Tips to Avoid Bubbles in Decals

One of the biggest enemies to any fused glass artist is the dreaded bubble. No matter how hard we try, sometimes a bubble creeps into our piece and it is unavoidable. It is also frustrating when working with fusible glass decals and a bubble appears just above the decal. Hopefully we can offer a few tips on how to avoid the curse of the bubble in your decals. While there is no sure fire way to avoid a bubble, following these 4 steps should help:

1-Once the decal is applied, blot out any excess water with a paper towel.
2-When the excess water is removed, wrap the paper towel around your fore finger and GENTLY brush the entire decal design after the excess water is removed. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or folds in the decal.
3-You must let the decal dry for at least 12 hours before firing the glass.
4-***HOT TIP*** If you are in a hurry and can't wait 12 hours to fire, use a blow dryer at close range for 20 minutes.