Jolly Jack-O-Latern

Sometimes spelled Jack-O-Latern, Jack-0-Lantern, or even Jack O’Lantern, these smiling and friendly pins are a perfect accessory to wear with any autumn outfit. These carved lanterns made out of pumpkins didn’t become associated specifically with Halloween until around the year 1866.

Jack-O’-Lanterns might have been named for a story of a sinful night watchman named Jack who supposedly trapped Satan in a tree. He refused to set the devil free unless he promised to spare Jack from an eternity in hell. Since Jack was unable to enter heaven or hell, he was given a coal to place inside either a carrot or turnip so that he could detect his way in dark places. Later these turnips were made as a food offering to the dead, and then they were placed outside the homes to keep away the evil spirits. Pumpkins were later employed to portray these lanterns, because the size made them more suited to transporting a flame.

Jack-O-Laterns are typically pumpkins that have been carved with either scary or comical faces. These pins are going to be made out of glass, and do require the skill of using a glass saw to cut out all the details.

This Halloween Style Pin is a pumpkin base that can be added to with scary or whimsical faces to transform them into any design you desire. Try adding some curly stringers for the pumpkin vines.

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  • Orange glass
  • Green glass
  • Black glass
  • Glass cleaner
  • Beeswax or Chap Stick
  • Glass saw
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back

  • Directions1. Sketch and using scissors cut the pattern.

    2. Situate the portions on the appropriate color glass and trace close to the guide with a permanent marker. Liberally cover the traced design with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is needed to cut the outline. Cut on the line to preserve the form and all the minute particulars.

    4. Launder with dish soap and rinse in clean water or employ glass cleaner to take away the markings and scum. Air dry the pieces.

    5. Assemble the parts on a ready kiln ledge and put the shelf in the unit. Be sure to grip the glass by the side to avert fingerprints.

    6. Shut the top or door. Start the oven.

    7. Look at the fused piece at around 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever looking at your projects have on glasses with IR and UV shield.

    8. As soon as the glass has your required look, switch off and disconnect the unit. If the unit is built with heavy fire bricks, you can allow it to cool off by it’s self. On the other hand if it is built with ceramic fiber, the unit must remain on and supervised so that it doesn’t cool down more than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    9. Once the pyrometer falls beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit may be opened.

    10. Once the piece has cooled to room temperature, add a brooch back. Hold on the brooch back with a two part epoxy.

    Jack-O-Latern Pattern

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