Laced Heart

Laced up tight and proper, this dressed up heart is a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Give this to your friends when you want to say “Will you be my Valentine”.

The criss-cross pattern reminds me of an old fashioned girdle with its zigzag pattern. The strings can be made using stringers or Glassline paint. I have used black to add a contrasting secondary band of color, but as with all the patterns, the color can be changed to your desired hue.

There are dots used to indicate the brackets that the strings are strung through. Be sure you have plenty of dots on hand before beginning the project.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Heart glass
  • Stringers or Glassline paint
  • Dots
  • Glass cleaner of choice
  • Chap Stick or Beeswax
  • Glass saw
  • Fiber Paper
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back


  • Directions:

    1. Trace and using scissors cut the heart stencil.

    2. Rest the member on the correct tint glass and copy near the shape with a permanent marker. Generously coat the drawing with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is needed to cut the design. Follow near the outline to retain the figure and all the minute details.

    4. Launder the heart with dish soap and bathe in clean water or use glass cleaner to get rid of any markings and scum. Air dry the pieces.

    5. Use stringers or Glassline paints to add the lace to the heart. Unscented hairspray is ideal to secure and hold the stringers. If using Glassline paints, be sure to allow the paint to dry before fusing.

    6. Arrange the portions on a primed kiln shelf and pose the shelf inside the unit. At all times hold the glass by the rim to avert fingerprints.

    7. Add dots to the tips of the lace.

    8. Shut the lid or door. Activate the unit.

    9. Look at the project at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When glimpsing at your hot glass wear glasses with IR and UV shield.

    10. When the glass has your sought look, turn off and unplug the unit. If the unit is constructed with thick fire bricks, you can allow it to cool down by it’s self. On the other hand if it is created with ceramic fiber, the unit must be left on and observed so that it does not cool off more than roughly 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.

    11. When the temperature falls lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit may be opened.

    12. After the project has cooled to room temperature, add a brooch back. Hold on the brooch back with a two part epoxy.



    Laced Heart Pattern

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