Instructions on how to SET UP and USE the GRINDER  -  STEPS TO FOLLOW        
1        Remove the EYE SHIELD and set to the side.
2        Remove the SPONGE and set it to the side.
3        Lift the GRID and set it to the side.
4        Add COLD WATER to the pan to a LEVEL of just below the DIVOT at the back of the water pan.
5        If there is a lot of glass sludge- REMOVE THE SLUDGE with a spoon and put it in the garbage.
6        NEVER REMOVE THE GLASS SLUDGE/DUST IN DRY FORM - WET IT.
7        Re-Add WATER to a LEVEL of just below the DIVOT at the back of the pan.
8        Put the GRID back onto the grinder water pan.
9        Squeeze out the SPONGE into water and put it back into place.
10        Put the EYE SHIELD back onto the grinder.
11        Clean the EYE SHIELD so you can see through it.
12        Any time - while grinding if you see white being slung onto
the glass then it is time to clean out your sponge.
THE SPONGE FILLS WITH GLASS DUST AND THEN CANNOT WICK WATER ONTO THE GRINDER HEAD,
SO BE SURE TO CLEAN IT OUT EVER SO OFTEN AS YOU ARE GRINDING.
A GRINDER THAT DOES NOT HAVE WATER OR A CLEAN SPONGE WILL RUIN THE GRINDER HEAD!
13        Adjust the height of your grinder head so that it will be using an area that has grit on it.
I get four positions of use out of mine by moving it to the lower area of use then when that is used up then I move
it up to the new position and so on.
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FUSE MASTER TRANSPARENT ENAMELS - 1175 F CURE POINT

The rich, vibrant colors and ease of application makes our enamels one
of the most popular brands available. Viewed in transmitted light, these
colors rival the brilliance and intensity of stained glass. Our pallet of 42
dazzling, inter-mixable colors do not require any extra grinding and
matures at 1175°F; bending and slumping temperature.

They may be brushed, sponged, silk-screened, air brushed or sifted on
most any type of clear or colored glass. When applied with Water
Friendly Medium, clean up only requires water. The stock colors may be
used individually or blended to create special colors for shading or fine
detail. Whether you work exclusively with enamels or are a beginner, our
Transparent Enamels are an ideal addition to your studio.

These colors are NOT approved for food-bearing surfaces.
* Denotes that gold is used as a coloring agent.
FUSE MASTER LEAD FREE OPAQUE ENAMES
1300 F TO 1500 F CURE POINT

Our Lead-Free Opaque series consists of 21 inter-mixable enamels
that blend so well that a complete spectrum of hues and shades may
be achieved with a basic stock of colors. These vibrant enamels
mature at the glass fusing temperature range of 1300°F - 1550°F.
They can be mixed with Water Friendly Medium, then air brushed,
painted, sifted or sponged on the top of glass or sandwiched between
layers of glass. Our Lead-Free enamels are the ideal material for
enameling dinner ware. Bead makers will find these colors easy to use.
Just roll a hot bead through some dry powder then case with a layer of
clear glass. The lead-free colors can be used to add color to any
pate-de-verre project. Mix Water Friendly Medium, some enamel and
crushed glass into a paste, them pack the mixture into a mold and fire.
The results are truly exciting.

Add some of these colors to your paper weights or blown glass
vessels. They can be sifted onto hot glass or they can be picked up by
rolling hot glass through the powder. It is best to case the colors
before reheating to preserve their richness.

In situations where lower maturing temperatures are required, like silk
screen printing, the Lead-Free line can be mixed with the transparent
colors. The Lead-Free Opaques can also be used for copper
enameling.
These colors ARE approved for food bearing surfaces.
* Denotes that gold is used as a coloring agent.
Mica Powder - UP TO 1400 DEGREES
Mica powders can add color, sparkle, depth and interest to your fused glass. Mica is
compatible with any glass including inexpensive window glass.

