Creating fused glass jewelry used to require expensive equipment outlay, such as a large brick kiln for large production runs. The development of specially made small microwave ovens has put this exciting hobby within the reach of the novice hobbyist.

These new furnaces are made of a special material similar to the material used to protect space shuttles when they re-enter Earth's atmosphere. They are very light and compact and can be used in microwaves from 800 to 1200 watts. They are by no means a toy for young children, rather they are aimed at adults young and old and provide an inexpensive way to become familiar with glass melting. If you are looking for the best fused glass jewelry supplies visit

How does it work?

The oven opens in two pieces. All you need to do is simply open the two halves of the oven to reveal the small settling mold where you can place one or more cut pieces of colored glass.

Close the oven halves and place them in the microwave. It only takes 3 minutes and your crystal will fuse to create attractive and unique jewelry pieces. It really is that easy.

What do you need?

You can buy these ovens separately in many places, but we recommend that beginners start with a kit that contains all the equipment and materials you need.

There are several kits, but the one we've tested is pretty good. It contains all the essentials you need to start producing beautiful fused glass jewelry right away.

What you need to start fusing glass is a microwave oven, a variety of colored glass pieces, a variety of dichroic glass (a special glass that changes color depending on the viewing angle), a glass cutter (for cutting glass to the size of the settling mold) inside the oven), safety gloves and instructions.

Most microwave ovens allow you to bake jewelry around 75mm in diameter, which is usually adequate for most jewelry projects.

Art in any shape or form is truly inspiring. Glass painting designs in particular, whether they are just a rose in hand-painted glass or colored panel majestic church, with a combination of light and color, producing a beauty that leaves people enthralled and often silent in reflection.

The unusual and artistic way of designing is much easier to do than most people would think. The number of people practicing this art form is increasing day by day.

You may use patterned dichroic glass to make your artwork more impressive. You may buy patterned dichroic glass via

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Beginners learn the art of drawing by doing a simple design and soon developed into a more advanced form, glass painting has been referred to affectionately as the art on this matter and this description very appropriate item produced is highly valued and appreciated for many years.

The beauty of this artwork is flexibility. All that is needed is something to paint and something to paint on that article. Anything made of glass can be painted, and with so many design options available, the painted glass is an ideal gift for any occasion.

Many online sites provide design templates. This template is transferred from a website simply by printing them and using them at the bottom of the article to be painted. Alternatively, it is easy for the design to be copied onto paper from sources that are not protected by copyright.

Themes can be based on animals, plants, historical or religious pictures depict people. Anything that has meaning can be developed into a form or image.

The most important thing to remember about dichroic glass is that the glass itself is not dichroic. Glass does not produce color; it was the 'layers' of micro-thin sheets of various oxides and quartz that are applied to the glass surface.

This creates an 'interference filter' which acts to either reflect or transmit light depending on the oxide used, coating thickness, and other such factors. This particular glass is also popular for making Dichroic Glass jewelry.

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Creating a dichroic glass is a four-step process.

First, the glass is cleaned thoroughly in a clean environment which, depending on its eventual use, it could take up to four cleansings to make glass meet technical specifications. The smallest bit of dirt, fingerprints or where water may have undesirable effects on the glass.

After the glass is cleaned, the second step takes place – the glass is placed in a furnace or a vacuum chamber containing an electron gun and a container or containers in which the metal oxide deposited.

Water is pumped out, pressing the pressure inside the chamber and at the right time, the electron gun is activated, the evaporation of the oxide. Evaporating oxide will condense and attach to any surface in the chamber – especially glass.

After the desired oxide thickness is reached, the electron gun is turned off and new oxide positioned for use, if needed. This process is repeated until the desired thickness of the layer – or planned color – is reached.