Thanksgiving Turkey

What would Thanksgiving be without a Thanksgiving turkey? The pattern on the bottom of the page is of a wild turkey. Unlike the whimsical turkey, this is the traditional bird. He has the distinctive fleshy heart shaped wattle hanging from the underside of his beak. Since the bird displays colorful feathers, unlike a female hen, it is a male tom or gobbler.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird of the United States? I wonder what effect that would have had on our traditional Thanksgiving meal?

As one of the most famous birds in North America, he almost appears to be ready to roam the open forest. With his size and shape, no one would mistake for any other species.


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  • Brown body glass
  • Red wattle glass
  • Various colored feather glass
  • Yellow leg glass
  • Pattern
  • Beeswax or Chap Stick
  • Glass saw
  • Glass Cleaner choice
  • Glassline Black paint
  • Glass eyes
  • Hairspray
  • Glassline paints
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back

  • Directions

    1. Sketch and using scissors cut the guide.

    2. Rest the paper pattern on the fitting colorful glass and draw around the model with a permanent pen. Generously cover up the traced design with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is considered necessary to cut out the shape. Make a point of cutting on the line to retain the outline and all the precise details.

    4. Clean with dish soap and bathe in plain water or employ glass cleaner to remove all design and residue. Use a lint free towel to completely dry the objects.

    5. Put together the parts on a kiln washed kiln ledge and place the shelf within the unit. At all times grasp the glass by the border to avert fingerprints.

    6. Use Glassline paints to add finishing details.

    7. Place glass eye in place and add a dab of hairspray to secure it in place if needed.

    8. Close the top or access. Turn on the kiln.

    9. Monitor the task at roughly 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever looking at your pieces put on glasses with IR and UV shield.

    10. When the glass has your preferred appearance, switch off and disconnect the unit. If the unit is put together with dense fire bricks, you can let it cool down by it’s self. If however it is made with ceramic fiber, the unit must be kept on and observed so that it does not cool off any more than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.

    11. When the temperature falls under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.

    12. When the project has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back. Stick on the pin back with a two part epoxy.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Pattern

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