Pine Cone

As a member of the pine family, the pine cone, or pinecone has cones that overlap each other like fish scales. They are spirally arranged and open when dry.

I have used fiber paper to separate the bottom portion of the layers and allowing the top edges to touch the solid foundation. This way the individual cones are exposed and not blended into one solid piece.

Layer each piece so that they give the appearance of being symmetrical and proportioned. Once the firing is complete, remove the fiber paper and wash away any residue.

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  • Pattern
  • Brown background glass
  • Tan cone glass
  • Fiber paper
  • 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 guide.

    2. Put the paper pieces on the appropriate colorful glass and trace close to the pattern with a permanent marker. Liberally shelter the drawing with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is required to cut the outline. Follow close to the outline to keep the outline and all the meticulous particulars.

    4. Clean with soap and dip in clean water or use glass cleaner to delete all design and residue. Air dry the items.

    5. Put together the parts on a prepared kiln ledge and put the shelf within the kiln. At all times hold the glass by the side to avoid fingerprints.

    6. Shut the top or door. Start the unit.

    7. View the fused piece at around 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. While gazing at your hot glass wear glasses with IR and UV protection.

    8. As soon as the project has the sought after appearance then turn off and unplug the unit. If the kiln is manufactured with heavy fire bricks, you can permit it to cool down on its own. If however it is made with ceramic fiber, the unit must be left on and observed so that it doesn’t cool down more than in the region of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.

    9. Once the pyrometer falls beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.

    10. When the glass has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.

    Pine Cone Pattern

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