Pattern - Sweetheart Necklace
- 1. Print and cut out pattern. Place pattern under a sheet of clear glass, lining up edge of pattern with glass. Nip little pieces of dichroic scraps to cover base heart.
- 2. Use glass cutter to cut along dotted line of pattern, and running piers to break out glass pieces. Cut two of each pattern piece. (Note: Glass may have rough edges, which will disappear after fusing.) Use lint-free damp cloth to clean glass. Fit pieces as shown in photo for base of heart.
- 3. Use glass cutter or wheeled glass nipper to nip little random-sized pieces of dichroic scraps.
- 4. Place clear glass on kiln paper in shape of heart as shown in diagram. Start fitting dichroic scrap bits and pieces on top of clear until it is completely covered. Quick Tip: Try using a different base glass such as white, black or red.
- 5. Carefully set kiln base with glass inside microwave. Cover base and glass with kiln lid.
- 6. Refer to chart below to fuse. (Note: All microwave and kiln combinations have different firing patterns. Take careful notes and log all fusing times for future use.)
- 7. After time is up, open microwave and use hot mitts to carefully life lid enough to inspect fusing process. Fuse longer, in 15 second intervals, until desired results are achieved. Use hot mitts to remove kiln from microwave and place on a heat-resistant surface. Let cool for at least 30 minutes with lid on. (Note: Removing lid or peeking under lid during cooling process will cause glass to crack. Glass remains hot for a long time and should be handled with great caution.)
- 8. Thread both cord ends through heart and tie slip knot around heart. Knot ends.
- Designer Tip
- 1. Dichroic glass may darken or loose its color if over fired. To prevent this, reduce power of microwaves exceeding 800 watts. For example, if fusing in a 1200 watt microwave, reduce power to 70% for first firing of 2 minutes. When finished, open microwave, and use hot mitts to carefully lift kiln lid enough to inspect fusing process. By doing so, you will release some heat from chamber, resulting in a reduction of temperature inside kiln. Return lid to base and continue with second firing at 100% or full power