Christmas Ornament Glass Fusing Project
This is a simple and easy Christmas ornament glass fusing bell project. These can be made up and used as a pin or an ornament. Bells are traditionally gold, but these can be made in any color you desire for your particular project.
Gather around all, I’m going to divulge a story of the Christmas bell. Bells have been associated with Christmas Day for a long time. Service in some churches begins Christmas Eve after sunset. The bells ring out for the first service of Christmas day. In some of these churches, it is a custom that the biggest bell is run four times in the hour before midnight and then all the bells in the church are run in celebration after midnight. In Victorian times, small hand bells were used when going caroling. And at times, they rung only the bells and didn’t sing.
Materials List:PatternCard stockPermanent markerBeeswax or Chap StickGlass for bellGlass for ringerScrap glass for accents (optional)
(optional)Glass sawGlass cleanerPrepared kiln shelfKilnGlasses with IR and UV protectionTwo part EpoxyPin back
1. Print the pattern on some card stock and cut out the design with scissors.
2. Using a permanent marker, trace the cut out pattern on glass. Apply beeswax or Chap Stick liberally to the images so that your drawings don’t disappear during the cutting process.
3. Cut out the pieces using a glass saw.
4. Use a glass cleaner or soap and water to clean all the pieces. Dry the pieces thoroughly.
5. Holding the pieces by the edge, assemble the design on a prepared kiln shelf. Prepare the kiln shelf with either kiln wash or kiln paper.
6. Turn on the kiln after closing up the unit. As fast as possible allow the pieces to heat up.
7. At approximately 1300 degrees Fahrenheit, peek at the pieces. Always wear some glasses with IR and UV protection when looking inside the hot kiln.
8. Once the desired look is achieved, turn off the kiln. These pieces are small and can be allowed to cool off just by turning off the kiln and unplugging the unit. If however your kiln is made of ceramic fiber then you will need to cool the pieces at no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. When the temperature of the kiln reads below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you can open the lid and observe the pieces.
It is fun decorating Christmas ornaments and these bells are no exception. Add some holly with its bright red berries to the bells to enhance the look. Decorate the fused glass ornaments with some frit or scrap glass. You can make these one of your scrap glass projects by making them out of scrap glass. Ring in the holidays with some Christmas ornament glass fusing projects.
To locate more Christmas ornament glass fusing projects, please check out the
Fused Glass Christmas
page. There are many more fused glass ornaments listed on that page with directions and patterns.
Christmas Bell Pattern
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