I wanted to share this technique for assembling fused glass projects after discovering and testing it in my studio. This may be something others are already doing as well but it was new for me.
I have found that patterns can be safely printed on the thin fire shelf paper when you need to have a pattern guide under your glass for assembling a fusing project. The paper accepts the ink clearly and without smearing or bleeding and the ink burns out cleanly during firing. I use an Epson inkjet printer and create many of my designs and patterns on my computer so it is easy to print them out. Once the thin fire paper is cut down to the standard 8.5 x 11 business size it goes right in the paper tray on my printer and I haven't had any printer equipment problems with it at all.
I often do fused projects that I want to fire on shelf paper but also want to assemble precisely to a pattern. Using the printed shelf paper I can lay my pattern directly on the kiln shelf and put it together using the pattern as my guide. This way I can avoid marking the glass itself. I have also been able to use patterns printed on the shelf paper to trace designs on transparent glass with liquid stringer. This has worked especially well because I can place the pattern on the kiln shelf on my drawing table, place the glass on top of the pattern, trace the pattern and then just put it all in the kiln at once. Less handling always means less crazing for me.
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