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.
So they are not Swarovski but they also don't cost nearly as much. They are excellent for crafts, nice sizes, nice colors. The only thing I would change is that there are a few unusual colors included (e.g. Peach) but not many of them in the bag. But all the others - blue, green, pink, etc. there are plenty. The sizes are also great - no tiny ones that you'll never use.
This product is soo easy to use to do basic glass etching. You just brush it on where you want the etching, wait a few minutes, rinse and let dry. You are left with a lovely design. I totally recommend for those wanting to do simple glass etching and great for crafting with kids.
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