Hawaiian Pineapple

As we all know, the pineapple is a tropical plant. When first discovered by the European explores it was given this name because of its resemblance to the pine cone.

The first commercial plantation was the Hawaiian pineapple in 1886. James Dole started his Dole plantation in 1900, and the rest is history.

For this pattern I have chosen to use some Dichroic textured glass to represent the body and a simple green glass to indicate the leaves. Since the body of this fruit has a lot of texture, this glass is perfect. Of course, any glass can be used in your particular piece.

Using some Wireform Copperform Mesh on a piece of glass would also give the appearance of all the texture found on this fruit. When covered with a clear piece of glass the tiny pockets would capture air bubbles for a very unique appearance. For a view of how this would appear, check out the Copper Mesh page.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Body glass
  • Leaves glass
  • 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. Sketch the stencil on paper.

    2. Utilizing a pair of shears, cut out the stencil.

    3. Position the portions on the appropriate glass colorful.

    4. Sketch close to the guide by means of a permanent marker.

    5. Liberally coat the traced design with bees wax or chap stick.

    6. Position the drawn glass on a Taurus and cut out the stencil. Cut along the sketching so that the image is defined.

    7. Position the freshly cut pieces in a container of clean water whilst cutting other pieces of glass. This action will make for an easier cleaning of the glass.

    8. Cleanse every piece with dish soap, a scrubber and a little water.

    9. Dry the articles utilizing a lint free towel.

    10. Ornament as preferred.

    11. While grasping each of the items by the perimeter, pose the glass on a kiln washed kiln ledge.

    12. Pose the shelf in the kiln.

    13. Close the top or access and start the oven.

    14. Sporting eyewear with UV and IR shield, examine the piece at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit.

    15. Once the glass has your wanted look, take the glass down to the proper annealing temperature and hold.

    16. Switch off the oven.

    17. Permit the glass to cool off on its own.

    18. Once the pyrometer falls lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln may be opened.

    19. Attach a pin backing or fire the project into another endeavor.



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