A shillelagh is usually made out of a hefty knotty stick with a large lump on one end. This walking stick is associated with the Irish folklore. Did you know that they would smear the wood with butter and put it in a chimney to cure the wood? This curing would give the piece a shiny black appearance.
This design has a leprechaun hat added to the piece as decoration. Add this pattern to your to-do-list this St Patrick’s Day. This knotty stick design is certainly going to be a hit on St Patty’s Day.
Materials:PatternShillelagh glassGreen hat glass Hat band glassHat buckle glassGlass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawGlassline paints or Pebeo Vitrea glass paintsFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part EpoxyPin Back
Directions: 1. Sketch and cut out the pattern.
2. Put the parts on the suitable tint glass and trace near the design with a permanent pen. Generously coat the drawing with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is required to cut out the outline. Make a point of cutting on the shape to preserve the outline and all the small details.
4. Bathe with soap and soak in clear water or use glass cleaner to do away with all design and residue. Use a lint free towel to dry the pieces.
5. Position the pieces on a prepared kiln shelf and arrange the shelf inside the unit. Always grip the glass by the edge to avert fingerprints.
6. Shut the top or access. Turn on the unit.
7. Watch the project at close to 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever gazing at your hot glass put on glasses with IR and UV shield.
8. As soon as the project possesses your sought look, shut down and unplug the kiln. If the unit is fabricated with heavy fire bricks, you can let it cool down by it’s self. If however it is built with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be left on and monitored so that it doesn’t cool off any more than roughly 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. As soon as the pyrometer goes down below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.
10. As soon as the piece has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back. Adhere the pin back with a two part epoxy.
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St Patricks Day
Shillelagh to Glass Fusing Made Easy
Fused Glass Patterns