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Old 2016-03-19, 6:33am
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Default Painted glass help

If I make something out of glass and anneal it and when its cold , can I use some kind of paint (glass/ceramic paint) on the glass and then anneal it again so paint will stay?..

Thinking about using an airbrush and small paint brushes...

Would the paint stay on? What would the best paint be? Can this be done? I believe they also heat decals on glass and was wondering if this could be done after making a lampwork piece also.

Any info would help...TY
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Old 2016-03-19, 7:50am
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I have used Thompson FuseMaster enamel mixed in oil of clove and squeegee oil to paint on clear glass. I left it to dry. Once dry I applied it to a hot bead (apply like dichro-painted side away from flame). The bead was then annealed.
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Old 2016-03-19, 11:54am
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You certainly can, and this is how they do specialty wine glasses and that sort of thing. I believe this is how Margaret Zinser does her fabulous beads, also; somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 2016-03-19, 12:29pm
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Is it Bronwyn H??? That has a book/tutorial on it?
I haven't invested in paint yet, but have read on it and want to do some.
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Old 2016-03-19, 5:52pm
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Bronwyn was the first. Margaret learned from her. There's a book by James Kervin where Bronwyn walks the reader through a few different projects. It's very helpful. You can use high fire Fusemaster enamels mixed with oil, as Mina noted above. You can paint on sheet glass, let it dry and then wrap it around the bead (very much like applying dichro) and then anneal the bead or you can paint directly on a cold annealed bead, fire the paint onto the bead in the flame (you can use your lampworking torch, although I find a Smith Mini Torch works great) and then re-anneal the bead.
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Old 2016-03-31, 5:21am
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They are enamel paints but I would not recommend the type that you buy at the craft store to paint on wine glasses and such. These don't fuse into the glass, they basically sit on top of the glass and the texture of the paint is visible and palpable.
I would search around for the better quality stuff that melts in nicely.
But you can certainly start with the craft store stuff to get a feel for what it's like.
I have some but won't ship them. If anyone lives in the Southern Calif area and wants them, PM me and come on over.
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