Colors dance and swirl on the surface of this medallion as fall leaves on a blustery day. Make this autumnal treat in an afternoon using the Fuseworks™ microwave kiln.
1 pack- Fuseworks™ 90 COE 1" Clear Rounds
1 pack - Fuseworks™ 90 COE 1" Dichroic Rounds
1 pack- Fuseworks™ Kiln Paper
1 pack- Fuseworks™ Variety Frit or Bits and Pieces
Antique Circle Copper Tag
Copper-Tone Metal Chain 4mm X 9mm
Fuseworks™ Microwave Kiln
Fuseworks™ Hot Mitts
Fireworks™ Safety Glasses
Heat resistant surface, such as a trivet or ceramic tile
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 1200 Watt microwave; please adjust the firing time accordingly.
1. Using an craft knife, scrape off a 1/16" -1/8" wide strip of dichroic coating down the center of a round dichroic piece to form a trunk, scrape more from the center of the line to the top left of the circle to form a branch.
2. Clean glass using paper towel moistened with water. Completely dry the surface of the glass with a lint free cloth.
3. Next, cut a 2" X 2" piece of kiln paper. Remove the lid from the Fuseworks™ Kiln. Place the kiln paper on the kiln base.
4.Place the dichroic circle on the kiln paper. Sprinkle small pieces of red, orange, yellow and black frit on top to mimic fall leaves. Cover with the clear glass circle.
5. Carefully set the base with glass inside the microwave and cover with kiln lid. Fuse in a 1200-watt microwave at 50% for 2 minutes; 80% at 1 minute; 30 seconds. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, increase the power percentage but, keep time consistent. PLEASE NOTE: All microwave and kiln combinations will have different firing patterns. Be sure to take careful notes and log all fusing times for future use.
6. After time is up, open microwave and, using Hot Mitts, carefully lift the lid enough to inspect the fusing process. Glass is fused when the edges of the glass are nicely rounded. If necessary, continue to microwave at 15-second increments until desired results are achieved.
7. Remove kiln from microwave using the Hot Mitts and place on a heat resistant surface. Cool the kiln for at least 30 minutes WITH THE LID ON.
Caution: Removing the lid or peeking under the lid during the cooling stage may result in your piece cracking. Glass remains hot for at least 1/2 hour, handle with great care.
8. Once cooled, clear gaps will appear in the dichroic glass along the cut lines. Turn the piece over and use a black Sharpie® marker, to blacken the area where the clear gaps appear.
9. This creates the trunk of the tree. Glue the circle to an Antique Circle Copper Tag by Nunn Designs. Allow glue to dry per glue manufacturer instructions.
10. Measure a desired length of the copper-tone metal chain to slip over your head. Find the center of the chain by folding it in half. Open the center link with pliers and hook the copper tag with the glass onto the link. Close the link with pliers, securing the tag to the chain. Open a link at one end of the chain. Loop it through the remaining loose end to connect and close link.