Quick Tip: Kilncarved Billet
Create a textured block of glass using ceramic fiber paper and the right amount of heat! Almost any shape is possible: letters, numbers and more.
Design with texture: In the kiln, the billet conforms to your fiber paper design. Note that the glass will take on the texture of the fiber paper and the kiln shelf.
Color considerations: Any billet will work, even Curious billets. Lighter saturation styles are a good choice to display with the smooth side facing out.
1. Plan a design based on the billet dimensions, approximately 10" x 5" x 0.75" (127 x 254 x 19 mm).
2. To make this design, we started with an image on paper and cut it out to make a stencil.
3. Trace the design onto 1/8" fiber paper (7036) and cut it out using an X-Acto knife. For a raised design, oversize the fiber paper by 0.5" on each side to keep the billet from flowing over the edge.
4. Arrange the fiber paper on a primed kilnshelf. Clean the billet and load it on the fiber paper. Fire with the schedule below.
*For color development in gold-bearing styles (1823, 1824, 1831), we recommend a 2:00 hold at 1225°F (663°C).
5. Be sure to wear respiratory protection as you peel away the fiber paper. Remove any residue with a scrub pad or nylon brush and water.