My new favorite toy: a Fuseworks microwave kiln.

I did a fun post about how to make this pendant necklace using a quotation from Oz The Great And Powerful and it has gotten a really positive response (so thank you for that)

but what it has also gotten was a whole lot of questions about the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln that I used to make it.  This is what I have been using and it is definitely my new favorite toy!

I have been having all kinds of fun playing with this kit.  You can get them on Amazon (disclosure: I am an affiliate) or on other craft websites.  They retail for about $130, but I see them all the time for about $80.
You can easily take glass beads, marbles, whatever and melt it into something pretty.  I even broke up a wine bottle to melt that.  (Of course I had to empty it first…)
I wrapped the bottle in foil, then wrapped it in an old dish towel.  I put on my safety glasses and firmly tapped it with a hammer until it broke into little bits.
And then I just started playing around with the glass bits.  It takes about 4 minutes in the microwave to melt the broken glass into smooth little beads.

The edges might be a little sharp, especially if you are starting out with jagged edges as opposed to a nice round marble.  A nail file takes those rough edges right off of there.

So much to play around with and so many possibilities!

The fabulous Mark Montano has a book called The Big-Ass Book of Bling which is what turned me on to the Fuseworks kiln in the first place.  I am not a jewelry crafter at all, but his book gave me so many ideas as far as techniques!  (You can read my review of the book HERE)

He says he loves his kiln so much that it pretty much stays on his kitchen counter-top 24/7.
I think that mine might stay on the counter all the time too.


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