Don’t Burn Your Hands Off! {Microwave Kiln Tutorial}

Happy Friday folks! Wow, this week flew by! I have been wanting to share some of the fused beads I started making last weekend with my Microwave kiln but I was debating whether or not I wanted to do a video tutorial to go with it. All it took was one viewer asking me to and I got to work:

 

This craft is NOT for kids. The glass is hot and if you aren’t careful you can burn your hands off…well, maybe not off…still, why chance it? This video will take you though the process of using the kiln, cutting glass, assembling the bead and fusing it. All with the flawless video production you have come to expect…ha ha ha, I can’t even type that with a straight face! 😀  Everything is live to tape so you can see the kiln in action…also “live” means that anything can happen (and usually does) in my videos, that said, enjoy.

Details: I have a Fuseworks Microwave kiln, I just saw the one I have for $67 on Amazon with free shipping. I’m not sure if it comes with glass or not but mine came with a few sheets of kiln paper and some glass to practice with. I recommend buying a large sheet of thin smooth shelf liner paper from the stained glass store as well as scrap glass which is about $2 a pound, way cheaper than the Fuseworks stuff and it works just fine, in fact it is what I used in the video. Below are the beads I made. About an hour after the video went live last night someone offered to buy them, woot! Now that’s a feather in my cap!

 

That’s it for a today, I hope you have a lovely weekend, tomorrow I have plans to go roller skating and see a psychic…not that I believe in that (I think it is hogwash) but it should make for an amusing evening…especailly if there is wine involved:) I’ll let you know how it goes. I got a fortune cookie last night that said “You will receive a great honor” and frankly I give more credence to the cookie. Til next time happy crafting!

21 Responses

  1. Very interesting video Lindsay…never heard of a microwave kiln before…what will they think of next! I’m sure you will be right there…LOL!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  2. Lindsey… You make me half jealous!! 😉 you get to have the most fun! I want to live in your basement!

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  3. You honor us with your wit, wisdom and frugal craftiness. You’re certainly entitled to a great honor. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the entertaining video!

    Blessings,
    Marie

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  4. Thanks Lindsay. I’ve had a microwave kiln for years and just sort of put it out of sight and now I might even get it out and play a bit!!! Gotta love those recorders. I used to play one…LOL

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  5. Very interesting! I might have to give this craft a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. My goodness! I love your jewelry. I never attempted making jewelry because I thought it was so complicated. I had no idea the kilns could be so small. I remember how big they used to be from art class in grade school and that is the picture of a kiln I have kept in my head all these years. Wow…you always wow me and make me laugh! LOL… Seriously though, you are incredible! Thank you so very much for sharing with us!

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  7. ay ay ay, Lindsay; now I need a microwave kiln – I didn’t know I needed one until I saw your awesome video!! Thanks for the laughs! BTW my son started drumming from 3 rd grade on and I can relate!! My husband had to build him a sound proof room in our basement LOL. Happy child raising, Lindsay. Isn’t it fun?

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  8. These look fabulous! Have fun with the psychic, some of them can be pretty scary!

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  9. Love the tutorial. Thank you! I have glass shard storage. Now there are two people who do, ROFL! I love all the pieces you made but the ring your wearing is just stunning. I love it!

    Love your furbaby barking. So cute. Sound like he ran down the stairs for Mommy to protect him. I love furbabies.

    Loved listening to your kids. That is so funny. Bubble wrap wars are tons of fun. Your son is an excellent drummer!

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  10. You know this is too funny right? I wasn’t going to watch this, I have no interest in making jewellery but I thought, hey its Lindsay, it could be a laugh. I was right, it totally was! And of course now I am looking up places to buy glass and kilns…. Can you use glass from broken stuff just out of curiosity? (PS. My writing? Its a Creative Writing course with the OU.)

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    • I think you can use any glass if you are fusing it with the same COE, picture frame glass can fuse to stained glass for example. Bottle glass might take longer though as it can be thicker and is probably a higher COE. Thanks for watching!

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  11. I saw this in my email while I was in Youngstown/Warren, Ohio from my smart phone. I’m glad I waited until I got home to really read this post and watch the video.

    This is a really cool project tool. Hope your craft fair goes really well.

    Leslie

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  12. My mother had a huge ceramic kiln, so can’t image such a small one. Amazing technology these days. Well, if you’ve gotta go to the pychic for fun, why don’t you try the other party too, to balance your fun. You know, church! Check out the classifieds for upcoming events, esp. now that certain holidays are coming up. You’ll be surprised at all you’ll find to do! Have you made any stained glass sun-catchers besides the beads with your gizmo?

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  13. Thank you for sharing the video! I really enjoyed learning how to use my microwave as a kiln. I had no idea this was possible! So many exciting this to come!

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  14. Glass pieces can be glued with white glue, then you don’t have to re-arrange. Also, save your tiny shards from cutting to use as frit.

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  15. I have always been interested in learning to make dichroic jewelry! Thank you for the tutorial! You have a great sense of humour! The video was entertaining!!

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  16. your video inspired me to purchase the microwave kiln kit and I had great fun until the glass cutter broke….sad face. Got another one so back in business. However, I have been trying to find the answer to why my pendants, earrings, etc I have made all have very jagged, rough, scary edges on the part that touches the kiln paper….??? Didn’t know if I should turn them over and refire and then would the lovely top edge turn into the scary jagged edge again? Could it have something to do with firing time or temps?? Any ideas? Thanks for any help…….!!

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    • I think that you need to fire it longer or at a higher power. I got a new microwave and the edges are really smooth and round now. Also try ultra thin kiln paper, it is really smooth and leave the back smoother:) I have a glass file for smoothing too.

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      • Thanks Lindsay!! I’ll try those suggestions…I usually start off with 2 min on high (1200 watt ‘crowave) and then go one min intervals until it is glowing. ( haven’t burned my hands off yet but I can see how you could…those little buggers get mighty hot!!) hehe

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  17. I love all your tutorials. I just didn’t know you did one on glass fusing.

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  18. Great video, love that you can hear your family in the background 😁 let’s face it, most of us have constant distractions when we’re trying to be professional 😆. I’ve watched a few videos on glass fusing using a microwave kiln and I enjoyed yours the most, so much so it’s made my mind up on buying one and having a go. Thank you xxx

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