Cleaning Up Thinfire Fiber Paper
Although Bullseye's "thinfire" paper is not considered hazardous,
the residue from firing creates a nuisance dust that can be
irritating to some. Sweeping up the dust is generally not a
good idea because the dust becomes airborne and can contaminate
other surfaces and items in your studio.
So instead of sweeping the dust, try using a damp paper towel to
clean up the worst of the residue. Then simply toss it into
Another option is to use a vacuum cleaner to remove the small
particles. This will work well, but it's best to use a vacuum
that has been fitted with a HEPA filter. Don't forget to take
care when emptying the vacuum so as not to spill the dust or cause
it to become airborne.
And one final option is to place the kiln shelf (used "thinfire"
and all) into a bin of water. The particles will lift off the
shelf and dissolve into a slurry that can be scooped out into
newspapers and discarded.
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
Thanks to Greg Rawls and other
Warm Glass posters for passing on these