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! ūüėĬ† 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!

WOYWW & Fun with Epoxy!

Howdy crafters! It is still Tuesday night here but¬†in Jolly Old England it is Wednesday and that means it’s time for What’s on your work desk Wednesday! I was sent a tube of¬†5 minute Epoxy from the Gorilla Glue company and I had a ball all weekend using it to make pendants that will be turned into pins and necklaces at the craft fair I will be doing in December:


I had always been a little intimidated¬†to try¬†two-part¬†epoxy but it is really easy to use, sets¬†up fast and is super-duper¬†strong¬†when it is cured, you can even use it for resin charms but it is best as a glue because it is really¬†thick. Here is a video to show you how I used it…be warned, I’m even more giddy than usual {but that might just be the glue fumes LOL!}

Here is a peek over at my other work surface, recently cleaned. I had been cutting a lot of glass over the weekend so I needed to wipe down the counter and vacuum all of the glass dust and shards:


Don’t you dig this awesome¬†caddy?¬†¬†The local hospital gift shop closed and my friend Glenna¬†(she’s a nurse) snagged 2 of these awesome displays for me to use in my craft fair booth of for studio storage! Thank you sweetie!


Currently my gelatos¬†are in there along with a few odd completed projects that I will share one I get them packaged up all pretty ūüôā Well, this is a bit long-winded for me (I’m a faster talker than typer) so I will wrap it up and direct you to The Stamping Ground if you want to have a peek at other great crafty desks…maybe next week you will join us, eh? Till next time happy crafting!

A laid-back kind of Saturday…

I have to say I love a rainy Saturday! No guilt about lounging around your house in your jammies till noon and making some jewelry, sorting your craft supplies and listing to an audio book while your kids make Barbie swimming pools in the kitchen sink. Oh¬†and did I mention¬†the guilt free naps? Rainy Saturdays are all about the guilt free napping because it’s not like you are going to mow the lawn.¬† I want to share a pretty bracelet that my 7-year-old daughter Lila made today:

I love the colors and sparkle! The beads are plastic so it is lighter than it looks and it was strung on monofilament (AKA fishing line) and secured with a square knot.

TIP: use a dab of crazy glue on the knot to keep it tied tight!

She made the clip-on earrings by gluing a square rhinestone on a clip-on earring blank. The rhinestone was colored to match with alcohol markers. We used Perfect Glue for Crafts to adhere it, it is thick, non smelly and sets up in 10 minutes. The clip earring findings are inexpensive¬†{Darice brand} but they are so much better than the cheap plastic dress-up jewelery out there, these will not break under “normal” conditions ūüôā

Here is a necklace and earring set I made yesterday.


I made the focal bead too. I used my Fuseworks kiln (it works in the microwave and melts glass, it is incredible!) to melt together two pieces of glass.  To learn more about the Fuseworks kiln see this post.

Tip: to make a hole in a fused glass bead simply lay a thin strip of thick kiln paper (available at a stained glass shop) between the layers of glass. I think next time I will make sure it is not behind a clear layer so it can be hidden but live and learn ūüôā

I hope you are having a nice weekend. I took a camera class at Adult Ed this week and I am trying to adapt some of the skills I learned to my photography, I think the jewelery looks pretty good but if I learned one thing it is that I have a lot to learn LOL! That is what’s¬†great about life, you can learn something new everyday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A giftie for my Sistie…er, Sister!

When my sister gave me the Fuseworks microwaveable bead kiln for my birthday I knew I wanted to make some beads for her to thank her:

Stamp: Stampin Up!, Paper: K& Co., Die Cuts: Creative Cuts & More, Punch: Martha Stewart

Stamp: Stampin Up!, Paper: K& Co., Die Cuts: Creative Cuts & More, Punch: Martha Stewart

To display and protect the beads in the mail I used a shaker kit from Creative Cuts and More. To keep the backs of the post style earrings from poking through the envelop when I mailed it I placed some plastic packaging behind the card and mailed it in a padded envelope, they arrived safe and sound ūüėČ To attach the beads to the metal bail and ear posts I used E6000 glue, it’s rugged so beware! Have good ventilation.

For the earrings I used black glass for the bottom later, then a bit of silver leafing, then transparent green on top. For the pendant I used black glass with a foil pattern and clear on top. The foil did no damage to my microwave in the kiln!

For the earrings I used black glass for the bottom layer, then a bit of silver leafing, then transparent green on top. For the pendant I used black glass with a foil pattern and clear on top. The foil did no damage to my microwave in the kiln!

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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