Fusing Tips

Fusing is an essential technique for creating a long-lasting encaustic painting and enamel-like smooth, shiny surfaces. Fusing describes the process of gently melting each layer of paint that is applied, ensuring that it is properly adhered to the layer beneath it.

As you apply layers of paint to your support you will want to fuse (or re-heat) each and every layer to ensure that it is adhered to your ground or substrate.  It is important to fuse between layers to prevent them from separating. 

Fusing Tips

•  As you practice fusing you will notice that when the paint begins to glisten or shine that is when it is becoming molten again. 

•  The cooler a paint has been applied the more thoroughly it should be fused, and visa versa.

•  A slow thorough fusing will result in a smooth enamel-like surface.

•  If you see air bubbles in the surface of your paint a light fusing with your heat gun’s hot air directed at an angle will help to get rid of them.

•  Use torches and heat guns to your advantage. Not only are they for fusing, but they can also be used to move and manipulate the paint and create a wide variety of effects that cannot be achieved with a brush.