Add the color & smooth
Lift the stencil
Decorate the border
Ready for firing
4 Minute Overview Video
9 Minute How-To Video
This Color Starter Kit includes:
- 6 bottles filled with an assortment of color powders (COE 90) mixed with Glass Tattoo Gue
- 1 bottle caddy with 6 holes
- 1 stencil 4” x 6”
- 1 piece of white opal glass 4” x 6” (COE 90)
- 1 palette knife
- 2 lifter tabs
Directions to Get Started:
The bottles in our starter kit have a pre-measured amount of Glass Tattoo Gue and colored powders (COE 90). Follow the step-by-step instructions that are included with the kit or watch the video to see how it’s done and you are ready to create. Our Glass Tattoo Gue product is a natural food product and adding a small amount of household bleach keeps my bottles of colored Gue usable for weeks, even months.
Here is how the color is activated:
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, add ½ teaspoon of bleach then fill the cup with water.
- Add water and bleach liquid to the bottle using a small funnel
- Put the bottle lid on, turn upside down and tap until the powder falls into the liquid
- Shake the bottle for a minute
- Now use a chopstick to mix the contents
- Put on lid and shake again
- Let sit for 1 hour then the color is ready to use
Once the color is ready, you can create and make your design:
- Place the 4” x 6” piece of glass (COE 90) on your bench
- Put the suction lifters on the stencil corners then position it on the glass
- Tap the bottle, nozzle side down on your bench to get the color into the tip
- Hold the stencil steady with one hand then fill each cavity with Gue color
- Use the Spreader Knife to smooth and level the color in each cavity
- Grasp the lifter tabs then carefully and slowly lift the stencil straight up
- Stand back and be amazed at how quickly and easily you created a design
- You can also add bits of stringers and dicro chips to add more interest to your piece
The Glass Tattoo® Stencil design that you have created is almost ready to go into the kiln. Allow 5 or 6 hours for it to dry, then put it in your kiln and use a standard fuse firing schedule. We like a to use a dimensional texture fuse level that is approximately 1375°F in our kiln. The step-by-step instruction sheet includes a detailed firing schedule.
What if You Don’t Own a Kiln?
If you don’t have your own kiln (yet) you should be able to find a local Art Glass Studio that will fire it for you (for a small fee). Even some ceramic studios offer glass fusing services.