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You make the most beautiful fused glass art work. Now you need to sign it. Signing your art adds value and helps build your artistic legacy. This tutorial will briefly briefly outline four different methods to sign your fused glass art work and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
Step 1: Consider your choice of tools. (1) Titanium pens (such as a Titanium Ti-Penâ„˘ or Titanium Glass Scribeâ„˘) are wonderful tools for signing your fused glass art. (2) Gold pens (such as the pre-filled Ferro Goldrush Pen or the refillable Kemper Gold Pen and 22kt liquid gold) are another excellent choice. (3) Photo transfer papers are also a great way to sign your fused glass art. (4) You can also sign your hand made fused glass by using a a scribe pen. This device has a hard tip made of tungsten carbide. The scribe allows you to engrave your signature, item numbers and the name of your glass pieces.
Step 2: There are several factors that may influence what type of tool you will want to use to sign your work. Evaluate cost, whether or not you will want multiple firings and your handwriting. Gold pens are elegant but expensive to use as the ink is made of real gold. Scribes, titanium pens and gold pens are best used by those with attractive or distinctive hand writing. Photo trasnfer paper, titanium pens and gold pens all require a firing to make the signature permanent. Scribes can be tricky to use.
Step 3: Decide what type of tool you want to use, purchase that tool and practice.
Tips & Warnings
* Never leave a kiln unattended when firing.
* Always wear eye protection when cutting glass or using a glass grinder.
* Always wear a dust mask when working with glass frit, filing or drilling glass.