Fused Pins for Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Reindeer make fantastic fused pins for Christmas. And of course who is the most famous reindeer of all...Rudolph!
Rudolph is the most famous of Santa’s reindeer. He became popular in the Christmas story about good old Saint Nick. Rudolph is the ninth and lead reindeer who has a unique red colored nose that is powerful enough to enlighten the path for all the other reindeer on the stormy cold winter nights.
This delectable brooch with its bright shinny nose will draw attention from all the Rudolph fans. Having already shown these to some family members, my request file is growing just like Santa’s list. I know they will be a hit with your family and friends also.
Materials List:PatternCard stock
Permanent markerBeeswax or Chap StickBrown glass Black glassRed glass
Glass sawGlass cleanerPrepared kiln shelfKilnGlasses with IR and UV protectionTwo part EpoxyPin back
1. Print the head and antler pattern on some Card Stock.
2. Cut out both designs with scissors.
3. Place the head pattern on the brown glass and the antler pattern on the black glass. Trace around these patterns using a permanent marker.
4. Cover the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
5. Place glass on saw and cut around patterns.
6. Clean each piece of glass with glass cleaner or use some soap and water.
7. Dry the pieces using a lint free cloth.
8. Assemble the reindeer on your prepared kiln shelf. First put down the antlers and red tongue before placing the head. Arrange the eyes and nose. Be sure to hold each piece by the edge so you don’t leave any dirty finger marks.
9. Place shelf in kiln and turn on kiln.
10. Fire the pieces on the highest setting until it reaches approximately 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. This takes my kiln about an hour to reach this temperature. Each kiln is different, so watch your kiln and take notes..
11. Once your pieces have reached around 1300 degrees Fahrenheit take a look at them wearing glasses with IR and UV protection.
12. At this point, I can just turn off and unplug the kiln. Do this when your pieces have reached your desired look. If the kiln is made with dense fire bricks, it can be just unplugged and turned off, but if it is made out of ceramic fiber you will need to cool it at no more than about 300 degrees per hour.
13. When the temperature reaches below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you can safely open the lid and look at your pieces. They will still be too hot to hold, so be patient.
You can make these fused pins for Christmas as a distinctive indulgence for your loved ones. Hang them up for fused glass ornaments.
They would also be fantastic fused into a glass dish or platter. Make a set of dishes for each of your family members with a large Rudolph in the middle of each dish.
For more fused pins for Christmas be sure to 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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