If you are not quite ready to make the big purchase of a full-size kiln, Jen-Ken Kilns has developed a smaller kiln, designed to be used in your microwave oven. It can reach up to 1,650 degrees F and can fuse most items in under 10 minutes. Microwave kilns are affordable and a great choice for those operating their own home-based jewelry business.
Beginner fusing kits come with everything you need to get started. Some even include a starter project. This is a more affordable way to begin fusing glass. To buy these items individually would substantially increase your initial cost.
Things You'll Need
- Microwave kiln
- Glass cutter
- Dichroic bits and pieces
- Millefiori glass
- Confetti glass
- Fusing glass
- Kiln paper
- Hot mitts
- Glass adhesive
Cut your glass pieces ideal to the size needed for your project.
Cut your kiln paper and put on the kiln base.
Layer your glass on the kiln base in the design for your project.
Cover with kiln lid and place inside the microwave.
Heat on high for two minutes. Adjust accordingly depending on wattage of your microwave.
Using hot mitts, check progress of your glass. Continue to heat in increments of 30 seconds until fusing is complete.
Take the kiln out of microwave and allow to cool for 45 minutes keeping the lid on.
Attach jewelry findings appropriate for your project using a glass adhesive and allow to dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Microwaves and kilns fire at varying patterns and intensity. Keep notes to use for later projects.
- Low-watt microwaves, fewer than 1000 watts, may require an initial firing time of up to four minutes instead of two minutes.
- Recommended fusing times: 1,200 watt microwave--Two minutes; 1,100 watt microwave--two minutes and 30 seconds; 800 watt microwave--four minutes.
- Removing glass from kiln before it is completely cooled may crack your glass.
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