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March 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Shamrock Kiln CarvingIt’s been a long cold winter here in Salt Lake City, then, suddenly, it’s SPRING!  Ah well, I daresay it will snow soon.  For the kiln carving pattern this month, we’re going to kick things up a notch and make the pattern a little more complex.  There are lots of photos and I’m sure you all will have no trouble whatsoever!

Step 1:

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Step 2:

Kiln Carving Pattern - Step 2Carefully cut out the shaded gray shamrocks with a sharp X-acto knife or razor blade.  I use a new blade for each new project.  Set aside the cut out shamrocks for use later.

Step 3:

March13KCP3Cut out the border of the pattern, and poke holes through the paper to mark where the X’s are.

Step 4:

Kiln Carving Pattern Step 4Place the cut out shamrocks on the dots.  There is a little wiggle room, so arrange them in a way that is pleasing to your eye.  I’ve flipped mine over so they have a rougher texture than the rest of the fiber paper and the cut out shamrocks.

Step 5:

Kiln Carving Pattern Step 5Cut glass to fit over the pattern, or, prepare a bottle that will cover the kiln carving pattern (a magnum wine bottle would do).  Fire to a full fuse.

Step 6:

Kiln Carving Pattern Step 6 Kiln Carving Pattern Step 6bRemove both layers of fiber paper and clean thoroughly.  This piece is now ready for slumping or for drilling and hanging!  Happy St. Patrick’s day!