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Strip Cut Construction Techniques for Kilnformed Glass

The Process

In strip-cut construction of a fused glass piece, strips of glass are cut from sheets of glass, and assembled on edge, rather than laid flat. This technique not only lends itself to designs with geometric and linear components, but also produces an almost bubble-free final piece.

The process begins by determining the size and shape of the project to be created, and then drawing the outline of the project on a piece of Thinfire® paper. This refractory paper performs a dual purpose - is used to cover the kiln shelf, preventing the glass from adhering to the shelf during firing, and is also very useful for drawing the design guidelines for the project. One can draw just the outline, or draw a complete layout of the design. Thinfire paper can also be run through a laser printer if a complex drawing needs to be reproduced. After firing, Thinfire® paper gives the back of the glass a smooth, slightly textured surface. I feel that it is preferable to shelf separator (kiln wash) because it minimizes the chance that particles of the shelf separator will find its way between the many strips of glass during firing.

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