Shamrock

The shamrock, or called seamroy by the Celts, was a sacred plant in early Ireland.

This plant signified the rebirth of spring.

It developed into a symbolic representation of the emerging Irish patriotism by the seventeenth century.

The English started to confiscate the Irish land during this period.

They also began to create laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism.

Because of these harsh changes, many Irish began to wear the seamroy as a symbolic representation of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with the English rule.

These fused glass four leaf clovers grab everyone’s attention. There is a variety of different green glass that can be used to make these very unique conversation pieces.

From light lime green to vibrant deep forest green, make these and share them with all your friends.

Pull out the glass saw, because these do require the use of a saw to cut out the intricate details of the leaves.

There is no way you could make these by just cutting the glass with a glass cutter.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Permanent marker
  • Bees wax
  • Green glass
  • Glass saw
  • Glass cleaner
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Kiln
  • Epoxy glue
  • Pin back
  • Directions

    1. Draw and cut out the shamrock pattern.

    2. Place the portions on the selected green glass and sketch around the stencil with a permanent pen. Liberally cover up the traced design with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is required to cut out the pattern. Make a point of cutting close to the line to maintain the shape and all the small particulars.

    4. Bathe with dish soap and rinse in plain water or use glass cleaner to take away any drawings and scum. Using a lint free towel, dry the items completely.

    5. Place the glass shamrocks on a prepared kiln shelf and arrange the shelf within the unit. Be sure to grasp the glass by the border to avert fingerprints.

    6. Close up the lid or door. Turn on the unit.

    7. Monitor the piece at nearly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. While glimpsing at your projects put on glasses with IR and UV protection.

    8. Once the piece starts to look shiny and the edges are rounded, shut down and disconnect the oven. If the unit is constructed with dense fire bricks, you can allow it to cool off by it’s self. On the other hand if it is assembled with ceramic fiber, the oven must be kept on and monitored so that it doesn’t cool down more than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    9. Once the temperature goes down beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln can be opened.

    10. Once the glass has cooled down to room temperature, add a pin back. Stick on the pin back with a two part epoxy.

    Of course, like any of the other pin items, you can make these and adorn a plate, platter or some other piece with these Shamrocks. Use your imagination and add to them to other fused pieces.

    Keep from getting pinched this St Patrick’s Day, by making and wearing these delightful adornments.

    Four leaf clovers are lucky to find and to own…your friends will feel lucky when they receive one of these pins.



    Shamrock Pattern

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