Finished Project and Tips

Kiln Pressed Glass

Kiln-pressed glass has endless possibilities and produces work unlike most of what is being created by fused glass artists today. 

To help you on your way, here are some tips:

Glass reactions (the color changes that occur when certain glasses are fused together) tend to be intense in kiln-pressed glass.  You can avoid this by placing clear glass between the reactive colors.  You can see this in the finished piece above – reds, yellows, greens and blues all overlap without creating browns that would typically occur when mixing these colors.

As mentioned in the article above, many of the transparent colors available today are very saturated and appear almost black without a light behind them.  When thinned during in a kiln-pressed glass project, these same colors often produce gorgeous hues.

Pay attention to how glass spreads when pressed – usually from the center out to the edge.  With practice, you can be increasingly deliberate with your design.

Use a scale to determine how much glass you are going to press.  If you use too much glass, it will squeeze out from under the top shelf.  One square inch of a single layer of fusible glass weighs about 0.2 ounces (5.5 grams).  You can use this value to determine how much glass is needed for a given size – or, you can simply use our Pot Drop Calculator to do the work for you.

That's it!  Please be sure to share your results in the forum or in your photo gallery on FusedGlass.Org.


This is absolutely

This is absolutely gorgeous.  Although I would be a little nervous trying it on my own.  I love the look.  Thanks for posting the tutorial.

Kay T.

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Just posted a blog about this tutorial. The results are luscious!! If my kilns weren't cooking glass right now I'd make up one of these. But there is always tomorrow. This is at the top of my to-do list. Thanks!!!!

Thank you, Paul. Your

Thank you, Paul.

Your tutorials always stimulate the 'mad scientist' in me- one of my favorite aspects of glass kiln forming.

Now, another great 'experiment' to do.  Wish you were closer to Atlanta.  I know I would be looking forward to the Friday Fuses.-Lori

Kiln Pressed Glass

What a simple idea and the result is awesome! Thank you for this tutorial.

pressed glass

WOW!!!!  Can't wait to give this a try



Paul, This piece is


This piece is beautiful.  As with all of your tutorials, the info is clear, concise and a great impetus to the imagination.  I can't wait to try this project.  Thanks for your fantastic generosity sharing your knowledge!!  This seems to be a  great quality of artists, especially those who work in glass....lucky us!!

This info is a REAL gift! It's a prayer answered :)

I'm so thankful when someone shares such valuable secrets / information. I can't wait. I'm also going to use it with millifiori. The spacers give accurate and reproducable results for thickness, with unlimited possibilities...reminds me of pot melts...always a nice surprise. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! (God bless you)

thanks for the tutorial

thanks alot for the great tutorial, expanding the frontier for fused glass artists.  Truly inspiring.


Tommy of Tommyglass

Kiln Pressed Glass Tutorial

Sonnee McCabe

I just read the tutorial on kiln pressed glass & can't wait to try it.  Your instructions & visuals were great.  Thanks so much for your willingness to share this information.

The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.


Thank you so much for sharing your gifts again!  The colors you have achieved remind me of Pierre Renior's flower paintings

Now I have a great use for all that wesser glass that was given to me.




residual kiln wash

I tried the kiln pressed technique and it worked well.  I used yellow, medium blue and dark green (nearly black) with lots of clear.  We don't have sandblasting there another way to remove the residual kiln wash?  Would it be better to use the kiln paper instead, or does that end up imbedded in the fused piece, too?  Thanks for your help...much appreciated!


.... me thinks i have died and gone to heaven.....i only just joined today and feel like its christmas ! how fantastic, thankyou muchly for sharing such fasinating ideas and explaining them so simply....i feel confident in having a go.    i love you . xx Smile

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Paul - Is it possible to press glass in a fiber kiln? 

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Your work is beautiful as is your creativity.  Thank you so much.

You have given me so much inspiration to challenge myself even further.  I can't wait to try this.  My kiln is full right now.  First chance I get when my current project is done, this is next in line.

Thank you for the detailed tutorial.  No confusion there at all.  I can do this.


I don't know why you couldn't just use the side of the piece that was not exposed to kiln wash for the 2nd phase of this...I don't have a sandblaster either.


Gallery photos

I've posted a pic in the community gallery of the 2nd firing on my 1st attempt. Is anyone else able to see the original lines from the glass pieces? (They're not visible in my photo but are there on both the 1st and 2nd firings.)  I can't imagine how they survived the heat and hold times....

kiln wash vs. paper

Hi Buttons1,

You may have tried already since your post is Jan of 2011, but I just finished (Sept 2012) the two firings. I don't have a sandblaster either so per a suggestion in another post I used kiln paper under and over.  Not that I think it matters but both shelves had been kiln washed previously.  There was no paper residue.  However, on both firings I got a shallow indention around the circumference on the bottom of the piece.  At first I thought it was where the original disk was but I don't think that measures out.  My only thought is that the glass pushed the paper as it spread and eventually the powder (once the paper) made a ridge.  Does that even make sense?  Have you tried the paper yet?


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Just joined.Whew! It does look like blown glass. I have a great deal to learn. Thanks so much.

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