To apply, sprinkle or brush onto your glass and fuse between two layers of glass.
•        What you see is what your end result will look like.  
•        Because of this I play with the application/delivery of the Mica onto a blank
clean palette then once I see what delivery gives me the look I like, I then apply it in
that fashion to my art.  
•        Yes, I put the played with powder back into my container for future use.
For more precise designs mica can be mixed with Water Friendly Medium and water
and painted or silk screened on just like enamels.
Adding the Mica to Paints that are Transparent is another way to add awesome
sparkle to your painted areas on your art.
These colors hold up to 1400ºF and come in many different colors.
To use Mica without encasing between layers:
Just mix with an over-glaze like Super Spray or Clear Coat.
These particles are fine enough to run through your airbrush.
NOTE:  Mica powders or Pixie dust from most craft stores do not fire well, they turn
black on the fused art due to not being able to withstand the heat.
MICA POWDERS
PRINTING YOUR PICTURES THEN FUSING THEM ON GLASS
This is so neat that I felt that I should share the information - I carry the products to do this and am very happy to have you hire me to
create your fused picture in glass.
Glassline Fusible Paint Pen Use:
Materials:
Cathedral Glass, Design, Latex gloves, Rubbing alcohol, Flour sack towel, Tooth pick, Razor Blade,
Paint Brush with Soft Bristles for sweeping, Paint Brush with Hard Bristles for stippling, Hair dryer
White paper:
Directions for Tracing:
1.    Put on your gloves and clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and the flour sack towel.  If you choose to not wear gloves then be
aware that fingerprints can show up on the glass after it is fired.  
2.    Set your design on your work table then set your glass on top of the design.
3.    Prepare your paint by shaking it.  It should sound very sloshy when shaking it.  If it is not sloshy sounding then add a little bit of
water and shake some more.  
A.    Note: If you over water your paints then set it aside with the lid off to allow the water to evaporate.
4.    Screw on the metal applicator tip size that you desire.
5.    On a clean test pallet draw a line.  If you have to squeeze hard then more water will need to be added.
6.    Once you have the flow and feel practice line the way you like then begin tracing the design onto your glass.
7.    Be sure to not make the paint too thick.  It will look cracked when it dries and then it will look cracked when you fire it.
8.    Dry your paint with a hair dryer.
9.    Scrape away unwanted paint using a scraping tool such as a toothpick, razor blade, Xacto knife, or any scraping tool you like..
10.    Sweep away the particles of paint that were scraped away using a soft bristled paint brush.
11.    Chop up the scraped away paint particles on a pallet to become small granules using a razor blade then put them back into the
bottle to be re-moistened and re-used.
12.    Fire the painted piece with the painted side up with no cap.

Firing Recipe for COE 96 piece that is 5” Square and One piece thick.
Segment    Rate/HR    Temp    Hold
1                300            1375    0.10
2              9999             960     0.30
3               100              800     0.15
Do adjust the recipe to work with your kiln.  The firing should be at least to a dimensional fuse to make the paint be adhered to the
glass.

Stippling the paints on glass:
1.     Put on your gloves and clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and the flour sack towel.  If you choose to not wear gloves then be
aware that fingerprints can show up on the glass after it is fired.  
2.    Set your design on your work table then set your glass on top of the design.
3.    Prepare your paint by shaking it.  It should sound very slushy when shaking it.  If it is not slushy sounding then add a little bit of
water and shake some more.  
A.    Note: If you over water your paints then set it aside with the lid off to allow the water to evaporate.
4.    Squeeze a few different colors of the paints onto your glass then take a stippler brush and stomp it into the paints and all over the
glass.  If you stomp too many times into the mixed colors it will turn the colors to brown.  I try to keep the stomping limited to slight
stomping of a couple of colors then clean out the brush and stomp more.
5.    Dry the paints with a hair dryer then set in the kiln paint side up with no cap and fire per the recipe above.
Airbrushing can be performed as well.  Simply water the paints to an air brush mixture flowing thickness and apply to the glass with an
air brush.
Stamping with Mica and Paint Powders onto Glass..........
                                                                                            **Stay tuned for pictures of some of our works!
Preparing the glass
Thoroughly clean the glass with dish soap or alcohol. Avoid using glass cleaners. They can leave a film that will cause the mica to stick
to the glass everywhere and not just where it has been stamped.

What to use
You can use any rubber stamp that can be purchased at any store that sells them or have one custom made to any desired design.
Either a glue pad or “VersaMark” will work but if the image has fine detail, or if you plan to cap the image with other glass, the
“VersaMark” pad is preferable.

Preparing the stamp.
Apply glue to the stamp. You can either press the stamp onto the pad or press the pad onto the stamp.

Applying glue to glass
Press the stamp with glue on it onto the glass. Press down as straight and steady as possible to prevent the stamp from sliding on the
glass. Take care to press down firmly but gently and especially be sure the corners of the stamp are pressed down. If you aren’t gentle,
the stamp will move and smudge the image. Lift the stamp straight up to remove.
You can also draw a pattern on the glass with a “Versa Marker” and apply mica to the glue it leaves.

Applying the mica
Sprinkle a small amount of mica onto the glue you applied on the glass. Spread it around gently with a small paint brush. Try to brush
the mica away without touching the glue. If you aren’t gentle, you will smudge the image. Continue until all the glue is covered. You can
apply a single colour mica or a mix of different colours. Wipe the excess mica away gently with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Firing
You can fire with or without a glass cap. If you plan to use a cap, do NOT use a glue pad. The glue is too thick and can create bubbles
in the fuse. This is not a problem if you use a “Versa Pad”. Also, do NOT fire with the mica touching the kiln shelf.
Different temperatures are required to fire different makes of mica. It’s important to fire hot enough to fuse but not so hot the color
burns out. Most makes require firing to at least tack fuse and fire well at full fuse.
Don’t be concerned if a small amount of mica comes off after firing. Only the mica that is in direct contact with the glass will fuse. The
rest will simply brush away.

