I watched some more great Microwave Kiln Glass Fusing YouTube videos yesterday. One of these was really helpful in explaining how you can break up and reuse any of your previous glass fused creations that you were, well lets say less happy with!
Being a newbie to this craft I’d got a couple of these and because I already recycled some of my stained glass into my mosaics I’d already got the tool for job ahead. So, out came the wheeled nippers (photo below in case you don’t know what these are), a large old plastic sandwich bag to stop the small shards of glass flying about the room and plenty of muscle power! I then used the wheeled nippers to cut up the old fused pieces and was pleasantly surprised to reveal some lovely layered glass that I could reuse.
In the photo below you’ll see the glass stacks I made with the pieces I’d cut up and I also experimented with some glass on it’s side to see how the layers came out. I was really happy with the results and they look so much better now than how they started out their life. My favourite one of them all is the tiny one in the middle right column as it reminds me of a ladybird 🙂
This started as the left hand triangle in the before photo.
This started as bottom stack in the before photo.
This started as bottom right stack in the before photo.
This started as top right in the before photo.
This started a top middle stack in the before photo.
Our youngest son has been seeing me have fun so he asked to make one. He chose the glass, the millefiori and orang stringer. His creation is shown below and is in the photo above of all todays pieces. His piece we’ve called “bullseye”!
The experiments continue! I thought I’d take a before and after photo today so that I can see how the original stacked glass ended up. What I like about this is that you just never know, until you lift the lid off the kiln once it’s cooled, as to what you’ll find underneath. The bottom one of the two reminds me of a cats eye!
My firing schedule in my 800 watt microwave for these was;
5 mins on medium, quick check to see everything is still in place etc
5 mins on medium, quick check to see what stage it’s at, usually tacked together
Final 3 mins on medium.
Leave to cool in the microwave for 30 mins
Remove from microwave and let cool for a further 10 mins
Remove the lid of the kiln and leave to cool for at least another 15 mins
The left and middle photos are made from 3 squares of glass, one red, one blue, one white (but in different order for each stack which is why one is red and the other blue). On top of the squares I put some confetti and a millifiore.
The one on the right is a pink rectangle on the bottom, topped with one black strip, one white strip and small red and blue squares down the middle. First time I have ever had bubbles appear and from what I have read it may be due to one of the small squares being slightly taller than the rest of the pieces of glass so air was trapped when the sides fused first. I keep learning and practising but all the time am having fun 🙂
After watching quite a few YouTube videos last night about Microwave Kiln Glass Fusing and having really enjoyed my first experience I was itching to have another try! So, during my lunch break (I was working from home!) I rummaged through the various bags of goodies that came with kiln and settled on a blue base, 2 yellow stringers and 3 murrini. Although I thought it came out really nice I was a bit bemused by the “dog bone” shape. So, after a quick post on the Facebook group asking for some advice I found out what the issue was. The mistake I made was that you should always follow the “2 layer” rule (I won’t bore you with the details). I’ll remember that for next time but won’t have long to wait long as the next master pieces are currently cooling in the kiln This time I’ve stacked 3 squares of different coloured glass with some other bits placed and sprinkled on top (pic to follow).
So, following up after my post earlier today, this is how I got on… After reading the user manual, lots of useful posts on the “microwave kiln glass fusing fanatics” Facebook group I got everything ready and started the process. However, it soon became apparent that this rookie has made a mistake! I’d put the fusing paper under the fibre blanket which meant the glass stuck to it nicely and ruined it. I’d also heated the glass too hot too quick so it looked like a puddle. Anyway, not be put off I let everything go cold and then started attempt number two.
As you can see from the photo below, that red glow means that inside it’s hot, hot, hot and you certainly do need the heat proof gloves when removing it from the microwave.
I patiently waited much more than the recommended 60 mins, just to make it sure it was cool and I didn’t ruin it. Quite pleased with how it turned out. To think it started life as 2 small rectangles of coloured glass, one white, one purple and ended up a lovely smooth, curvy edged pendant 😊
Another way to use up my scrap stained glass is to have a try at Microwave Kiln Glass Fusing. Phil bought me one for christmas but I haven’t yet been brave enough to try but today’s that day!
The photo below shows all the items that I got in the starter set and there are lots of goodies to get me started. In theory, all I need to do is carefully stack the any of the bits on top of each to make a small glass sandwich which goes inside the kiln (round object at the back called Hot Pot) and then follow a “firing” schedule. I then take it out of the microwave (wearing heat proof gloves as this will be glowing red hot and I don’t want to end up at A&E with burns!) and leave it to cool for 30 mins. If all goes well, when I take the lid off after it’s cooled I should have a nice glass fused object. Well, fingers crossed and here goes….
Hello and welcome to the Crafty Cannons blog. We’d like to introduce ourselves to you and the reason for starting this blog.
We are husband (Phil) and wife (Sue) and we have 3 lovely sons aged 12, 20 and 21. Like all parents we’ve spent a lot of time looking after the children and this meant not having much time for ourselves or hobbies. Well, now that the boys are a lot more independent and doing their own thing we decided it was our time to do our things.
So, last April I decided to enrol for an Adult Education Evening Course called “A beginners introduction to Stained Glass”. Over the course of 10 weeks I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of creating a stained glass piece, bought lots of equipment and converted an area of our summer house into a small stained glass workshop. I’ve been enoying being a stained glass hobbyist ever since. Unfortunately, due to the English weather I can only work in the summer house during the warmer months so decided to use up my scrap stained glass and try mosaicing in the warmth of our house. More recently I’ve also taken up paper cutting which I really enjoy. Examples of all of my work can be seen by clicking the “Sue’s Gallery”.
Just after Sue started to get into Stained Glass it inspired me to take up a hobby I thought I’d like and that was woodworking. We rented a garage and put all of the “stuff” from the shed into that which meant I had the ideal place to create a small woodworking worskhop. I’ve been creating and selling a number of pieces and have had a few requests for bespoke items too. I’ve also just started my own YouTube Channel which you can find in “useful links” section on the left hand side. Don’t foget to “like” and “subscribe” 😉 Examples of all of my work can be seen by clicking the “Phil’s Gallery”.