“Little Flowers” (Milliefiori) Bottle Stopper
BY: Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: (Adult 1-5: 1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult) 3
TIME TO COMPLETE: 2 1/2 hour
Fuseworks™ Clear Sheet Glass
Silver Flat Bottle Stopper
25 to 30 Millefiori
Use a glass cutter and cut a 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” clear square.
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.
Center the Milliefiori on the kiln paper, creating a 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” square. Cover with the clear glass.
Carefully set the base with glass inside the microwave. Cover base and glass with kiln lid. Fuse using the chart below. 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.
1200 watt Microwave
50% 2 minutes
70% 2 minutes 30 seconds
After the initial firings, open microwave and, using Hot Mitts, carefully lift the lid enough to inspect the fusing process. Add additional time in 30-second increments until desired results are achieved. 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. 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.
When cool, adhere the fused glass to a silver bottle stopper. Use a glass adhesive such as E6000®. Allow it to dry according to glue manufacturer’s directions.