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« on: February 04, 2013 06:06:59 PM »

I've been playing around with decal paper again.  I like the sepia toned look on BE French Vanilla glass.  I'd love to dig up more information about full color decals - that would open up a lot more options...

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013 07:59:14 PM »

Has a vintage feel to the piece, and that bale is lovely. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013 01:48:16 PM »

Do you make the decals yourself?
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013 01:56:10 PM »

I use the photo decal paper that is commercially available for fusing and an HP printer for the toner content.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013 05:06:55 PM »

I just purchased an HP printer on eBay and am about to embark on photo fusing. Wish me luck! Have you done a large piece?
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013 07:17:28 PM »

You're gonna have some fun!  The largest I've managed to be happy with was an 8 x 8ish piece.  I've learned that photo quality is important and also that the paper may tend to degrade over time.  I had some that I bought from a local gal who was going out of business - that stash was a few years old.  I was not near as happy with the image quality on that paper as I've been with paper purchased recently. 

Also - depending on where you get your paper, the instructions may not be quite clear.  I've had the best luck by allowing decals to set up and dry overnight, and then first fusing them on a slump cycle (process temp around 1250ish) before capping them with clear or using them in a larger piece.

Also - sepia tone can be altered slightly.  If you cap with a bluish tinted glass, your decals/photos will appear grayscale rather than sepia.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013 03:10:27 AM »

@GlassKicker: Thank you for the tips! I bought Terrie Banhazl's book "Fired-On Images" but it's a little vague. Can't wait to experiment!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2013 01:17:06 AM »

beautiful, I am going to class in a couple of weeks to learn Glass fusing. Interested in the Glass decals but here in new Zealand can't seem to find anyone who sells them Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2013 01:35:39 PM »

beautiful, I am going to class in a couple of weeks to learn Glass fusing. Interested in the Glass decals but here in new Zealand can't seem to find anyone who sells them Undecided

So excited for you!  I hope you love it as much as I do - though, one word of caution, and I'm sure others will agree - it can be very addicting!  New Zealand seems to be quite the destination for teaching artists.  I took two technique classes last month, one from an artist who will soon be headed to New Zealand to teach, and one who just recently returned, IIRC.  I'd love to visit someday.....sigh...

Be sure to post photos of the pieces you make in class!  We'd love to see them.
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2013 02:19:51 PM »

Thanks , I will.I was going to buy some decals from U.S.A. but the postage prices have gone up 60% to New Zealand. Angry
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