Well, we’ve been doing kiln carving patterns together for a long time now, I thought it might be fun to switch it up and make a pattern that is a slightly different shape and can be used in many different ways.
Step 1 – Download the pattern
Download the pattern from the online store. No credit card is required, simply enter your information, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a link for a downloadable file.
Step 2 – Creating the stencil
Print the pattern and carefully cut out the gray areas to make a stencil.
Step 3 – Measuring the fiber paper
The first project we will be doing with this pattern is a flattened bottle with a raised border. I’m using a red wine bottle that is dark green. For this step, you will need the appropriate bottle template to match your bottle, and enough fiber paper to accommodate the project. Trace the bottle template on the fiber paper, but don’t cut it out.
Step 4 – Adding the pattern
Position the border stencil on the fiber paper so it is centered on the neck of the bottle tracing. Trace as much of the border as desired.
Continue tracing the border pattern around the edge of the drawn on bottle.
Step 5 – Cutting the fiber paper
Place your fiber paper on a cut proof surface and carefully cut out the border pattern using a sharp razor knife (carefully!) I use cardboard and a razor knife with snap off style blades so I always have a sharp blade.
When the entire pattern is cut out, trim the fiber paper to about an inch outside the bottle outline all the way around.
Step 6 – Fusing the project
Place the pattern on a prepared kiln shelf and place your clean bottle on top, centering it on the bottle outline.
Fire to a full fuse using the firing schedule for 1/4″ glass.
Step 7 – Finishing
After the firing is complete and your kiln has cooled to room temperature, remove the bottle, peel the fiber paper off, clean it thoroughly and maybe even add some rubber feet. Pretty cool project!