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Topic: Forays into fusing in a microwave (pic heavy)  (Read 5936 times)
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Mike Jordan
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011 03:00:11 PM »

It's neat to get your first fused glass that you did yourself, isn't it. Cheesy 

If you really want to do fusing, even if just to make smaller jewelry things, you will find it a lot easier and have less glass loss if you buy a real kiln. Even a small kiln with a kiln sitter or other non-programmable kiln will give you a lot better results, more consistent results and allow you to do a lot more things than a microwave kiln will. You can get used pottery kilns pretty cheap and even find used glass kilns on Craig's List. You just have to be careful that you are getting a working kiln when you buy used.  But if you really get the kiln bug bad, check out the little 120 volt table top kilns. Until then, have fun. 

If  you have a Dremmel tool you can get a glass grinding bit for it and take off the spikes and rough spots. That's how I did it before I got a grinder.  If you don't have a Dremmel but have a drill, you can get a glass grinding bit for it and do the same thing. You just have to be careful since the drill is not as easy to use as the Dremmel.  If you happen to have a drill stand you could turn it into a grinder... just dip the glass into water so it's wet, keep dipping it and then clean it real well before it dries.  That will work in a pinch.

Mike

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011 08:12:56 PM »

I had no idea MICROWAVE glass fusing existed!  Shocked  I've taken a couple of fused glass workshops and have wanted to play around with on my own, but regular kilns are so expensive.  I will HAVE to look into this!  ♥
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011 03:33:47 PM »

How cool is this?!?! And I never would've known about it without your awesome post. Off to Hobby Lobby, away!
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011 07:16:10 PM »

oh very cool! I'm actually head of the craft dept at my hobby lobby here, and i've always wondered about this thing since we started carrying it. it's awesome to see someone getting to play around with it because now i have way more info i can give to other customers who are interested in it!
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2011 08:55:01 AM »

I never even knew something like this existed!!! That's so cool! Pinning it!
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2011 06:35:51 PM »

Cheesy I will be updating more of my findings here in the next couple days. The freeze we had here halted my progress a bit because I felt it was too cold in my workspace to safely play around. As soon as I have a few more pieces made, I will be posting more info ^_^
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2011 11:02:35 PM »

Wow, I'm seriously thinking about grabbing one of these myself.... seems like fun!
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zombie.anna
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2011 05:56:07 PM »

Wow!  That looks like so much fun!!  A friend of mine has been fusing glass for awhile now, but I had no idea how she did it since we live far apart.

Thanks for sharing all these great pics!  I'm happy for you and your new hobby.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2011 08:16:54 PM »

Wow, I never heard of this craft before! No matter what they looked beautiful! Thanks
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craftysarah
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2011 09:10:15 AM »

I want one too! How much did it cost?
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