Fiber paper separates glass from the kiln shelf during glass fusing operations.
It comes in different thicknesses from 1/32 inch up to about 1/4 inch and is placed between the glass and kiln shelf.
Made from fine alumina and silica threads that have been bound together it must be carefully handled.
Before use, cut the paper to the required size and then fire in your kiln to 1300 degrees F (700 degrees C) to burn out the binder in the paper. Multiple pieces can be fired at the same time.
The work area should be well ventilated, as the smoke from the binders can be unpleasant.
Once fired store in a zip lock bag for later use.
One side of the paper is generally smooth and the other lightly textured. Either side can be used; the textured side may give a nice finish to a piece of fused glass art work.
Being flexible this paper has a number uses in the glass fusing process.
The paper can be re-used, remove carefully after firing and store in a plastic bag. Wear a respirator when handling the paper.
This type of paper works best up to about 1600 degrees F (870 degrees C). It will sometimes stick to the glass that is being fired. Carefully remove the paper in one piece; a respirator should be worn, as loose fibers may be harmful to your lungs.
Any paper fibers that are left on the piece should be washed off in a container of water to prevent the fibers floating around in the air.
A small strip of paper placed between pieces of glass before fusing will leave a channel for a chain or cord to be passed through making it unnecessary to use glue or a bail. The same process can be used to create beads.
Also available is fiber blanket which can be used to slow down the cooling of glass fusing items or glass beads.
Another fiber product is twisted fiber rope which can be untwisted and used to create channels in glass jewelry.