the surface of the glass with water and a lint-free cloth. Transfer the decal to the surface of the glass by following the instructions on the package of paper -- some brands are slightly different from others. Smooth the decal and remove excess water by gently rubbing over it with a clean, dry paper towel. Wait about 30 minutes to allow the decal to air dry. Now you can fire the glass in a kiln at the temperature specified on the package of fusing photo paper.
Tips and warnings
- You need a printer and toner with high iron oxide because the iron oxide is what will make the decal visible after it is fired.
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