Cleanup
Carefully wash the stamp clean with soap and water and let dry ready for the next use.

Iridescent and dichroic glass.
Mica will not stick to a metallic surface. If you want to use iridescent or dichroic glass, you must cover it with clear glass (either under or
over). The mica will then fuse to the clear while the uncovered clear fuses to the dichroic or iridescent surface.

For using paint powders simply use the same processes above.  Paint powders will work on dichroics and irids.

TIPS:
We normally stamp on the clear then place the fired art onto color of our choice then fire again.
We use a piece of Black Construction paper under our work area so we can see what the glue and mica look like.
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Glassline Bubble Paint Pens
Cathedral Glass, Design, Latex gloves, Rubbing alcohol, Flour sack towel, Tooth pick, Razor Blade,
Paint Brush with Soft Bristles for sweeping, Paint Brush with Hard Bristles for stippling, Hair dryer
White paper:  Hand mixer.
The Glassline Bubble Paint Pens can be used similarly as the Glassline Paint Pens with a few changes.
The Glassline Bubble Pens paint clumps up in the bottle so to make the paint flow quite easily I simply take the paint out of the bottle
and put it into a large mixing bowl then mix it on LOW with a mixer, add some water to obtain the consistency that I desire then put it
back into the bottle.  If I have left over then I put it into a portion cup with a lid and write the product name on it then add it to my bottle
as the bottle becomes empty enough to do so.  If you have added too much water simply let the water evaporate by leaving the lid off
for as long as it takes for the paint to be the consistency you desire.  ** Be sure to put it somewhere that it will not be knocked over.**

The Bubble Paints applied in a nice flowing manner that is not thick wads is the best for a good result.
No pre-firing needed.  Be sure the paint is dry prior to capping.  You can use a hair dryer or wait until the next day to fire.
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Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints

Pebeo recommends that you use a soft, natural fiber brush, such as a squirrel hair brush or a red sable watercolor brush, to apply
Vitrea 160. A soft brush will have the right consistency for the paint, and is less likely to leave brush marks.  You can also stipple,
sponge, use crumpled plastic wrap, use bubble wrap, finger paint and any other technique you desire to achieve the look you wish.

•        Stir the paints to mix them up.  If you shake them you create air bubbles in the paint.

•        
Frosted Medium — Frosted Medium can be used to create an infinite variety of light and shadow effects. Use it alone to create
a frosted or etched effect — or mix it with gloss colors to lighten them and make them appear frosted, all without changing the colors’
technical characteristics.
•      
  Gloss Medium — Used to lighten Vitrea 160 colors and to add gloss effects without changing the colors’ technical
characteristics, Gloss Medium can be used to create an infinite variety of light and shadow effects. When used on its own, it is almost
invisible after application, ideal for making inclusions.
•        
Iridescent Medium — When mixed with Vitrea 160 colors, Iridescent Medium produces iridescent colors that glimmer and
change colors when the light hits them.

Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and a flour sack towel.

If using see through glass simply set your design template beneath the glass.
If using non-see through glass simply place carbon paper on top of your glass and your template on top of that.  Trace the design
using an ink pen then remove the carbon and template.  Then begin painting by design areas traced on the glass.  The carbon will
disappear when you bake the paint.

Clean your brushes with water.

•        Allow 10 minutes for color to dry before applying an adjacent color.  You can speed this up by using a hair dryer.
Bake:

Place your oven rack at center height.  Set your painted glass onto the oven rack into a cool oven and then turn on to 325 degrees.  
Once your oven reaches 325 degrees set your timer to 35 minutes.  After 35 minutes turn your oven off and allow the oven to cool.  
Once the oven is cool then remove your painted glass.  It is a good idea to check the accuracy of your oven temperature, the
manufacturer recommends a true 325 heating temperature.

The painted glass is dishwasher and microwave safe.  All materials are non-toxic and are safe for food serving use.

I hope you enjoy painting on glass and if you have any questions or suggestions simply talk to Irene.
Recently a lady brought in a picture of her Husband from when he was 4 years old.  
He was standing in front of the steps of his home.  She also had a picture of herself at about the same age.  
I scanned both Photo's..
I then ran the photo's onto the fusible photo paper, then I took her picture and cut just her out.  I placed it on his picture and traced it
with black marker that disappears when fused.  
I cut that area out with Xacto knife and then placed her in the picture with him.  It came out really well and they were so happy.
They have been married for 50 years and now they have a picture of themselves together as children.  
What a gas.