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June Kiln Carving Pattern

 

Kiln carving pattern Ivy

June’s free kiln carving pattern is a twisty ivy leaf.  This pattern is probably a bit more difficult than beginner level.  It has huge potential for green glass sun catchers, or dishes with ivy around the edge and on the bottom.  This pattern was inspired by the mass of ivy that I really need to remove from the wall in my garden.  It’s gorgeous, but kind of a pain. Continue reading June Kiln Carving Pattern

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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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April Kiln Carving Pattern

Recycled bottle glass kiln carving

Here at long last is the free kiln carving pattern for April!  Yay!  This pattern is specifically designed to work with bottle glass, being just the right width for a regular size bottle.  After downloading the pattern, follow these easy steps: Continue reading April Kiln Carving Pattern

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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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Kiln carving Pattern for December

Star Kiln carving Pattern
Kiln Carving Pattern for December

Here it is at long last, the first of the tutorials.  Thanks for waiting.  Really.  Thank you.

This star is approximately 6″ square, and can be used for a bunch of different things, you could bend it into a plate, drill holes for a hanging wire and put it in a window, cast it in a circle and put it on the Christmas Tree. If you want to slump it after kiln carving, use the suggested slumping schedule.

Wondering why my star is all yellow and funky?  I used low-E glass for this one.

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Kiln Carving Recycled Glass with Fiber Paper

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.

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Clear the Air Challenge Awards

Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to make the awards for the top three companies for the Clear the Air Challenge.

Step 1, Proposal:

The proposed award would be made with 3/8″ thick recycled glass bent into a gentle curve about 12″ wide by about 6″ high.  We would use the logo of the program and do a pseudo-screen print on the glass.  The winners names would be engraved on the front after the ceremony. Continue reading Clear the Air Challenge Awards