Making Christmas Pins
How about making Christmas pins or broaches? These do require that you use a glass saw. It would be impossible to make all the sharp angular cuts with a glass cutter.
Here is an enjoyable project that can add that "something special" to your Christmas list. These stars can be made in several sizes to add interest and depth to any pin. They can also be decorated with adornments.
Star material list:PatternCard stockPermanent markerBeeswax or Chap StickGlassScrap glass for accents (optional) Glass sawGlass cleanerPrepared kiln shelfKilnGlasses with IR and UV protectionTwo part EpoxyPin back
1. Print patter on card stock and cut out.
2. Place the pattern on glass and trace around the outside of the pattern.
3. Beeswax or Chap Stick is applied to protect drawing on glass.
4. Cut glass with saw.5. Hold pieces by the edge of each piece, and arrange pieces on prepared kiln shelf.
6. Plug in kiln, close lid and turn on the unit.
7. At about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit start watching your pieces. Wear glasses with IR and UV protection.
8. Once your ideal appearance is reached, turn off kiln. These pieces are small enough that they can be allowed to cool off just by shutting down the kiln and unplugging the unit. If the kiln is constructed with ceramic fiber it will need to cool down at no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. It is safe to open the kiln up once the temperature has reached below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
How about making these and personalizing them the name of the individual you are giving the star to? Of course they can be made into a fused glass Christmas decoration. Hang them on a tree or in a window. These would also be fantastic to fuse into a Christmas plate or platter. So many options, so little time!
I enjoy making Christmas pins for all my friends and family. There are so many different projects you can do with this star pattern.
For even more creative Christmas projects, visit the
Fused Glass Christmas
page on this site. It has links to more simple and imaginative tasks for Christmas.
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Fused Glass Christmas
Making Christmas Pins to Glass Fusing Made Easy
Fused Glass Patterns