Gracefully Elegant Butterflies

Glass butterflies can be created in such a variety of sizes and a rainbow of colors.

These insects are not only known for their beauty, but for their gentle elegant nature.

Who doesn’t stop and observe these beautiful creatures as they glide gracefully through the air?

Not to be confused with common moths, these moth-like creatures are spectacular in color and grace.

This glass pin will beautifully grace any article of clothing.

The pattern for making this particular pin is located at the bottom of this page and does require the use of a glass saw to retain the details of the piece.

Materials

  • Body glass
  • Wing glass
  • Permanent Marker
  • Beeswax or Chap Stick
  • Glass saw
  • Soap and water or glass cleaner
  • Kiln
  • Prepared Kiln Shelf
  • Glasses with IR and UV protection.
  • Directions

    1. Copy and cut the model.

    2. Situate the sections on the appropriate tint glass and trace about the model with a permanent marker. Liberally protect the traced design with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. Determine what colors are going to be used for the body and wings. A glass saw is required to cut the design. Make a point of cutting on the outline to maintain the form and all the minute particulars.

    4. Clean with soap and soak in clear water or use glass cleaner to eliminate any design and residue. Use a lint free towel to dry the objects.

    5. Place the portions on a prepared kiln shelf and place the shelf inside the kiln. At all times grasp the glass by the edge to avoid fingerprints.

    6. Close up the lid or door. Start the oven.

    7. Monitor the project at around 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When peeping at your fused glass put on glasses with IR and UV protection.

    8. As soon as the project possesses the sought after look, turn off and disconnect the kiln. If the kiln is constructed with thick fire bricks, you can allow it to cool down by it’s self. If however it is made with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be kept on and observed so that it doesn’t cool down more than in the region of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.

    9. As soon as the pyrometer goes down under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven may be opened.

    10. After the fused piece has cooled to room temperature, you can add a brooch back. Adhere the brooch back with a two part epoxy.

    Wire can be used to add an antenna to the fused piece.

    This can be fused along with the pieces, or added after firing by gluing the wire to the glass with a two part epoxy.

    If you do a search on the internet you will observe the spectacular beauty of these insects.

    When searching for these insects, be sure that you spell the plural correctly.

    Sometimes the plural of this insect is misspelled as butterflys, but the word is actually spelled butterflies.



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