Instructions

We always include instructions with every purchase, but it’s nice to have some online too! Just follow these steps and you’ll be creating stunning pendants and more in no time!  IMAGES COMING SOON!

Application Instructions:

Firing Instructions for High-Fire Decals:

Preheating is quite important when firing glass decals, as the base medium of the decal must be burned off gently. Good ventilation will allow for a nice, clean finish, so it is recommended that you leave your kiln lid open 1-2 inches, plus any peepholes. Preheat your kiln slowly to 1000ºF to prevent pinholes or blisters and then procede with normal ramping.

Soak the decals at 1420ºF for approximately 5-8 minutes. Start with a shorter amount of time and check your results. If you can still see the outline of the base coat on the decal, you did not fire hot or long enough. If you are checking your glass every few minutes at 1420ºF, you’ll be able to find the right amount of time that works in your kiln.

Once your glass has annealed, if you still see the outlines of the base material from the decals, that’s okay!  You can always refire the piece a little hotter and a little longer with no harm.

When starting out with something new, it’s better to underfire than to overfire your work. It’s always good to get to know how your kiln works and to take notes so that you can modify your firing schedule accordingly.

You are always welcome to email Michelle for help and with any other questions you may have!

Firing Schedule for High-Fire Decals: (Note: These are merely guidelines, so be sure to get to know your kiln and make adjustments as needed)

These decals are made for  high-fire temperatures, which go up to around 1420ºF.  This is useful because it also allows for fire-polishing any edges that may have been coldworked and touched up prior to applying the decals, removing one extra step from the finishing process on small works.

250 DPH to 350ºF, HOLD for 20 minutes

500 DPH to 1000ºF HOLD for 10 minutes

AFAP to 1400-1420ºF,  HOLD for 5-8 minutes

Drop to 1000ºF, and follow your regular annealing/cooling schedule

Low-fire decals should follow a similar schedule, but only be fired up to a maximum temperature of 1040-1120ºF, as higher temperatures will burn the decals right off the glass.