Newbie Question: Can I glue my pieces together at home for studio kilning?

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    Hello y’all!

    I am very new to glass fusing and am going to take a class this month. However, in the meantime, I am wondering if you could help me by answering a question?

    I don’t have enough money to set up a studio with a kiln or 2, so I was thinking that I would use one of the local glass companies to do my kiln work. However, I was wondering how possible this is? For example, can I simply glue my art glass project together at home, and then take it to them and give them the kiln program?

    The reason that I am wondering is about the glue. I have seen one person in a video say that you can use toothpick sized dots of Elmer’s white school glue to adhere the glass pieces to each other. The other person I saw use glue said it was super glue and it would not affect the finished piece. Lastly, I read a book that recommended Elmer’s PVC glue.

    Can I really glue my project together and have it kilned elsewhere?

    Thanks for your kindest consideration of my question!

    Best regards,



    Hi Antonio,

    Good question! I have used many different types of glue to hold pieces in place for one reason or another. Elmer’s white glue works fine. As does transparent tape, or E 6000 glue or clear silicone adhesive. While super glue will work, it can release corrosive vapors which can harm the kiln or anyone near the kiln as it is being fired.

    Another glue is liquid hair spray. As with all glues the question is what kind of strength is needed to hold the piece together in transient from the point of origin to the kiln. Elmer’s is probably your best bet, but if you have small pieces that don’t have far to go and with little vibration, then hair spay would probably be okay also.

    Hope this help —


    I use liquid hairspray (the cheapest kind) either sprayed over the entire surface, or applied through a dropper where required. This takes about 5 mins to set. Glastac or glastac gel is made for the job, takes much longer to set so you can move things around for much longer than with hairspray before you settle on the final configuration, but I don’t find quite as reliable. I try to avoid Elmer’s glue (PVA) as it can leave marks when fired if too much is used.

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