Pressed Glass Technique

There are Vernelle Blue’s observations/opinions from doing the Pressed Glass technique.

For FULL instructions and photos, go to Paul Tarlow’s (Helios) web site

Advantages---you create your own design and color combinations on glass

Dark colors become lighter in color

You can use scrap clear and colored glass

Disadvantage---minimum of 3 firings.

Do use transparent glass.

Make sure that the stacks of glass are even so that the kiln shelf on top is level.

Do have plenty of weight on kiln shelf  (can use lots of kiln posts and/or fire brick)

Be sure that you have pieces of fiber paper on the edge of the bottom kiln shelf so that the pressure doesn’t make the glass too thin.

Don’t have the kiln wash too thick or you will have to soak it in vinegar or sand blast the piece to get the kiln wash off.

NOTE--your piece will expand in size.  My 6” circle became 8” after adding the second firing. 

Set up-

Take the base piece of glass and decide where you want your colors.

Put your pieces of color on top of clear glass scraps  (see photos on Paul's’ web site)

Put your piece on the kiln washed kiln shelf with the fiber paper strips near the edge of the shelf.

Fire your piece--(see the web site for Paul’s suggested firing schedule)

You can add another layer of glass to add more colors in other spots of the piece.

After the second firing, check for kiln wash.  Clean and then fire polish the piece.

Then slump.

If you are using milliefori to press, know that the pieces are not evenly cut.  Try to have them as even as possible.  If they are really uneven, the kiln shelf will slide causing the milliefori to move, creating movement on your piece.

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