Love Hearts

Everyone is familiar with love hearts. These tiny hearts with the quirky simple sayings are also referred to as candy hearts. They are one of the most popular Valentines Day candy. Passing around a candy heart to your friends was a part of everyone’s childhood.

Now you can make these conversation hearts out of glass and turn them into pins or adornments for your fused glass projects. Sprinkling and fusing them into a platter would make an outstanding serving dish for all of your Valentine’s Day goodies.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Heart glass
  • Glassline paints or Pebeo Vitrea paints
  • 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. Copy and cut the pattern.

    2. Set the paper pieces on the right color glass and draw close to the pattern with a permanent pen. Generously envelop the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is desirable to cut the pattern. Make a point of cutting close to the shape to retain the form and all the small details.

    4. Launder with soap and dip in clean water or use glass cleaner to remove all pen marks and scum. Using a lint free towel dry the pieces.

    5. Use various Glassline paints to add your sayings, be sure to allow the paint to dry completely before firing. They can also be painted on after firing by using Pebeo Vitrea paints and curing them in a conventional oven.

    6. Place the sections on a prepared kiln ledge and place the shelf in the kiln. Be sure to hold the glass by the side to avoid fingerprints.

    7. Close the lid or door. Turn on the oven.

    8. Watch the job at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When peeking at your projects put on glasses with IR and UV protection.

    9. As soon as the glass has your preferred appearance, switch off and disconnect the oven. If the kiln is manufactured 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 oven must remain on and monitored so that it does not cool off any more than just about 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    10. When the pyrometer goes down under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln may be opened.

    11. As soon as the piece has cooled down to room temperature, add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.



    Love Hearts Pattern

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