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There are a variety of ways to add print to glass. Some artists use decals, silkscreening, and more. These are some basic books to start learning about the processes:

Petrie, Kevin. Glass and print. London: A & C Black; Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. 128 p.  (Glass handbooks)  Note: Direct screenprinting, p.42-57; screenprinted transfers, pp. 58-68; integrated glass prints, pp. 74-78; printing from an etching plate onto glass, pp. 79-83; resists for sandblasting, pp. 84-95; resists for etching glass, pp. 96-103; photography and glass, pp. 104-109; digital and laser prints, pp. 110-112; ‘vitreography’ – printing from glass onto paper, pp. 113-117.  Chapters 1-3 provide introductory/preparatory material. <Location: Stacks TP863 .P49>

Wade, Kent E.  Alternative Photographic Processes: A Resource Manual for the Artist, Photographer, CraftspersonDobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan & Morgan, 1978.  "Photopresentation on Glass," pp. 37-52.    

Walker, Jody Danner. Printmaking techniques on glass. Clemmons, NC : Four Corners International, Inc., 2012. 240 p.       Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-237) and index. Location: Stacks TP863 .W17

I am sending a bibliography that includes some print resources. However, it needs updating - this is a popular idea and many new techniques have been developed. You may wish to search our online catalog.

Are you on Facebook? There is a Print and Glass group that has the latest information about the topic:

Search the web and YouTube for "how to put pictures on glass," "photo transfer to glass," "photos on glass" (and variations) to see additional possibilities.

Amazon and other online stores sell books like this one that discuss photo transfer (some using specialized paper/decals): 

Create with Transfer Artist Paper: Use TAP to Transfer Any Image onto Fabric, Paper, Wood, Glass, Metal, Clay & More! by Lesley Riley

Transfer: Images on Glass, Fabric, Ceramic, Stone, Paper, Metal, Plastic and Wood  by Isabel De Cordova

They are not part of the library's collection, so I have not seen them, but they are widely distributed.

For books and articles in the library's collection, if you wish to obtain copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Your library can contact us through OCLC or they may send an Interlibrary Loan form to us by e-mail. We send copies of articles and will also loan certain books if a second copy is available in the library collection. Books are loaned for a four week period. For further information, please see our web page:

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