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Kiln Carving Pattern April 2013

Duckling kiln carving

Free Kiln Carving Pattern for April

It may not look like it from the picture, but it has been a pretty rainy April so far here in Utah.  Even the ducks are tired of the rain.  This cute ducky kiln carving pattern brightens things up though.  Who doesn’t love ducklings?

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November Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving Bottle Glass

November’s kiln carving pattern is an abstract pattern of dots in a circle that is specially sized to fit the bottom of a large bottle.  This one is the bottom of a pickle bottle. Continue reading November Kiln Carving Pattern

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October Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving patter with Zombies

October’s kiln carving pattern is sheer fun.  Zombies are always a source of entertainment around here, from the informal competition to tell the WORST zombie joke ever to mock brain eating’s.  I’ve taken it one step further and designed a kiln carving just for Zombie Lovers. Continue reading October Kiln Carving Pattern

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Making a Triangle Glass Bead Mold

Triangle Beads - recycled glass

I’ve always loved beads.  In fact, I’m mildly obsessed with beads after taking a bead making class last year.  So, I tried a little experiment.  Could I quickly and easily make a mold to make fused triangle shaped beads? Continue reading Making a Triangle Glass Bead Mold

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May Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving Pattern for Recycled Glass

The free Kiln Carving Pattern for May is a beginner level design, perfect for anyone who wants to try kiln carving but isn’t sure where to start! After you’ve downloaded the pattern, follow these easy steps and you’ll have a lovely kiln carved flower in no time flat.

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Hawthorne ELP Artist in Residency

In just two weeks I will be starting a project that I’ve never done before.  I have been offered the Artist in Residency at Hawthorne Elementary in Salt Lake City.  The school has 250 kids, grades K-6.  I usually teach just one class of kids at a time, so expanding to include 7 classes of varying age and ability of kids has been very exciting.

The theme of the residency is Using Glass Art to tell the Story of YOU.  Each of the four projects that we will be doing will tell some part of what is unique about each persons life.  Three of the projects will be recycled glass, one will be fused art glass.

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Kiln Carving Pattern for March

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.

March Kiln Carving Step 1

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Stacking and Tack Fusing Recycled Glass

When creating glass artwork with recycled glass, color play often isn’t an option.  By stacking and tack fusing, you can create visual interest.  Using ‘white space’ in conjunction to ‘stack and tack’ gives you a huge variety of options.

For example:

Space Between - Tack Fused Recycled Glass Vessel
"Space Between"

This piece is a large circular vessel.  After cutting the circle, a 1″ wide strip was removed from the inside (drawing a square within the circle).  Then squares of the same sheet of float glass were stacked over the gap and tack fused.

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Epic Kiln Carving

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 carved cranes
Spoonbill cranes for kiln carved recycled glass panel.

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