Snowman Fused Glass Ornaments
As the winter season is upon us, how about making some fused glass ornaments? Although these man-like sculptures are usually made out of snow we are going to make these out of glass. This is not your typical snowman that might be constructed by a child. These are the adult version of the snowy figures. Creating your own snowman is simple and you won’t get your hands cold.
These frosty beings are considered a symbol of winter and Christmas time. They adorn many Christmas cards with their bulky bodies.
Materials List:PatternCard stockPermanent markerBeeswax or Chap StickWhite glass Black glassOrange glass Glass line paint - BlackGlass sawGlass cleanerGlass gluePrepared kiln shelfKilnGlasses with IR and UV protectionTwo part EpoxyPin back
1. Print the body and hat pattern on some white Card Stock.
2. Using sharp scissors, cut out both designs.
3. Place the body pattern on the white glass and the hat pattern on the black glass. Trace around these patterns using a permanent marker. I usually use a black marker on the lighter glass, and a silver marker on the darker glass.
4. Be sure to cover all the markings with some beeswax or Chap Stick.
5. Use a glass saw to cut out your pieces. You will only need a little sliver of the orange for a nose.
6. Clean all the pieces with some alcohol-free glass cleaner or use some soap and water.
7. Allow the pieces to dry thoroughly.
8. Assemble the snowman on a prepared kiln shelf. First put down the body and using the Glassline paints, draw on some dots for the coal eyes and mouth. Use some of the glass glue to secure the hat on the edge of the head. Add the sliver of orange for a nose. Always hold each piece of glass by the edge. You don't want any oil fingerprints on your fused glass ornaments.
9. Once you have your pieces arranged, shut the kiln. Plug it in and turn it on to the highest setting.
10. Once your pieces have reached about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit take a peek at your piece wearing some glasses with IR and UV protection.
11. Once you have your desired look, turn off and unplug the kiln. You can do this if your kiln has thick fire brick walls. If your kiln is constructed with ceramic fiber, please keep the kiln on and monitor it so that it only cools off at about 300 degrees per hour.
12. Don’t open the kiln at all until it reaches below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature it is safe to open and observe the piece.
Usually the bodies are attired with wooden sticks for the arms, coal for the eyes and mouth and a carrot for the nose. These fused glass ornaments can have stringers for arms, and use some red glass to make an adorable red scarf around the neck.
If you are looking for more glass fusing ornaments, check out the
fused glass Christmas
page. Where you can find links to angels, candles, and even fused pins for Christmas trees.
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