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« on: October 16, 2006 04:42:36 PM »

Is it possible to make all those cool swirly glass pendants I've seen on here like...  in my oven? Or the microwave?

'Cause I have no idea where I'd get a kiln, or if I could afford it.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2006 06:45:20 AM »

Glass has to be heated to extremely high temperatures (1400+ degrees) in order to fuse. Then it needs to slowly cool so it does not crack. So you really do need a kiln. 

Check your local university. My local university offers kiln access for a relatively inexpensive price.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2006 09:18:05 AM »

Thanks for your suggestion! I'll see about that.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006 09:47:40 AM »

Thanks for your suggestion! I'll see about that.

I'm actually taking glass fusing for the second time at FSU.  This way I get kiln use and materials and I have three hours every week dedicated to being creative.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2006 05:51:11 PM »

Another option: Is there an art museum/gallery nearby? I started out taking a few classes at the local art museum, got the basics down, and recently purchased my first kiln. The knowledge that I gained through those classes really helped me know what I needed when I ventured out on my own, including when to ignore the salespeople. Smiley
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