Learn how to use the Glass Tattoo Stencil System to make Christmas themed side dishes, oval trays, or any fused glass item that you can think of.
We get a huge response every time we demonstrate our Glass Tattoo Stencil system and show fusers how easy and fast they can create intricate and multicolored fused glass project designs.
I made a couple of Christmas tree oval trays using two of our Christmas stencils. The first one I made using the Parlor Perfect Tree stencil (RW201). It really turned out fantastic.
I used the Ribbon Tree stencil (SG101) to make an oval tray using the same stainless steel slumping mold that I used to make the Parlor Perfect Tree tray. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it took me less than 10 minutes to add this ribbon tree design to my oval base glass.
I will take a little time to organize and mix your Tattoo Goo colors and load them into the squeeze bottle applicators, but once you have a good variety colors, it only takes a few minutes to actually create the stencil design on your glass base.
The good news is you can store the mixed Tattoo Goo colors for up to three months and they will remain good to use again. You must remember to securely snap the red tip closer cap on the applicator bottle after every use and keep the applicator bottle tip-side down in a bottle caddy. This is a photo of our GTBC12 Bottle Caddy
So let me walk you through the Glass Tattoo Stencil process:
Place the 1/8” thick Glass Tattoo Stencil on a fusing glass base
Fill the stencil cavities with a 50/50 mixture of Glass Tattoo Goo and powdered glass frit using a squeeze bottle applicator.
Level and smooth the Tattoo Goo color with an artist’s palette knife
Add any additional decorative components that your designer heart desires, such as stringers, coarse frit, etc.
Lift the stencil straight up to reveal your masterful creation.
Finish your design with any other decorative touches, such as the squares I placed around the border of the oval.
Your design piece is now ready to be fired in the kiln. I fired mine to a contour fuse level but these Glass Tattoo designs can be fired to whatever fusing level you choose, from Elevated Tack all the way up to Full Flat Fused.
The final step is to place the fuse fired design oval onto the prepared stainless steel oval tray mold then put it into the kiln for a slump firing.
One of the best features of the Glass Tattoo Stencil process is the ability to add multiple colors to your design all in one session. You don’t have to wait for the first color to dry before applying the second or third or as many colors as you like. In fact blending colors together to create streaks and swirls offers an amazing creative advantage.
I made a video showing the entire process from mixing the Tattoo Goo colors to slumping the design blank in the stainless steel mold. Click on the image below to watch that video.
Randy (The Fuse Whisperer)
PS: All of our Christmas themed stencils are on sale now until December 18, 2017. Visit the Glass Tattoo products page subcategory Holiday Stencils. Plus if you spend $100 or more on the website (sale items included), you’ll get free shipping using the discount code: 100shipfree. Happy holidays!