Here are some tips on fusing leaves between layers of glass:
1. Simply placing a leaf between two layers and glass
and fusing will sometimes result in a "ghost image" that's trapped
between the layers. However, this approach is not always
predictable, and it does tend to trap air bubbles so firing with a
bubble soak is advisable.
2. Both dried leaves and fresh leaves can be fired, but
dried leaves will tend to work best.
3. If you do use green leaves or thicker leaves with
significant amounts of organic matter, it's a good idea to soak for
a while at around 900-1000F (480 to 540C). This allows the organic
material to burn off so that the leaf dries out. (Soaking at a
lower temperature can also work, but soaking at a higher temperature may not work because the edges of the glass can
seal before the organic material escapes.)
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