The square graduation cap is often called a mortarboard or academic cap. Worn during the graduation celebration, it is usually colored in the appropriate school colors. It is a hat or head dress that has a square board attached to a skull-cap. Hanging to one side and attached to the top of the piece is a tassel that is turned at the end of the ceremony.
The square cap and a gown are the customary uniform of graduation ceremonies. Make these out of the appropriate school colors for your particular graduate. They can be designed as pins, or fused into any other project.
Materials:PatternCap glassTassel glass
Glass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
1. Sketch and cut out the design.
2. Place the paper pieces on the correct colorful glass and trace near the stencil with a permanent marker. Generously cover the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is needed to cut out the design. Cut near the line to keep the form and all the precise details.
4. Clean with dish soap and dip in plain water or employ glass cleaner to strip off all design and scum. Dry the pieces.
5. Position the pieces on a prepared kiln shelf and arrange the shelf within the unit. Always grasp the glass by the rim to prevent fingerprints. Add a pre-fused dot at the top of the tassle.
6. Close up the lid or access. Switch on the oven.
7. Look at the project at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When peeking at your hot glass have on glasses with IR and UV shield.
8. Once the project possesses your required look, switch off and disconnect the kiln. If the unit is manufactured with heavy fire bricks, you can let it cool off on its own. If however it is created with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be left on and monitored so that it does not cool off any more than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.
9. Once the pyrometer drops lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln can be opened.
10. After the fused piece has cooled to room temperature, add a brooch back. Hold on the brooch back with a two part epoxy.
Graduation Cap Pattern
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