As I’ve been playing with glass enamels lately – and seeing how they work with oils vs. water mediums – I had the ‘opportunity’ to work with lavender and clove oil. They sound pleasant, don’t they? Or at least harmless and aromatic. Ummm … NOT! That clove oil stunk. It stunk BAD. Like air-out-the-studio-for-2-days-and-I-could-still-smell-it BAD! So, I started researching – because the idea of using that clove oil again had me just a tad nauseous. Why these stinky oils? Why not something bland and boring, like vegetable oil? Corn oil? Maybe even peanut oil? Tanning oil? What about motor oil? I couldn’t find ANY info. So, I asked one of the fusing forums. While no one addressed vegetable oils specifically, the thought was that the bland oils would be too flammable. Hmmm. Yeah, maybe … but that clove oil really stinks! So – I tried the vegetable oil. Not super thick, just enough to give the enamel some ‘character’. Outside of the trapped air bubbles within the fused cab (USER ERROR!!!) … I like it!
In the meantime, I also discovered pine oil/squeegee oil/A8. Which IS safe for fusing, and smells better. (Not great, but tolerable.)
And, I’m moving along with my decal experiments. These are three different color profile/printer settings (default, my specific profile and one I’m “not supposed to use”) … Mmhmm! The next round of experiments are in the kiln now…
Time for a bit of sunshine –”Of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam.”