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July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Snail Kiln Carving Pattern

Believe it or not, we have big old garden snails in Utah.  Despite being all hot and dry.  I’ve heard that they are the kind of snails that are used for escargot.  There are certainly enough around, but I’ve never worked myself up to try eating them!  This kiln carving pattern is fairly straight forward, but does require some care due to all of the thin pieces of fiber paper that have to remain.

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1.  Download the pattern using the link at the bottom of this page.  (no credit card necessary)  Print page 1 and find a piece of fiber paper large enough to accommodate the pattern.  Pin down securely on a cut proof surface.

Pin the kiln carving pattern

2.  Carefully cut out all of the gray areas and discard.  A very sharp blade works best, I traded out blades several times for this pattern.

Cutting the kiln carving pattern

3.  Once all of the gray areas are removed, remove the paper pattern and place the fiber paper on a prepared kiln shelf.  Fire to a full fuse.

finished kiln carving pattern

Fusing the kiln carving pattern

This pattern would be really great for some tongue in cheek garden art!