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January 2014 Kiln Carving Pattern

Fused Bottle Glass Heart

Sometimes, in the cold of winter, it’s hard to imagine a new year is right around the corner.  This kiln carving pattern marks the start of the third year of kiln carving patterns.  What started out as an experiment has turned into quite a ride!  Thanks for coming along and sharing pictures of your own creations with me.  If you’ve downloaded a pattern and used it, I would love to see it!

Today’s pattern is a Celtic Heart pattern, in plenty of time for Valentines Day.

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Step 1.  Cut a piece of fiber paper large enough to accommodate the whole piece of glass.  This pattern doesn’t have a border, so leave enough room for your glass to spread out.  Pin the paper pattern and the fiber paper to a cut proof surface.  I use cardboard.

Pattern and fiber paper

Step 2.  Using a sharp razor (carefully!) cut through the pattern and the fiber paper.  Remove all of the gray areas.  I like to cut through both layers, take off the paper and run my razor around the pattern again to make sure the fiber paper is completely cut.

Cutting a kiln carving pattern

When the pattern is completely cut out, discard the paper pattern, or use it as a template for another piece of fiber paper.

Heart Kiln Carving Pattern

Step 3.  Place the fiber paper on a prepared kiln shelf and add your glass.

Heart Kiln Carving Pattern

Step 4. Fire to a full fuse using my firing schedule, or whatever schedule works best for you.

Fused Bottle Glass

Step 5.  Drill a hole in the top of your glass for hanging.  You could also use this pattern for a recycled glass trinket box lid if you wanted an alternate project idea.

Fused Bottle Glass Heart