Join Kim Brill to learn a quick tip on how to create your own custom stencils using thick sheets of stencil plastic from the hobby store and a hot knife. Then add convenient little handles with heavy paper and a glue gun, and you are ready for your powder! You can make wafers or sift designs directly onto your glass.

This method is far superior to cutting stencils with an X-acto knife. Your curved edges will be smooth. Your stencils will last a long time and they won't become bent or torn with multiple uses, as happens with paper stencils.

Included is a downloadable pdf file that contains links to the material and the knife tool. We've also included some clip art so you can practice your new hot knife skills! And there's a handy pattern for paper handles for the stencils.

We are proud to use Bullseye Glass for all of our tutorials and our personal work.

Hot Knife Stencils

Your Instructor: Kim Brill

Kim Brill has been making acclaimed kilnformed glass since 2005. A resident of Austin, TX, Kim teaches at Helios Kiln Glass Studio after a career as an art director and graphic designer. Her work has won an honorable mention at Bullseye's Emerge international juried competition, and has appeared in The Corning Museum of Glass international publication New Glass Review.

You can see her work at

Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions

Tracing the Pattern

Select a piece of artwork and trace to create your custom design.

Using a Hot Knife

Use a hot knife to cut through heavy plastic with ease.

Adding Handles

Add handles to make your stencil easier to use, eliminating sloppy edges.

This Course is Free