Fall is just not complete without a goofy scarecrow to put a smile on everyone’s face. It is a perfect pattern for the Thanksgiving crafts page.
Traditionally this human figure dressed in old clothes is placed in crop fields to scare away birds. This little guy can be dressed to your liking. Use scrap glass for any of the smaller details. Items like the hat, scarf and maybe some patches could be made out of small pieces of glass.
Stringers are great to depict straw coming out where his hands and feet would normally be placed. Try using a drop of two of unscented hair spray to secure these small pieces in place before firing.
Materials:PatternHead glassShirt glassPants glass Scraps for accentsStringers for arms and legsGlassline paints for detailsGlass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
1. Copy and using scissors cut the stencil.
2. Place the paper pattern on the proper color glass and draw near the outline with a permanent pen. Liberally cover up all the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is needed to cut the outline. Cut near the line to retain the outline and all the tiny details.
4. Wash with dish soap and rinse in clear water or use glass cleaner to eliminate the pen marks and scum. Air dry the objects.
5. Use Glassline paints to add any details, such as the mouth and eyes or sewing lines for the patches.
6. Arrange the portions on a primed kiln shelf and pose the shelf within the kiln. Be sure to grasp the glass by the rim to prevent fingerprints.
7. Close up the top or door. Turn on the unit.
8. Look at the project at nearly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When looking at your hot glass wear glasses with IR and UV shield.
9. Once the glass has your required look, turn off and unplug the oven. If the kiln is put together with thick fire bricks, you can allow it to cool down on its own. On the other hand if it is constructed with ceramic fiber, the oven must be left on and supervised so that it doesn’t cool off any more than in the region of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
10. As soon as the temperature drops lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit may be opened.
11. After the project has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back. Stick on the pin back with a two part epoxy.
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