Decals began in Europe in 1750’s. I obtain my decals from several different sources including; AAE, Glass Art Patterns, Ceramic stores, etc. Decals (including gold, color, black, white, etc) are images fused on the surface of the fused glass. If done properly the decals will not rub or scratch off the fused glass. Glass decals are water slide; which means, water is used to slide the decal off the backing and onto the fused glass. It is best not to rush adding decals to fused glass. I typically let them set overnight before they are fired in the kiln. Below are some of the different types of glass-fired decals.
1. Hi fire decals can be in colored, ceramic gold, and gold and white accent they are kiln fired in a range of 1225 to 1440 degrees Fahrenheit (F)
2. Low to Hi Fire: lead free black or white enamel fusible decals requires a firing range of 1140 to 1450 F
3. Low fire 22k gold ultra luster fusible decals have a curing range of 1075 to 1250 F
4. AAE low fire glass enamel screen printed decals are from 1035 to 1095 F (1200 F for color or large)
The lead free black or white enamel fusible decals are digitally printed verses screen-printed albeit; they add a variety of options and if fired correctly are very nice.
GAP also has colored decals however, these decals are not opaque (like AAE’s) they must be on light or white glass. If these colored decals are fired onto darker colors the color will not show up very well.
Some of my favorites GAP decals are the gold and white accent decals, they work fabulously on dark glass. If fired properly the white is vibrant white and the gold is shiny! GAP also has low fire 22k gold, ultra luster fusible decals.
I'll be putting my youtube video out soon demonstrating decals.
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