Flying Witch

Flying through the foggy Halloween night this flying witch is silhouetted against a full bright autumn moon. Bats are flying off in the distance between the witch on broom figure and the glowing moon.

This is another etched design. Etching on dichroic glass with a black background can give a piece that added glow and sparkle. How appropriate this is for this particular design.

This is a more complicated design to accomplish as it takes patience and skill to achieve the pattern. This will explain how I achieved this design on the glass.

Etching the Design:

Print the pattern on cardstock paper. This gives the design more structure. Use scissors to cut out the moon. A Dremel and diamond bit drill is then used to etch around the circle of the moon. Cut out the upper half of the witch design and use the cut out to etch the upper part of the witch. Next cut out the rest of the witch and place that piece on the dichroic moon. Again use the Dremel to etch around the lower half of the witch and then etch out the rest of the witch. Add any tiny details that are desired.

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  • Dichroic background glass
  • Clear capping glass
  • Pattern
  • Glass cleaner of choice
  • Chap stick or Beeswax
  • Glass saw
  • Dremel tool with diamond bit
  • Fiber Paper
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back
  • Directions:

    1. Sketch and using scissors cut the design.

    2. Park the paper pieces on the appropriate color glass and sketch about the model with a permanent pen. Generously plaster the drawing with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is required to cut the design. Cut near the outline to preserve the shape and all the minute particulars.

    4. Clean with soap and dip in clean water or use glass cleaner to eliminate the pen marks and scum. Using a lint free towel, dry the items.

    5. Assemble the portions on a ready kiln shelf and place the shelf inside the unit. Be sure to grasp the glass by the rim to avert fingerprints.

    6. Shut the lid or door. Turn on the kiln.

    7. Observe the piece at almost 1450 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever glancing at your hot glass put on glasses with IR and UV protection.

    8. When the project possesses your desired appearance, turn off and disconnect the oven. If the unit is built with thick fire bricks, you can permit it to cool down by it’s self. On the other hand if it is built with ceramic fiber, the oven must be kept on and supervised so that it doesn’t cool off any more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    9. As soon as the pyrometer falls below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven may be opened.

    10. As soon as the flying witch piece has cooled down to room temperature, add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.

    Flying Witch Pattern

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