Creating fused glass jewelry used to require expensive equipment outlay, such as a large brick kiln for large production runs. The development of specially made small microwave ovens has put this exciting hobby within the reach of the novice hobbyist.
These new furnaces are made of a special material similar to that used to protect space shuttles when they re-enter Earth's atmosphere. They are very light and compact and can be used in microwaves from 800 to 1200 watts. They are by no means a toy for young children to use but are intended for young and old adults and provide an inexpensive way to become familiar with glass melting. You can also purchase the best Olympic glass kilns via https://www.artglasssupplies.com/olympic-kilns
These new ovens allow you to create amazing glass jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, brooches, and much more.
How does it work?
The oven opens in two pieces. All you need to do is simply open the two halves of the oven to reveal the small settling mold where you can place one or more cut pieces of stained glass.
Close the oven halves and place them in the microwave. It only takes 3 minutes and your crystal will fuse to create attractive and unique jewelry pieces. It really is that easy.
What do you need?
You can buy these ovens separately in many places, but we recommend that beginners start with a kit that contains all the equipment and materials you need.
There are several kits, but the one we've tested is pretty good. It contains all the essentials you need to start producing beautiful fused glass jewelry right away.
What you need to start fusing glass is a microwave oven, a variety of colored glass pieces, a variety of dichroic glass (a special glass that changes color depending on the viewing angle), a glass cutter (for cutting glass to the size of the settling mold) inside the oven), safety gloves and instructions.
Most microwave ovens allow you to bake jewelry around 75mm in diameter, which is usually adequate for most jewelry projects.