Acorn Cluster

This acorn cluster is a fall design that is perfect for the crisp holiday of Thanksgiving. As the hard seeds begin to cling to the oak trees their rustic grouping reminds us of this time of the year.

Since the leathery shell and cup-shaped cupule are both brown, try using a couple of different shades to distinguish between the two pieces. Add some other color to complement the brown seed and green leaves.

Realistic acorns take about six to twenty-four months to mature, while these pieces can be accomplished in just a day. Turn them into adorable pins or make them an addition to one of your Thanksgiving fused pieces.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Tan cupule glass
  • Brown cap glass
  • Various colors of glass for leaves
  • Dots
  • Glass cleaner of choice
  • Chap Stick or Beeswax
  • Glass saw
  • Fiber Paper
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back


  • Directions:

    1. Draw and cut out the model.

    2. Put the members on the proper tint glass and draw near the shape with a permanent pen. Liberally plaster the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is required to cut out the shape. Cut near the shape to retain the outline and all the small fine points.

    4. Sponge down with dish soap and bathe in clean water or employ glass cleaner to get rid of any pen marks and residue. Using a lint free towel, dry the pieces.

    5. Place the pieces on a prepared kiln ledge and put the shelf inside the unit. At all times grasp the glass by the border to avoid fingerprints.

    6. Close the top or access. Activate the kiln.

    7. Examine the task at around 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever glancing at your fused glass have on glasses with IR and UV protection.

    8. Once the piece possesses your sought look, shut down and unplug the kiln. If the unit is built with heavy fire bricks, you can allow it to cool off on its own. On the other hand if it is built with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be left on and supervised so that it does not cool down more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    9. When the temperature drops below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.

    10. As soon as the fused piece has cooled to room temperature, you can add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.



    Acorn Cluster Pattern

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