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1. Nip 10 dichroic squares into triangles and nip triangles in half to create smaller triangles with wheeled glass nippers while wearing safety glasses.
2. Place 2”x2” piece of kiln paper on kiln base and arrange triangles leaving 1/8” space between each. Don’t try to fit all the pieces in at once; this step may take two sessions to complete the triangles.
3. Fuse for 1 minute at 70% power, 1 minute at 80% power and 30 seconds at 100% power. Wearing Hot Mitts, check progress as you go; the kiln will have an orange-red glow. Continue fusing in 30-second intervals until triangles look slightly melted.
4. Wearing hot mitts, remove kiln from microwave and allow kiln to cool on a heat-resistant surface for at least 30 minutes before using it again.
5. When cool, remove triangles from kiln paper. Place new 2”x2” piece of kiln paper on kiln base and arrange two rounds on kiln paper at least 1/8” apart.
6. Arrange triangles to form leaf shape on top of each round.
7. Fuse for 1 minute at 70% power, 1 minute at 80% power and 30 seconds at 100% power. Wearing mitts, check progress as you go. Glass should have a light glow.
8. Wearing mitts, remove kiln from microwave. Allow kiln to cool on a heat-resistant surface at least 30 minutes before using it again.
9. Repeat Steps 6-8 to create additional charms.
10. When glass is cool, remove rounds from kiln paper. Adhere drink charms to back of rounds; let dry.
All microwave and kiln combinations will have different firing patterns. Be sure to take careful notes and log all fusing times for future use. This project was made using a 1000 Watt microwave; please adjust firing time accordingly.
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