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« on: February 04, 2012 07:01:09 PM »

I'm looking into getting started with glass fusing.
There's some good sites with bits of info...
I've read everything I could here and on some of the links suggested...
But I still feel like I'm lacking info or opinions.

Can you tell my what types of kiln you use and why? 

I've been a glass blowing apprentice (for not long enough!), so have worked with hot glass, and I've done some torch-work with beads... So I have a basic foundation to build on.

I just don't want to go out and spend $500-$1500 on a set up, just to think "oops, I should've got the other one!"

Thanks for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012 08:00:23 PM »

Hi and welcome!

Looked around the boards and found some posts that will lend a hand. Do you know how much you want to spend initially? Have you considered a "hotpot" or microwave kiln? They are less expensive and can give you an intro to fusing.

Here is a thread that discusses them:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391344.0

Here are some that discuss specific kiln brands, as well as pros and cons.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332345.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331967.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327169.0

Let us know if we can help more. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012 06:20:32 PM »

I'm ready to invest... as I'm building up to building (lol) a full-on glass blowing studio.

I've read the links you posted and they helped.  Thanks!

I have a 240 outlet ready and a corner of my basement ready to turn into a studio area. 
Any other thoughts, ideas, or info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!
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