Originally the graduation diploma was made from a paper-thin sheepskin. They were hand-written, rolled up in a scroll and tied with a ribbon. Today, these diplomas or academic degrees are usually handed out during the graduation in and envelope or leather binder.
This particular design is based on the rolled version of this parchment. Since you can’t roll up a sheet of glass like a scroll, use Glassline paints to add the details before firing the piece. They can also be fired and then the details added using Pebeo Vitrea paints. These of course would need to be cured in a conventional oven to ensure that the images won’t wear off over time.
Materials:PatternDiploma glassRibbon glassGlassline Paints for accents Glass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
1. Copy and cut out the pattern.
2. Situate the members on the right tint glass and copy near the design with a permanent pen. Liberally cover up the traced design with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is needed to cut out the outline. Follow close to the shape to keep the form and all the tiny fine points.
4. Launder with soap and dip in plain water or employ glass cleaner to strip off all markings and scum. Using a lint free towel, dry the items.
5. Use Glassline paints to add any details. Allow the paint to dry completely before firing the piece.
6. Arrange the portions on a set up kiln shelf and place the shelf in the kiln. Always grip the glass by the border to avoid fingerprints.
7. Close the lid or door. Switch on the oven.
8. Observe the task at about 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. While gazing at your pieces wear glasses with IR and UV shield.
9. As soon as the project has your required appearance, shut down and disconnect the kiln. If the kiln is assembled with dense fire bricks, you can let it cool off by it’s self. On the other hand if it is constructed with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be left on and checked so that it does not cool down any more than just about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
10. When the temperature falls under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln may be opened.
11. As soon as the fused piece has cooled down to room temperature, add a brooch back. Adhere the brooch back with a two part epoxy.
Graduation Diploma Pattern
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