January’s kiln carving pattern is brought to us by happy thoughts of spring and a new year. This pattern was inspired by some lovely wrought iron railing here in Salt Lake City that I ran across recently. It much simplified, of course, but I do love the way it turned out. (more…)
There are probably any number of ways to make a kiln carving pattern, but I’m fond of the way I do it, so that’s the one I use.
Determine final pattern size. I like to keep things under 6″ x 6″ (15 cm x 15 cm) for flat glass. For bottle glass, I try to keep things within 4.5″ (11.4 cm) wide because that’s how wide a regular wine bottle is when you melt it flat. The patterns can be printed at different % for larger or smaller projects.
Learning to use bottle glass to produce glass art is a really great idea. Not only because there are a ton of projects that can be made, but it’s fun! Because bottles are relatively abundant, there’s less pressure to be perfect. Being able to start over with minimal expense is a great way to get over the new project jitters and branch out.