The free pattern for October is this adorable little gecko, he’s perfectly sized for a 750 mL bottle. You could also add a friend and use multiple geckos on a larger project. Continue reading October 2014 Free 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. Continue reading July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Wow, time flies, here we are in April already. I spent last week participating in a grueling Fine Art show called Art & Soup. I was able to show and get lots of good feedback on a new series of recycled pate de verre panels, which I’ll be sharing in the next weeks. But, for now, onward to the Questions and Answers! These are all reader questions that I am reposting here in case anyone else has the same questions. Reader details have been omitted for privacy. If you submitted one of these questions and want attribution and a back link, please let me know.
- Q: I just got a kiln, I carefully researched and researched and finally bought one, a small one for glass 8×8, figured it would be a good beginners kiln. It comes with a digital pyrometer. When I was shopping around and contacting numerous kiln outlets, one of the places told me I needed to have a device for controlling temperatures. But they were at least $200 more. They warned me if I didn’t get one of these I would “have to babysit the kiln.” Well, I thought, so? I have to babysit the dishwasher or else it overflows, there’s a lot of things in my life I have to babysit, what’s one more thing? I finally found your website because using recycled glass is the goal and I’ve been saving bottles and jars and broken dishes for almost a year while I saved up for my kiln. So I get my kiln and I’m reading your information and I was, to put it mildly, shocked!! I’m figuring out how to read the ramp time information and looking at two of your ramp times one was 13.5 hours and one was 22.5 hours. Maybe I’m still not reading these right, but still, I thought babysitting would be and hour or 2 or 3. As I work full time I have maybe 2 hours at night and then the weekends I’m out running to complete errands or other events and having to be home monitoring the kiln for 12+ hours is not possible. So my kiln sits by the box it came in, unused, for almost 3 week nows. I figure there’s 2 solutions. (well, maybe 3, if one of them is that I’m totally not reading the ramp info properly) 1. Find projects that will only need to be fired for a few hours. 2. Bite the proverbial bullet and buy a controller unit. http://www.skutt.com/glass/products/GM-2LTcontroller.php That’s another $400. Or I could try and find a used kiln that has a controller. That of course could take forever. Man!! live and learn. Do you have any suggestions regarding Solution #1 (projects with a short fire time) or any of the rest? Thank you so much. I love your site!! I’m completely inspired. Continue reading Q & A Monday, 4/8/2013
Happy St. Patrick’s day! In honor of my family heritage (you did see the McRaney up there, didn’t you?), here is the free kiln carving pattern for March. This pattern is slightly more difficult to cut than the pattern for January, but still quite straightforward.
1. Cut a piece of fiber paper big enough for the pattern.
I used 1/32″ fiber paper for this particular project. Tack the pattern over the fiber paper through the black tack dots.
Every now and then I get a wild hair and decide to do something big and bold. What better way to test my boundaries than with a gigantic kiln carving? This piece was created for the Nature of Sustainable Art show at Red Butte Garden that is up through the end of February.
Kiln carving is another really versatile way to add texture and design to recycled glass artwork. Kiln carving refers to “carving” in the glass that takes place in the kiln during a firing cycle. Kiln carving utilizes fiber paper to make the actual design.
Fiber paper is a refractory material, looks much like paper toweling of felt, and is made from ceramic fiber with an organic sugar binder. This means it will smell funny when the binder burns off, I suggest venting the kiln to the outside if possible.
Fiber paper can be cut into shapes with scissors or with an X-acto knife, then placed under the glass and fused. I like to put the fiber paper in the mold, fire the glass using a full fuse schedule, but with a top temperature of 1485 (top fire) or 1500 (side fire). This gives you enough heat to full fuse, without slumping too far, and gives a nice finish on the edge.