1. SilkeMatä is a NON-CARCINOGENIC material and can be cut and handled with minimal
concern. See the MSDS sheet for more information,
2. It is recommended to prefire SilkeMatä to 1450F for 15-20 min to burn out moisture.
There are no organics to burn off, but moisture and a small amount of residual oil
from the rollers may be evident. Vent your kiln accordingly.
3. PLEASE NOTE: IF RIGIDIZING, YOU MAY SKIP THE PRE-FIRE INSTRUCTIONS.
4. SilkeMatä will shrink slightly the first firing, but should not change upon subsequent
5. Once fired, you will notice that SilkeMatä becomes slightly stiffer, rather than
softer like other fiber materials. This also allows it to hold a form longer.
6. SilkeMat can be laser-cut and/or hand cut for kiln carving projects. The fabric
cuts cleanly for a crisp edge and can be fired multiple times with no degeneration.
7. SilkeMatä may be rigidized with SilkeMatä Rigidizer, but care should be taken
when sanding down a flat piece, using a good dust mask.
8. A rigidized board may be coated with kilnwash or a high-quality boron nitride
spray to avoid any sticking issue due to the rigidizer. However, we have found even
pot melt glass usually pops out with little to no damage to the mold.
9. SilkeMatä may be molded without rigidizing. It has a memory for soft forming and
will hold that form for many subsequent firings.
10. Float Glass has not been found to stick to SilkeMatä at normal temperatures,
even with multiple firings. However, softer glasses (COE 90 & 96) & opaque glasses
are more stubborn at full-fuse temperatures, although residual fibers can be removed
with a brush. Coating the unrigidized blanket with boron nitride has not appeared
to prevent sticking, so use caution accordingly. However, a light dusting of dry
kilnwash on the pre-fired SilkeMatä has been an effective separator when being used
as a firing surface.
11. When using SilkeMatä for slumping molds, it has not been necessary to do any
preparation other than prefiring. You can shape and prefire at the same time. And
all glasses tested, released smoothly with no clouding at slumping temperatures even
when the interior has been left unrigidized.
12. If rigidizing and using as a pot melt or vitrigraph mold, firing to 1600F for
an hour has been sufficient to create a nice melt, and the residual glass usually
pops out with little damage to the mold.
13. We have found the ¼” thickness is quite sufficient for all applications above
with little, if any, degradation upon multiple firings.
CUSTOM SIZES AVAILABLE. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES
TO BE ADDED.