Subtly Crunchy Watermelon Pin
What would summer be without watermelon, or sometimes spelled watermellon? Some searching shows that sometimes the name is spelled watermellon, but I don't think there are two “l’s” in the name.
The crisp cool design with the green rind, succulent red interior and of course the black seeds is a fantastic way to display a piece of summer. This thirst quenching fruit now comes in a seedless type, but what would a melon design be without the familiar seeds?
To reminisce and remind you of the hot and lazy days of summer on this Independence Day, wear a subtly crunchy watermelon pin.
Green glassRed glassBlack glass or
Permanent black and silver markerBeeswax or Chap StickGlass sawSoap and water or glass cleanerKilnPrepared Kiln ShelfGlasses with IR and UV protection.
1. Copy and cut the outline.
2. Situate the members on the proper shade glass and sketch around the design with a permanent pen. Try using the black marker on the lighter glass and the silver marker on the darker glass. Generously shelter the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.
3. A glass saw is considered necessary to cut the design. Cut near the outline to retain the figure and all the small particulars.
4. Wash with dish soap and bathe in plain water or employ glass cleaner to get rid of the pen marks and residue. Dry the items.
5. Place the parts on a ready kiln shelf and place the shelf within the unit. Be sure to hold the glass by the border to prevent fingerprints.
6. Close up the top or access. Switch on the oven.
7. View the fused piece at almost 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. When peeking at your hot glass wear glasses with IR and UV shield.
8. Once the glass has the sought after appearance, shut down and unplug the oven. If the unit is made with heavy fire bricks, you can allow it to cool off on its own. On the other hand if it is assembled with ceramic fiber, the oven must be kept on and checked so that it does not cool off more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.
9. As soon as the temperature falls below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit can be opened.
10. Once the project has cooled down to room temperature, add a pin back. Stick on the pin back with a two part epoxy.
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Watermelon to Glass Fusing Made Easy
Fused Glass Patterns