For Christmas, my grandma gave me a gift card to Pat Catans. I shop there quite a lot and had been wanting something for some time, so with the gift card, I bought myself a Fuseworks Beginers Fusing Kit! It took me a few days and some experimentation, but I finally got it to work.
After reading the directions, I got to work. First, I pre-baked the kiln in the microwave for three minutes as the directions said. Then, I stacked a few pieces the way I wanted them, put them on a small piece of kiln paper that I cut, put it in the kiln, and then put the kiln in the microwave. I set it for three minutes. After, I pulled it out and let it sit for about an hour. When I took the lid off… nothing had happened. I was both sad and dumbfounded. I even went as far as to look up the wattage for my microwave and followed the allotted time! However, the directions did say that each appliance is different.
The next night, I tried again. This time, I put it in for four minutes. I watched the hole in the lid of the kiln and it looked like it was glowing a yellow/orange to me, so I thought, ok. Four minutes? Should be done. Pulled it out. An hour later, I opened the lid to see, to my disappointment once again, that the glass still didn’t fuse. Now I was really disappointed and dumbfounded. So, I went back and read the directions. I did learn one tip I didn’t know before: I could peek under the kiln lid as long as it was still in the microwave to see if it was fused to my liking, and if it wasn’t, I could keep going. After doing a little more research online, I felt ready to try it again.
Last night, I tried it again. This time, for six minutes. Then, I checked it. It was fusing, but I wanted it a little more fused. So, I put it in for 30 second increments for another two minutes until it was finally done. I pulled it out, lid still on, and let it sit for an hour. Then, I pulled the lid off and voila! Fused pendant!!! I was so happy I jumped up and down in my kitchen!!!
After it completely cooled, I cleaned off the remaining kiln paper with some water and it was done! All I need to do now is put a bail on and it will be completed and ready to be strung on a necklace. I can’t wait to make more things in this! I have so many ideas and I keep finding so many tutorials and inspirations, I can’t wait! Lots of good things will come from this, I just know it.
Now, as for my little review of this product: a little more info would be nice. Maybe even a few “how-to” projects to get you started just so you get the idea of it. The glass cutter? Sucks. I’ll be buying a new one. Also, you really need some separation pliers, and they don’t come with the kit. Come on, people. If you’re going to put in all that stuff we could use/need, why not add in one more tool? Other than that, I’m really enjoying it! Oh, and for those of you who have considered doing this: please keep in mind that once you use this kiln in your microwave, you cannot cook food in it again. I know this is common sense to most people, but to others, not so much. Ahem…. Ihavetobuyanewmicrowavenow… ahem…
So, there ya go. That was the glass thing I’m up to that I mentioned in my last post. I have other new things coming as well, but those will be announced as they happen. 🙂 Tonight I’ll be at a tax workshop that will be talking to crafters about filing their business taxes and all the stuff that comes with it. I want to be as informed as possible before I dive into filing my business taxes for the first time. I want it to be as painless as possible.
Has anyone been considering getting a fuseworks kiln? Or even trying something new like this? I will tell you, I’m really enjoying mine, but I’d like to know what you think or are interested in! Thanks for reading!