being being asked by a customer about the heat activated mosaic glue
sheets, we tried them with “glass on glass” using the GNA restover
restoration glass & glass tiles. These were heated both by the heat
gun & your “patented heater” & both resulted in moderate to
poor adhesion with the back glass being cracked all 3 times….. We’ve
gone back to using the old standard “Weldbond”. Neither of these were
more than 2 ft sq in surface area. Is this a common thing? I am
reluctant to push this product after my bad luck, any suggestions?
|14″ round Glass on Glass (GOG) mosaic created with stained glass on recycled window glass
with No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive. The edge of the glass base was wrapped with
zinc edge came and soldered together with wire hangers.
I’m sorry to hear that you’re
having problems with the adhesive on glass on glass (GOG) mosaics. Since it is a heat set
adhesive, using the adhesive on larger sheets of glass can result in
cracking with uneven heating. Glass can thermal shock and crack if
different parts of the window are heated too quickly. I’ve attached a
photo of one of the GOG mosaics that I’ve been working on lately. These
are 14″ round on plate glass (recycled window panes). To heat these, I
bring the whole thing up to temperature in the kiln or oven before
heating with a heat gun. This ensures that the glass is all the same
temperature and evenly heated. In the oven, I’ll set the temperature to
200 degrees and put the piece in while the oven is room temp. 10-15
minutes later, I can remove it to an insulated work surface (I use
homosote board) and continue to heat with a heat gun to move my pieces
into place and push down on them to ensure good contact with the plate
glass below. (In the kiln, I set the temp a bit higher so I don’t have
to wait so long. The kiln shelves steal a lot of the heat away from the
I’m curious to know if the curing station that you’re
using is as big as the glass you’re building on. If it is, you shouldn’t
be having problems. However, if it doesn’t cover the whole piece of
glass, then I could see it thermal shocking. Also, what kind of surface
are you heating on?
I’ve linked to the following blog post in
hopes of addressing your other issue of poor adhesion. If the pieces of
glass that you’re working with have lots of texture, then there may be
few points of adhesion. The surface area of the pieces that are actually
adhered may be too small. Also, if the base piece of glass doesn’t
reach 160ºF (70ºC), then that would result in pop-offs, as well.
Let me know if it doesn’t make sense.
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