how to clean jewelry silver at home
Hello! Today I would like to share with you a few pointers on fused glass painting. Hopefully these tips will help eliminate some early on frustrations! As a side note, this article is based on my own opinions and only serve as suggestions and a jumping off point for you to expand your creativity.
I use Glassline paints for painting on either 90 or 96 COE glass. Glassline paints are available online at Delphi Glass and other fusing glass websites. Glassline suggests thinning the paint but I never need to do this. If thinned too much the paint will just run out of the applicator tip. When purchasing your paint, make sure you purchase at least 4 silver metal tips. Tips do not come with the paint and I didn’t discover these gems for a while. These tips simply screw onto the top of the paint and are ready to use. Paint can be applied on top of the glass (my preferred method) or between layers of glass.
If you are working on a project using 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. Simply place the wire into the end of the tip, this should clear it. If not, unscrew the tip and place the wire up inside the tip from the inside. This eliminates any thick paint that may have made its way into the tip.
Now for my best tip to you!! Many fused glass stores will carry small squeeze bottles and tips for mixing the paint or thinning it. Purchasing one of these low cost plastic bottles will save you a TON of hassle. Here’s what I use them for. When I am finished painting, I remove the tip from the Glassline bottle and replace the black cap that came on the bottle. Fill the empty squeeze bottle with cool water. Screw the tip you used while painting onto the squeeze bottle filled with water. Over a sink or bucket, squeeze the bottle until clean water shoots out the end of the tip. This is such a great way to keep your tips clean. If you leave them on the paint bottle they will definitely clog up and that seriously cuts down on production.