Create a holiday bracelet with real sparkle by fusing dichroic and sheet glass. Each bead is unique and so pretty. Make beautiful bracelets for yourself or give them as gifts.
Fuseworks Kiln paper
Fuseworks Gun Metal Link Bracelet
Fuseworks Clear Dichroic Glass
Fuseworks Black Sheet Glass
Fuseworks Hot Mitts
E6000 or other glass glue
1. Measure and mark the following glass sheets: Black Sheet Glass – eleven 3/8” X 3/8” Clear Dichroic – eleven 3/8” X 3/8”
2. Using a glass cutter, cut glass to designated sizes as indicated above. Clean glass using paper towel moistened with water. Completely dry the surface of the glass with a lint free cloth.
3. Next, cut three 2” X 2” piece of kiln paper. Remove the lid from the Fuseworks Kiln. Place one sheet of kiln paper on the kiln base.
4. Layer the glass on the kiln paper. Start with the base, 3/8” X 3/8” Black glass. Evenly space glass squares on the kiln paper, no more than 4 pieces per firing. Cover the Black glass with
3/8” X 3/8” Clear Dichroic glass.
5. Carefully set the base with glass inside the microwave. Cover base and glass with kiln lid.
6. Fuse using the chart below.
7. Once glass has completely fused, remove kiln from microwave using the Hot Mitts and place on a heat resistant surface. Cool the kiln on a heat resistant surface for at least 30 minutes with the lid on. Removing the lid or peeking under the lid during the cooling will result in your piece cracking. Glass remains hot for a long time and should be handled with great caution.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you have created 11 fused glass cabochons.
9. When cooled, adhere dichroic cabochons to the disks of the Fuseworks Bracelet & allow it to dry.
10. Additional adornments such as charms & ribbons can be added to create a personalized bracelet sure to put sparkle into your holidays.
1. Try using a different base glass such as white, black or clear.
2. Dichroic Glass may darken or lose its color if over fired. To prevent this from occurring, carefully follow the fusing schedule listed below. After second firing, you can open the microwave; using Hot Mitts carefully lift the lid of the kiln enough to inspect the fusing process. By doing so, you will release some of the heat from the chamber, resulting in areduction of the temperature inside the kiln. If glass is not fused to your liking, return the lid to the base and continue to fuse in 15 second intervals until desired look.
3. All microwave and kiln combinations will have different firing patterns. Be sure to take careful notes and log all fusing times for future use.
Watts Minutes Thickness of Glass
800 3 to 4 1/4” (2 – 3/8” pcs.)
1100 70% Power 2 min; 100% 1 minute 1/4” (2 – 3/8” pcs.)
1200 70% Power 2 min; 100% 1 minute 1/4” (2 – 3/8” pcs.)
By: Jeanne Baruth