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November 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Fused Recycled glass wreath ornament

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

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June 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Sea Turtle Kiln Carving

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

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May 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving Pattern May FlowersHere’s a quirky follow up to our April Showers Kiln carving pattern.  Because what naturally follows April Showers??  May Flowers of course!

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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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March 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Shamrock Kiln CarvingIt’s been a long cold winter here in Salt Lake City, then, suddenly, it’s SPRING!  Ah well, I daresay it will snow soon.  For the kiln carving pattern this month, we’re going to kick things up a notch and make the pattern a little more complex.  There are lots of photos and I’m sure you all will have no trouble whatsoever! Continue reading March 2013 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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How to make a Kiln Carving Pattern

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.

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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.

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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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