Waste Not, Want Not – that is my approach to my crafts. I just hate to throw away fabric, yarn, glass, or anything that could potentially be used in another project. That’s why I have baskets of small pieces of fabric scraps, drawers of larger pieces of fabric, other drawers of yarn, embroidery supplies and beads. I even save small pieces of batting because I never know when I might need only a bit.
In my glass room, I save all my glass scraps as well. I even save my failed projects, things that crack or just don’t turn out the way I wanted. These failed projects are given new life with pot melting. These pot melts are really cute made into mushrooms, of which I have made numerous. Running out of people to give mushrooms to, I really needed to find another idea for using pot melts.
For the past year, I have had three different pot melt circles sitting on a shelf in my glass studio waiting for me to come up with an idea. When making the glass centipede for my garden, I finally had a bit of inspiration. I was looking at clip art pictures of different garden animals and insects and saw a cartoon of a turtle. Looking at the image, I thought that the shell of the turtle could be made out of a pot melt circle.
So, a new project – fused glass turtle!
Green COE 96 1/2″ pebbles, 2 pieces
Black COE 96, 12″ x 18″
Castalot Glass Mold Material, 3 cups mixed with water according to directions
Cardboard box for forming mold
Exacto Knife for shaping mold
Copper end caps, 1/2″, 2 pieces
Copper pipe, 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
E6000 Adhesive, clear and black
1. Pot melt a 7″ circle of glass. Slump over a bowl shape. Since I already had some of these, I used what I had. In the future, I probably would not have fused the white pebbles onto the pot melt. But, since I had already done this, I used what I had.
2. Draw a turtle outline on paper and trace onto clear plastic. Cut two pieces of black glass from the turtle pattern.
If you want to replicate this idea, I am providing the turtle pattern. Print out the photo, making sure that your printer is calibrated to the 1″ box on the pattern.
3. Full fuse the two pieces of black glass.
4. Contour fuse eyes to the head piece.
5. Create a slumping mold.
Again, I am providing an outline of the mold. If you want to make one, the mold is 1″ thick.
6. After allowing the material to set for an hour, remove the cardboard and use an Exacto Knife to carve the edges of the pattern smooth. Allow to dry overnight and then fire according to the directions on the package. Coat the mold with several coats of Primo Primer Kiln Wash.
7. Place your turtle shape over the mold. Slump the shape according to your kiln settings.
8. Using the black E6000, adhere one end cap in the center of the back of the turtle and allow to set over night. Meanwhile, run a thin bead of clear E6000 along the edge of the turtle shell and allow this to also set over night. This bead will provide a cushion between the shell and the body of the turtle to avoid having glass against glass that could cause breakage.
9. Cut a piece of copper pipe the height of the slumped pot melt. Generally you want the turtle shell to light rest against the turtle body. Insert this pipe into the cap on the turtle back. Add a copper cap to the top end of the pipe. Place black E6000 on the copper cap and adhere the turtle shell to the copper. Note that the copper pipe is not glued or secured to the copper caps. This will allow you to take apart the turtle a wrap it for save winter storage. Allow the adhesive to set overnight and your turtle will be ready to invade your garden.
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Hello! Thank you for sharing your precious turtle tutorial. Would you mind sharing what you used as a model for your molg of the head and body? I’m thinking it was clay but I don’t want to assume. Thank you!
I used a material called Castalot.
Thank you, I read that in your list a little late.