Step #6: The Fused Glass Plate is fused. Before you take the fused glass plate out of the kiln, you need to do a couple of things. When thin fire paper is fired, it disintegrates and turns into a powder. It is not healthy to breath these tiny fibers, because they will remain in your lungs and could cause problems. If you used thin fire paper like I did, you will need to vacuum the thin fire paper with a shop vac that has a hepa filter. You also need to wear a respirator with hepa filter, so you don’t breath in the dust from the thin fire paper.
After you vacuum up all the thin fire, wash the fused glass plate to remove any remaining thin fire.
If you used kiln wash on the shelf, you don’t have to worry about this step.
Christine — Glass Artist
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