Man in the Moon with Stars Chime
I love making things like this for shows, they are fun to make and easy to gift (or sell).
1.5L cobalt blue bottle bottom
glass drill or dremel
clear glass beads
Flat blue bottle glass
Kilnwash the mold, add the cobalt bottle bottom and full fuse the bottle bottom on the Man in the Moon Mold. (In depth Bottle Bottom Fusing Tutorial here.)
Step 2 -Cut glass for small stars.
Start with flat blue bottle glass. Cut into a 2″ strip.
Cut the strip into 2″ x 1/4″ strips:
Step 3 – Assemble stars
Each star takes 5 strips of glass, so make sure you have 15 strips ready to go. I like to assemble the stars in batches, it makes it easier. I also assemble the stars on my workbench and then move them to the kiln when the glue is dry, much easier on the back!
These stars can be fused in the same firing as the Man in the Moon bottle bottom. Just put them on a prepared kiln shelf or shelf paper.
Step 4 – Drill holes in the Man in the Moon
Drill one hole in the top edge of the Man in the Moon for hanging, and 3 along the bottom where you would like the stars to hang.
Add the clear glass beads to the beading wire and crimp one end of each wire through each of the bottom holes on the moon.
Crimp the other end of the beaded wire to each star. If the small holes in the stars have fused closed, you may have to drill them out to fit accommodate the wire.
Add a loop of wire or monofiliment at the top for hanging and you’re done!