Using Milestone Decals

Butterfly Milestone decals on a glass tile

Milestone decals are printed on water-release backing paper coated with an adhesive made from cornstarch.

A layer of wax paper protects vthe decal. For best results, apply decals to prefired glass. We also recommend firing these decals on the surface, not between layers.

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Applying the Decal

Clean your glass before you begin with glass cleaner and a
lint-free towel.

  1. Remove the layer of wax paper.
  2. Thoroughly wet the decal on its backing paper in a bowl of room-temperature water until it uncurls. This takes about 30 seconds, depending on the temperature of the water and the size of the decal. Do not let the decal sit in the water for more than a minute or two.
  3. Remove the decal (still on its backing paper) from the water, and set it on top of the glass with the decal facing up. Let it sit for 1–2 minutes, at which point the decal should release from the backing paper with no resistance. If the decal is not releasing easily, re-wet the decal and allow it to rest a while longer on your glass while the glue softens. Larger decals may need more time in the water.
  4. When properly wetted, the decal will slide straight from the backing paper and should not be flipped over. Gently position the decals as desired on the clean glass. Using a small squeegee or rubber/silicone spatula, gently press the water and any air bubbles from the center of the decal toward the edge. Starting with the gentle pressure, use a clockwise motion on the piece, increasing the pressure by increments at the end of each rotation until you squeeze all the water and air bubbles from underneath the decal.
  5. Wick away any surface moisture with the lint-free cloth.
  6. Once applied, you shouldn’t be able to move the decal. If possible, let the applied decal sit in a dry environment overnight (or at least a couple hours) before firing.

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