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Translating a design from a drawing to a finished fused glass piece can be challenging. These tools help streamline the process.

Colors for Earth (CFE) Fired Glass Enamels are fusible paints that work differently than the other media offered on the Glass Art Tools website. CFE enamels come in a powder form, meant to be mixed with CFE's special medium and dropped with a fine brush into a "pool" or "puddle" on the surface of glass, then pulled gently to expand their coverage. Once they are on the glass, colors can be mixed or even marbelized. (We carry the medium as well as outline and detail paints).

CFE Fired Glass Enamels offer a huge variety of applications beyond painting: They can be dry-sifted on, silk-screened, or thinned with the special medium or water and sponged, sprayed, airbrushed, stippled, or applied with an airpen, writer bottle, even used on stencils. Thinning with the special medium retains the strength of color, while thinning with water dilutes the color. The possibilities are endless.

After kiln firing (from 1376 to 1550 degrees F), these colors are vivid and opaque with a glossy finish. The G series of colors offered here are lead-free, non-toxic, and are available in 1,2, and 4 oz. containers as well as pint jars.

Once you've purchased your CFE paints, you are eligible to join the "CFE Glass Color Artists" group on Facebook, where you can learn more about how to use these products and see the what other artists are doing with them. Like Glass Art Tools, Colors for Earth is strongly devoted to education, so you'll always have the opportunity to expand your techniques and processes with these products.

For the glass artist who likes the look of pastels, these Glassline chalks are specially made for fusing. An extensive palette of 26 colors is available. Apply them liberally to rough glass, such as that made with our 36-Grit Silicon Carbide Matte-Making kit. Or, to prepare an even rougher surface to "soak up" these chalks: Sift, then tack-fuse glass powder onto a sheet of opal glass. These chalks don't mix like pastels, but you can get a similar effect by layering them. To bring out the richness of their colors, full-fuse them to at least 1470-1500 degrees, and they'll meld into the surface of the glass permanently. You can also trap them between two layers of glass and full fuse them, but they can't be fused at lower temperatures (below 1400 degrees) without being "sandwiched" because texture-fuse temps are not hot enough to make them stick. You can also experiment with shaving or grinding the tips into dust (protect yourself with a safety filter mask) and watercolor-painting it on. Fused surfaces can then be painted over with your favorite glass paint to add outlines or details, and fused again. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! (Remember that the underlying color of your glass will undoubtedly show through at points, so choose well). Glassline Chalks are lead-free and food-safe. Note: We are the only place on the web where you can buy the full set of 26 colors, and at a great discount, too!
Glassline Paints offer the fusing artist a variety of applications--Squeeze straight from the bottle or from a fineline tip, spread and/or mix colors with a palette knife, thin with water and paint-  or airbrush onto matte-surface glass, cut in patterns with silicone blades or sgraffito, and fuse to different temperatures to vary color intensity and shine. Oh, and you can layer them and re-fuse for extra depth. Wow! All this, plus they're non-toxic, and work on all COEs too! I've tested all the colors and picked the best and brightest for this website. This product works on regular polished-surface glass when you use a palette knife to apply. Watch our demo video: How to Apply Paints to Smooth Glass Surfaces for Glass Fusing.
Reusche is a respected company which for more than a century has been providing artists with pure pigments that bring rich color to any medium. These colors can be painted onto matte-surface glass once they are mixed with a painting medium, such as propylene glycol (found at the bottom of this page). After drying, they can be fused, layered, and fused again. The pigments are in extremely fine powder form, so a protective mask should always be worn when working with them.
Thompson makes these powdered enamels just for glass fusing. They can be sifted directly onto glass, then worked with silicone blades, and fused on the surface or in between glass layers. The colors are rich and vibrant. Our website will be carrying a full line of individual colors soon; for now, we're offering a wonderful sample pack of 1 teaspoon each of 43 different colors so that you can experiment and pick your favorites.
Whether your fused glass artistry is small enough to wear or large enough be sculpture, these pro-quality tools will help your design process.
In this section, Judith Kiriazis combines her glass and teaching skills to generate informative tutorials that are free to Glass Art Tools customers. I hope you will find them useful.
Store and organize your studio materials--powders, leftover paints, even jewelry components--with these neat little storage containers.
Use these neat tools to apply, manipulate, and remove glass enamels, powders, and paints. Create a whole new look for your designs.