Cupid, the Latin word is Cupido and means desire, is a recognizable figure for Valentine’s Day. With angelic wings on his nude body, he stands tall pulling back his bow filled with a love dart. He is ready to shoot this dart into the heart of an unsuspecting individual to inspire and arouse romantic love.
This silhouetted figure is etched into dichroic to make a bold statement. The dichroic glass has a black background and then the piece is capped with clear glass. Placing a clear cap on the piece gives it dimension and depth.
Materials:PatternDichroic glassClear glassGlass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawDremel drill with diamond bitFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
1. Select the desired dichroic glass and clear glass. Cut each piece to the size and shape wanted.
2. Print the design on cardstock and cut out the pattern.
3. Position the cardstock stencil on the proper pre-cut dichroic glass
4. Use the Dremel and diamond bit drill to etch around the figure.
5. Wash with dish soap and rinse in plain water or employ glass cleaner to eliminate the residue. Dry the objects.
5. Put together the portions on a primed kiln ledge and put the shelf in the unit. Always hold the glass by the side to avert fingerprints.
6. Close up the top or door. Switch on the unit.
7. Look at the project at close to 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When looking at your projects put on glasses with IR and UV protection.
8. When the project possesses your required look, switch off and unplug the unit. If the unit is built with heavy fire bricks, you can let it cool off by itself. If however it is constructed with ceramic fiber, the unit must be left on and supervised so that it does not cool off more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.
9. Once the pyrometer falls beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven may be opened.
10. Once the piece has cooled down to room temperature, you can add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.
Return from this page to one of the following pages:
Valentines Day Pins
Cupid to Glass Fusing Made Easy
Fused Glass Patterns