Ever use Gorilla Super Glue prior to fusing?

When moving pieces I've assembled to the kiln, they often slip and I have to put them back together. Even then, they can slide during the melting process. The only method I've seen to address this is Gorilla Super Glue, but I haven't seen anyone use it. Have you used it, or something else? I do have firing glue, but it takes too long to dry.

Holding glass vefore fusing

Cheap pump hair spray works like a charm. I get mine at the dollar store.


Barry Kaiser

Web Site    www.kaiserglass.com

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...Glue prior to fusing

I've been using "HoneyDoo Zuper Glue" which I've only been able to find online.  It's perfect for keeping stacked pieces together. 


Like Barry said, get a bottle of pump hairspray, the cheapest stuff you can find. It works great, and dries fairly fast. It burns off clean, and if by chance you have glued something on to your glass with it, and it dries and you want to move/remove the piece just put more hairspray on it and it will loosen the piece.

I put my hairspray in an empty Visine bottle to make application easier. Some people use a dropper, or you can buy little plastic squeeze bottles.


Movement of glued pieces

You comment that your pieces sometimes move in the firing although glued together.

Glues burn off a lot lower than the temperature at which the glass begins to stick together.  So if you are glueing overhanging pieces, for example, they can move after the glue has burned off.  My view is that if you are assembling a piece that will not stay in place while you are assembling it, glue will not help get the final result you want.  If you are glueing to keep things stable while you move it to the kiln, you may find everything is ok.

However, glue tends to boil off if the temperature is raised too fast.  During this process, the effect of the boiling will move the glass pieces that are most unstable.

Another way to deal with unstable pieces, is to make a large piece and then cut it up after fusing in to the sizes you want.  Clean the pieces very well, and then fire them again to at least fire polish.

Glue most often leads to problems. In my view, of course.

Stephen Richard

blogs at: http://www.verrier-glass.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.glasstips.blogspot.com/

Thanks everybody!

Wow Surprised You Folks Are Knowledgable!

I did use the Gorilla Super Glue, and it works "super"! But I don't always need that much hold (plus too much close contact is bad for my dry eyes), so the tip about using liquid hairspray was very welcome, and it works like a charm! Quick drying, no residue that I've seen yet, and it even smells nice =-) I went to the dollar store and got a bottle of the spray. They didn't have anything with an eyedropper, but I bought a bottle of a red-eye treatment (like Visine). Dumped out the contents, rinsed, and poured in the liquid hairspray. $2, and it'll last me a LONNNNG time! Thanks again so much, I'm having a ball!

Zuper Glue

I love Zuper Glue.  I have yet to get bit by it.  I have left projects unfired that have been glued together for months with no burn off issue.  I get mine at Hollander Glass in Atlanta.

Hair spray instead of glue?

Are you saying you spray your pieces with hair spray to hold them together instead of glue and then fire it?  I just want to clarify since hair spray is flammable.

Flammability of hair spray

The amount of hairspray is very small, it will be in a confined space (kiln).  Also when dry, most of the flammable material has evaporated.

Stephen Richard

blogs at: http://www.verrier-glass.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.glasstips.blogspot.com/

Applying hairspray

You can spray the hairspray, or apply it with a q-tip, toothpick, eye dropper, etc. When your pieces are "glued" together with the hairspray and dried and maybe you want to move a piece, if you can't get it off using something like the tip of an X-acto knife, you can add more hairspray and that will work its' way underneath and loosen the piece.

Hair spray works like a

Hair spray works like a charm.  Any adhesive you use in a kiln will burn off before the glass starts to fuse, so you need to be sure whatever is in the kiln will be stable once the adhesive is gone.


Barry Kaiser

Web Site    www.kaiserglass.com

Glass Classes:   www.Kaiserglass.com/classes.html

Tutorials      www.kaiserglass.com/tutorials.html

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