November’s kiln carving pattern is a cute wreath, sized specifically for bottle bottoms. It’s a quick and easy gift idea for friends and neighbors, and would look terrific in clear glass on a tree or in a window.
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Step 1. Cut a piece of fiber paper large enough to accommodate the whole pattern. You’ll want it to be larger than the pattern because there is no border on this one. Pin the pattern on top of the fiber paper on a cut proof surface. I use a sheet of cardboard.
Step 2. Carefully cut out all of the gray areas and the fiber paper underneath. I find it easier to cut the paper first and then go back and cut around the edges of the fiber paper again to reduce tears.
Step 3. After all of the pieces are cut out, discard the paper pattern and place the fiber paper on a prepared kiln shelf and add a cut bottle bottom (or other glass of your choice, of course).
Step 4. Fire to a full fuse. You can use my firing schedule, or the one that works best for you.
Step 5. After fusing, clean your ornament and drill a hole in the top.
See those little criss-cross marks around the edge? Those are punt marks from the bottom of the bottle. Pretty cool, eh? They don’t always stay visible when fused, but when they do it’s fun.