I was initially unsure about purchasing a microwave kiln. Most posts on glass fusing sites have very few positive things to say about microwave kiln glass fusing in general. Bur this looked like so much darn fun, and I certainly don't have the monies or the space for a large proper kiln atm, so I decided to try it out anyway. So glad I did! In the past 2 months or so I've made a ton of fused glass pieces. Some of them so nice I'll be giving them as jewelry gifts for holidays (I also purchased fittings for necklaces, bracelets and earrings)! Not everything came out great, but because this is so easy and quick and less expensive (compared to making larger pieces in a proper kiln) I don't care if I bork a piece; I've plenty more glass and I can fuse it less then an hour after the previous piece. A few things to note: If you are looking to make larger pieces than jewelry size (bigger than say, 2 -3 inches square) this set is not for you. If you have as much fun as I am having with the set, the initial supplies will go quickly. There's a number of good glass supply places online you can look into for more supplies. It's not cheap, but again, you'll be spending less overall because you'll be making small items and won't need to buy a huge amount. There is a learning curve, but it was not as steep as I expected - and I've never worked with glass before. I've only one microwave and use it for both food and fusing. I just clean it out between uses; hasn't been a problem at all either food or microwave wise.
I have already recommended this to friends. This is a box of fun. The whole process is very simple and fast. It doesn't say this in the description but it takes only 3-4 minutes in the microwave and 30 minutes to cool to create a fused glass piece. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. I have also looked up further info on the internet and there are kits to "repair" the inside coating of the kiln. The instructions imply that if the inside coating is messed up then the kiln is no longer functional, but, like I said, there are repair kits available. Some people on the internet state that they have used this kiln for 25 yrs or more. There are plenty of supplies included in the kit and additional supplies are easy to find-on Overstock and other places too. This price is good. I also am experimenting with melting various glass things with varying results. Marbles didn't melt in a reasonable amount of time. This by the way, is not recommended by the manufacturer. Even kids can enjoy this with adult supervision, which I think would be absolutely necessary due to molten glass being very hot.
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