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crystalpeace
« on: April 16, 2008 11:28:11 AM »

i was wondering if any one has used a china marker to draw a design onto glass. did it stay long enough for you to do what you needed to do? what do you use to get rid of the marks when you are done?
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 07:58:36 AM »

I've used a grease pencil and a sharpie before. The grease pencil will stay on in water so if you are going to use a band saw or grinder the grease pencil lines won't wash away.  But it is tougher to wash out.

Sharpies will wash off which is both good and bad I suppose.
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crystalpeace
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008 09:14:33 AM »

but what do you wash them of with  the sharpies i mean
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008 09:16:12 AM »

but what do you wash them of with  the sharpies i mean

Glass cleaner and elbow grease.  Smiley You just have to rub and it will come off.
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crystalpeace
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008 09:18:02 AM »

oh  and i thought china markers were supposed to come off of glass
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2008 01:27:43 PM »

Admission time - I'm not 100% sure what a china marker is.  Embarrassed A grease pencil may be the same thing.  Huh
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crystalpeace
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2008 10:37:19 PM »

they sell them at hobby lobby and they are called china markers they come in black, white and sometimes red.  i guess they could be called grease markers as well.
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taalfaro
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008 12:19:59 PM »

To answer your first question - I was lucky enough that my best friend took a class in fusing and then taught me.  Most of my experience has been reading and getting information from another great website, Warm Glass (www.warmglass.com).  And then, just doing.  My first kiln was non-programmable so I had to learn my schedule by setting and peeking.  Now I have a large kiln that is programmable so I've learned my schedules from books. 

The second question - I use sharpie with a layer of petroleum jelly to keep it from washing off in the saw and/or grinder. 
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crystalpeace
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2008 01:10:33 PM »

i am working on decorating glass blocks the ones that you see as either full walls to just light in or as windows in bathrooms to let light in but still keep privacy.   i wanted to paint or even etch on the blocks and i wanted something that i could paint/etch up to and remove the lines when i was done without removing the paint  or  keeping the markings able to see
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