Can I use decals or static clings to decorate glass blocks? I am not sure if the lights will be too hot for the vinyl.
debtchr from Hilliard, Ohio
I would. The mini-lights don't get hot enough to damage either the decal or decal clings. (12/05/2008)
If you used low temp LED lights or Christmas bulbs in them and not larger incandescent bulbs, then I'd think you wouldn't have to worry about it.
You also have another way you can go about it. You can use decals that are made for ceramics. They are supposed to be fired into and under the glaze at around 1200 degrees or thereabouts. They are applied with no glue, only water and a squeegee to remove any bubbles. What seals them onto the piece is the kiln firing. You could do a test and try baking one of these ceramic decals on to a glass block in your oven turned up to 500 or as high as it would go for several hours.
Or even better yet, If you know a glass artist that does slumped glass they may be able to fire these decals on to your glass blocks for a price. Also there are many ceramic or pottery studios that can also fire them for you as well as some community colleges. But you really need to use someone who knows glass slumping. You only need to go up to cone 023 and no higher than cone 018. (12/07/2008)
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