December is the busiest month of the year in my studio, and then all at once, it’s quiet. Which means there is finally time to make new designs and do fun stuff instead of production work. This ornament pattern is quick and easy, so much so, the original is hanging on my tree at this moment! Continue reading December 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
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. Continue reading November 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Amazingly enough, we are roaring up on the end of the second year of monthly free kiln carving patterns. When I started this project I had no idea that it would end up being such a popular thing. Thanks for downloading and making projects, it’s great to hear about your experiences and see photos of your work. Continue reading October 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Lots of readers send me their questions directly, but there are a whole host of questions that get asked anonymously. One tool that I use to help decide what to write about is Google Keyword Search statistics. Now, alas, Google is discontinuing the service, so as a tribute and a farewell, I’m pulling questions from the Keyword Searches and answering them here:
- Q: how to cut a wine bottle with a tile saw
- A: It’s amazing how many times this one comes up in searches. I have a couple of videos about cutting bottles with a tile saw, but I think people need to see it a bunch of times before they feel comfortable giving it a go. The basic things to remember are: go slow, use lots of water, and the quality of the blade is critical. Continue reading Q & A Monday 9/30/13
As I know you have all been waiting so terribly patiently, here is the kiln carving pattern for September 2013. This is a versatile pattern with four different pumpkin/Jack O’lantern designs. You could use them in a square like I did, or put one each under four different projects. Bottle bottoms are the perfect size and you could make four different suncatchers with the same pattern. Continue reading September 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Here it is at long last, the reader selected kiln carving pattern! And just see if I ever let you guys pick the pattern again, this one was HARD! It is a bas-relief pattern, meaning that the pattern is raised into the glass and you look at it from the flat side (similar to the sea turtle in June). Continue reading August 2013 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
June’s kiln carving pattern is one of my favorites. When we were SCUBA diving in Roatan, there were sea turtles and they are fascinating! I could have watched them all day. This is also the most complex kiln carving pattern that I’ve made for download with 13 individual pieces. Not to worry, you can do it! Continue reading June 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
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?
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