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Using Fiber Paper as an Inclusion

 

This is one of a series on inclusions in glass.  To start at the beginning, click here.

Although it's common to use metals such as copper and silver as inclusions, fiber paper also makes an interesting and inexpensive inclusion.  It can be used in several ways, including the following:

1.   Shapes can be punched in thin fiber paper with a craft punch, then sandwiched between two layers and glass and fully fused.  This technique, which works well with thin papers such as thinfire or 1/16" thick paper, gives the best results when used with a background glass that contrasts with the brilliant white fiber paper.  Punched out stars on dichroic glass, for instance, make a novel jewelry cabochon when capped with clear.

2.  Common 1/8" (3mm) or 1/16" fiber paper can be cut to shape with scissors or a craft knife, then colored by using enamel or mica powder.  Simply mix the powder with a binder such as Klyr-fire or a fusing glue, then dip the prepared fiber paper in the mixed solution.  Make sure the paper is totally covered (including the edges), then place it between two pieces of glass and fire. 

Just remember -- if you're using fiber paper as an inclusion sealed between two layers of glass, it's essential that the paper is no more than 1/8" (3mm) thick.  Thicker papers have the potential to crack the glass.

Click here for more on using fiber paper as a temporary inclusion to form air pockets in fused glass.

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