4th of July Hat
On this page, we will be constructing a 4th of July hat. It's difficult to expand on Independence Day traditions, like a shooting firework or the wearing of a 4th of July hat. I couldn’t resist coming up with this Uncle Sam hat.
The traditional colors of red white and blue just seem appropriate for a patriotic hat pin idea. Of course they could be made in other colors for different holidays, but this one is for the Independence Day celebration and therefore it is constructed with the traditional colors.
Hopefully this patriotic pin design will inspire you to make these for all of your friends and family, or adorn your own outfit with these themed hats.
MaterialsRed glassWhite glassBlue glassPermanent MarkerBeeswax or Chap StickGlass sawSoap and water or glass cleanerKilnPrepared Kiln ShelfGlasses with IR and UV protection.
1. Trace and cut out the guide.
2. Set the paper pieces on the proper colorful glass and copy around the design with a permanent marker. Generously envelop the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is desirable to cut out the pattern. Make a point of cutting close to the outline to retain the form and all the precise particulars.
4. Launder the glass pieces with dish soap and dip in plain water or employ glass cleaner to take away all design and residue. Always use a lint free towel to dry all the items.
5. Arrange the sections on a prepared kiln shelf and pose the shelf inside the unit. At all times hold the glass by the border to avoid fingerprints.
6. Close up the lid or door. Activate the kiln.
7. View the piece at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When peeping at your pieces have on glasses with IR and UV shield.
8. Once the piece has your required appearance, turn off and disconnect the kiln. If the unit is made with dense fire bricks, you can let it cool down on its own. If however it is constructed with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be left on and observed so that it doesn’t cool off any more than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. Once the pyrometer drops below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven may be opened.
10. Once the fused piece has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back. Stick on the pin back with a two part epoxy.
Patriotic Hat Pattern
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4th of July Hat to Glass Fusing Made Easy
Fused Glass Patterns