Just the mention of a pumpkin patch and images of cool, crisp breezes with scurrying fall leaves seem to paint a fall scene. The familiar pumpkin stand and pumpkin farm just seem to announce that the holidays are here.
Pumpkins have had their name changed a few times. The name originated from the Greek word “pepon”, which means large melon. The French changed it to “pompon”, the English renamed them “pumpion”, then American colonists finally called them “pumpkin”. They are not melons, but part of the squash family. They are believed to have started in North America.
This quirky pin only involves only a few pieces of fusing glass and very little assembly to complete. You can either use Glassline paints to write on the sign before firing, or use Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints after firing.
MaterialsOrange glassTan glassWhite glassOrange stringerPatternBeeswax or Chap StickGlass sawGlass Cleaner choiceKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
1. Trace and cut out the design.
2. Situate the parts on the correct color glass and sketch near the shape with a permanent marker. Liberally protect the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is required to cut the pattern. Make a point of cutting near the line to preserve the figure and all the precise details.
4. Bathe with dish soap and rinse in clean water or use glass cleaner to strip off all drawings and residue. Air-dry the pieces.
5. Place the parts on a ready kiln shelf and arrange the shelf within the kiln. Be sure to grip the glass by the border to avoid fingerprints.
6. Close the lid or door. Switch on the unit.
7. Look at the piece at close to 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When glimpsing at your pieces put on glasses with IR and UV protection.
8. Once the piece has your desired appearance, shut down and disconnect the unit. If the kiln is assembled with thick fire bricks, you can allow it to cool down on its own. If however it is constructed with ceramic fiber, the unit must be kept on and observed so that it does not cool off more than just about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. Once the pyrometer falls beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven may be opened.
10. As soon as the project has cooled down to room temperature, add a brooch back. Adhere the brooch back with a two part epoxy.
Pumpkin Patch Pattern
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