Bullseye Quick Tip: Smooth Kiln Wash


Create a smooth, uniform surface on the shelf side of your fired work—not a brush stroke in sight!

First, prepare a kilnshelf with Bullseye Shelf Primer. Follow the instructions in our free video Preparing Kiln Shelves to prime and dry the shelf.

Once the shelf has cooled, gently buff the surface with a sheet of standard copy paper.

Tip the shelf upright with the primer side away from you and tap it lightly against a hard surface to knock off the loosened primer (to ease cleanup, tap the shelf onto a piece of butcher paper). Ideally, this will be done with local ventilation, wearing a NIOSH approved respirator.

Note: The buffed surface is delicate. Avoid sliding pieces of sheet glass across it, as primer can collect in the seams.

This technique is ideal for works with a single base sheet or minimal seams. We’re especially fond of the effect on iridized glass, though it’s equally effective on non-iridized opals & transparents.

See Original Bullseye Post here.

Preparing Kiln Shelves

Revised April 16, 2018.


ThinkCraft Symposium at CIA

September 20-22, 2018

ThinkCraft Symposium is a three-day symposium will focus on issues critical in craft today: Contemporary practice, theory and education, and curating and collecting. Join us for presentations, discussions, and demonstrations by some of the top thought leaders in craft today.

Glass artists Judith Schaechter and Nate Cotterman (current Penland Resident Artist) giving lectures and demonstrations.


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Registration includes admission to all workshops and presentations and an opening night reception. Tickets are $40; $15 for students and high school educators. Register here.

Silicone Mould Making: Video

Basic mould making technique for silicone moulds using basic Silicone I* caulking (available at your local hardware store). Tips:

  1. Cool, Soapy Water
  2. 2 Buckets (1 for hands, 1 for silicone).
  3. BE GENTLE! (If ANY of the silicone starts to stick to your hands, STOP and clean off. silicone sticks to silicone, so it will continue to build up and eventually make a giant mess!)
  4. Collect and Shape the Silicone noodles UNDER WATER.
  5. Be sure your hands and pattern remain cool, wet and soapy.

*Note: Do NOT use Silicone II. It will not cure!