Avoiding Glass Jewelry Bubbles

Fusing Glass jewelry bubbles can quite often occur whilst fusing dichroic glass esand glass fusing decals in a glass kiln

There are a number of reasons as to why this happens during the glass fusing process.

Elsewhere on this site information on glass bubbles, dichroic glass and bubble control is available as well as details on how to use bubbles in your fused glass jewelry designs.

The following information should be of interest to fused glass jewelry makers working with dichroic glass and fusing decals

Fusing Decals, Bubbles and Dichroic Glass

One problem area can be the use of dichroic glass and glass fusing decals that may result in unwanted bubbles appearing.

With the kind permission of Tanya Veit of AEE Glass we offer the following information on the steps to take to minimize bubble problems occurring when working with dichroic glass and decals.

One of the biggest enemies to any dichroic glass fused pendant jeweler is the dreaded bubble.

No matter how hard we try, sometimes a bubble creeps into our piece and it is unavoidable.

Nothing is worse than when a bubble forms just above your glass decal.

I hope that we can offer you a few tips on how to avoid the curse of the bubble.

While there is no sure fire way to avoid a bubble, following these four steps should help.

1. Once the decal is applied, blot out any excess water with a paper towel.

2. When the excess water is removed, wrap the paper towel around your fore finger and GENTLY brush the entire decal design to remove any remaining water.

Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or folds in the decal.

3. You must let the decal dry for at least 12 hours before firing the glass.

4. ***HOT TIP*** If you are in a hurry and can't wait 12 hours to fire, use a blow dryer at close range for 20 minutes.

Visit Tanya to see her beautiful glass fusing decals, dichroic glass and lovely silver jewelry settings available in her store.

She also offers her jewelry classes across the US.

Please check out her site for further details

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