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How to Successfully Paint Fused Glass

How to Successfully Paint Fused Glass

Hello! Today I would like to share with you some tips on painting fused glass. We hope these tips help eliminate some initial frustrations! As a side note, this article is based on my own opinions and only serves as suggestions and a starting point for you to expand your creativity.

I use Glassline paints to paint on 90 or 96 COE glass. Glassline paints are available online at Delphi Glass and other fusion glass websites. Glassline suggests thinning the paint, but I never need to do this. If it is thinned too much, the paint will come off the tip of the applicator. If you are looking for glass painting supplies visit https://www.artglasssupplies.com/glass-paints.

SUGGESTION NOTED:

If you are working on a project with 3 or more paints, the tips seem to clog up pretty quickly. I cut a piece of thin wire that I had in my toolbox for my jewelry wire wrapping projects. Just put the wire on the end of the tip, this should clear it. If not, unscrew the tip and place the wire into the tip from the inside. This removes any thick paint that may have gotten into the tip.

CLEANING:

Now my best advice to you! Many fused glass stores have small bottles and tips for mixing or thinning the paint. Buying one of these inexpensive plastic bottles will save you A LOT of hassle. This is what I use them for. 

When I finish painting, I remove the tip of the Glassline bottle and replace the black cap that came on the bottle. Fill the empty squeeze bottle with cold water. Screw the tip you used while painting into the water-filled squeeze bottle. 

Over a sink or bucket, squeeze the bottle until clean water comes out of the end of the tip. This is a great way to keep the tips clean. If you leave them in the paint bottle, they will clog and that will seriously reduce production.