Anyone doing "patte de verre" or "resille sur verre"?
I have dabbles with Cast Glass / Pate-De-Verre, but I am certainly
no expert! So mostly I am going to suggest some more expert
articles I’ve seen, as well as add some links that I have found on
My limited knowledge of the patte de verre technique is that it
involves use of a glue mixed with powdered enamel glass, or frit.
I believe that there are several methods one can use to achieve a
Pate-De-Verre project. Often an investment mold is used in the
process, and it can be created through the lost wax process or for
simple one sided designs by carving into or pressing into the
So here are the questions: >1a. if some glue like substance is used
in patte de verre; is it hide glue, or can it be white or yellow
household glue? >1b. do the glue volatiles burn off sufficiently so
as not leave a permanent residue in the enameling furnace that
would make the kiln unusable for future enameling?
I have attempted simple projects with investment & course frit,
enamel frit or 90 (coe) fusing glass fritt, but without the aid of
any glue or adhesives, so I am not sure which glass / adhesive
holding medium would burn out most cleanly. I might try Klyr-Fire,
the enamel holding medium I use in the cloisonne process, in my kiln
all the time to no ill effect. However I am not sure if it is strong
enough for what you are tying to do.
A website that specializes in supplies, products & on
such items as… “Pate-de-Verre Glue”: Apparently a clean burning
glue to hold frit or pieces of glass in place until a heat bond has
been established. Their advertisement states that it can be used for
frit casting vertical walls without an interior mold or to hold
small pieces of glass in place. “Polyform Clay”: an easy working clay
that can be ‘heat cured’ for the production of multiple images.
“Hydroperm Investment”: a ‘one shot’ mold that is discarded when it
is removed from the glass casting.
An second site selling supplies for Pate-De-Verre is:
list…“DONNA’S FUSING GLUE AND SPRAY MEDIUM” The site states it is
"a thin glue for fusing and pate-de-verre that is used to lightly
hold small pieces of glass in place so that they do not move while
handling." They say “completely burns off with no residue if used
As with all adhesive mediums in the enameling & the glass fusing
process I would imagine some experimentation would be necessary in
order to assess how much or little holding medium would produce the
proper effect. And that all holding mediums must probably be fully
dried before the firing/casting step. In the enameling process the
holding agents don’t seem to leave a residue negative to the kiln, I
would suppose that if you used a similar holding agent the kiln
would be safe.
I do have an issue of “Glass On Metal” Magazine, December 2000,
which has some pictures & a brief article on the technique, you can
see a picture of the issue & perhaps order it from Glass On Metal
http://www.glass-on-metal.com/current_issue/pastissues4.htm “Vol. 19,
No. 5, December 2000” "Pate-de-Verre - By Suzanne Stern"
Or order the issue & probably supplies & books about Pate-De-Verre
from Thompson Enamels: http://www.thompsonenamel.com/ 650 Colfax
Avenue Bellevue, KY 41073 USA P.O. Box 310 Newport, KY 41072
USA Phone (859) 291-3800
A link to a website which has some on books about
Pate-De-Verre is GlassLibrary.Com / Glass Craftsman page:
http://www.glasscraftsman.com/gl_list.aspx?subject=4 Some books on
the subject are profiled, including the book “Pate-De-Verre And Cast
Glass” by Dan Fenton & Jim Kervin. With text on complex glassworking
technique of pate de verre/kiln casting of glass.
http://www.glasscraftsman.com/gl_product.aspx?id=HOT100 And the
book: “The Art & Technique of Pate de Verre” Which details the tools
for pate de verre and offers instructions on basic and advanced
techniques for shaping, firing and finishing glass objects.
Two “papers” on the techniques used by separate individuals are
profiled on this website “Glass Australia” :
demonstrated his technique of Pate de verre using two slightly
kirks’ techniques in pate de verre…
Another website of interest is “The Magazine for Stained Glass and
Decorative Art Glass” :
And a site describing another Pate-De-Verre process is:
Additionally if you go to this link for eNAMEL Online Newsletter:
http://enews.heywoodenamels.com and in the “Google” search bar type
in “Pate-De-Verre” check www. you will find literally hundreds of
sites that have something to do with the technique… no doubt you
will find endless amounts of there.
2a. is there a source of supply for glass products suitable for
engraving the low intaglio reliefs for resille sur verre which
will survive the enameling furnace?
For some on “Enamel En Resille Sur Verre” / “Email En
Resille Sur Verre” you may also want to do a “Google” search for
supply sources, and “how to” articles, one place to start is in the
"Orchid Archives," there’s some on page link:
Perhaps books and supplies can be found at Thompson Enamel. Erica
Speel wrote about the technique in one of her books “Dictionary of
2b. how is the glass supported email en resille sur verre? Best
Possibly mica or ceramic firing paper could be used in the support
of the glass?
Coral at Enamelworks Supply Co. ( 1022 NE 68th St. Settle WA 98115
1-206-525-9271 call for a catalog) ( 1-800-596-3257 ordering only)
might have some supplies & books on the subjects.
Very best of luck with your projects!
Best Regards & Peace!