Lady Beetle

Everyone loves a sweet colorful lady beetle.

Making glass ladybugs does involve a few steps, but they are well worth the time and effort.

Just use the pattern at the bottom of this page to create this elegant creature.

Ladybugs are called Cocinellidaes which is part of the beetle family.

They are more commonly known as ladybug, lady beetle or ladybird.

There are over 5,000 species found worldwide.

The most common ones around have a black body and a bright red spotted shell.

Long thought to be a lucky omen if one of these delicate creatures landed on your body.

Spread the luck by making glass ladybugs for everyone.

These can be easily constructed in glass.

Enhance the body by adding some dichroic glass to create a spectacular piece of dichroic fused glass jewelry.

These pieces do require the use of a glass saw to cut out the glass ladybug pattern.

If you want to make these, but don’t have a glass saw, try using the pattern located on the Glass Bugs page.

This page will provide you with details on constructing a basic body for any type of bug.



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Materials

  • Ladybug Pattern
  • Black glass
  • Red glass
  • Glass dots
  • Glass saw
  • Permanent Marker
  • Beeswax or Chap Stick
  • Soap and water or glass cleaner
  • Lint free towel
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Glasses with IR and UV protection.
  • Directions

    1. Draw and cut out the outline.

    2. Position the pieces on the right color glass and copy near the model with a permanent pen. Generously protect the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is desirable to cut the shape. Make a point of cutting near the line to retain the figure and all the minute fine points.

    4. Launder with soap and dip in plain water or use glass cleaner to remove any design and scum. Use a lint free towel to dry the pieces.

    5. Assemble the sections on an all set up kiln shelf and place the shelf within the kiln. Be sure to hold the glass by the rim to avoid fingerprints.

    6. Close the lid or door. Start the unit.

    7. Look at the job at about 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. While peeking at your projects wear glasses with IR and UV shield.

    8. As soon as the piece has your sought look, switch off and unplug the unit. If the kiln is fabricated with thick fire bricks, you can let it cool off on its own. On the other hand if it is created with ceramic fiber, the unit must be kept on and observed so that it doesn’t cool off more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    9. When the pyrometer drops lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit may be opened.

    10. When the piece has cooled to room temperature, you can add a brooch back. Stick on the brooch back with a two part epoxy.

    These pieces make adorable pins to give or sell to others.

    There are several things you can do to add more texture to a glass ladybug.

    Turn a lady beetle into stunning dichroic fused glass jewelry by adding some dichroic glass to enhance the design.

    Just cut the pattern for the wings out of dichroic glass with a black backing.

    Use a dremel drill with a diamond tip to etch out circles where the dots would have been placed.

    When fired, the etched area will remain black.

    The piece can be capped with clear glass before firing.

    A cap of clear will add more depth to the piece giving it dimension and intensity.

    A wire can be used to add to the lady beetle for an antenna.

    A wire can be added during firing by fusing a high fire wire into the glass, or you can add the wire to the glass with a two part epoxy after firing the piece.



    Ladybug Pattern

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