Monogrammed Bottle Stopper

Item #: PROJECT0365

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Fuseworks™


Description

Monogrammed Bottle Stopper
BY Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: 2 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult) TIME TO COMPLETE: 3 hours →?PROJECT TIP
• Wear safety glasses when glass-crafting.
• Always read and follow kiln safety rules and warnings.

MATERIALS CHECKLIST
• Fuseworks™ Microwave Kiln
• Fuseworks™ Hot Mitts
• Fuseworks™ Kiln Paper
• 1 ea. Fuseworks™ Fusible Shapes Blue, Dichroic Blue, and Green
• 1 pc. Fuseworks™ Millefiori
• Fuseworks™ “ABC” Decals
• Fuseworks™ Round Bottle Stopper
• Glass Cutter
• Safety Glasses
• E-6000®
• Scissors
• Bowl for water

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Using a glass cutter, cut a dichroic blue and a green Fusible Shape in half. Cut only the dichroic blue in half again, to make quarters. For cutting instructions, watch a video in our “Creative Corner” at www.DiamondTechCrafts.com.
2. Clean glass using paper towel moistened with water. Completely dry the surface of the glass with a lint free cloth.
3. 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. Position the blue Fusible Shape in the center of the kiln paper.
5. Place the blue dichroic quarter in the lower left side atop of the blue Fusible Shape. Lay the dichroic green to the right side. Place one milliefiori in the top left area (use the photo for placement). Align outside edges of the glass perfectly. This will create a nicely shaped circle during fusing.
6. 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.
7. When time has expired, open microwave and, using Hot Mitts, carefully lift the lid enough to inspect the fusing process. The 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.
8. 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 a long time handle with great care.
9. Next, cut out the letters to create the monogram. Place them in a bowl of water (preferably distilled) for approximately 30 seconds. Slide the backing-paper away from the decal so the decal rests against the glass. The decal should slide off backing paper easily; if not, let it soak longer. Use a paper towel to pat the moisture from the decal and glass. Should air bubbles appear, push them out with your finger.
10. Use the photo as a guide to apply decals. Allow them to dry completely.
11. Remove used kiln paper and discard. Cut a 2” X 2” piece of kiln paper. Remove the lid from the Fuseworks™ Kiln. Place the kiln paper on the kiln base
12. Place the glass with the decal face up in the center of the kiln paper.
13. Carefully set the base with glass inside the microwave. Cover base and glass with kiln lid.
14. If using a 1200-watt microwave, fuse at 50% power for 2 minutes. Heat again, at 80% for 1 minute and 30 seconds. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, increase the time to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. 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.
15. When time has expired, open microwave and, using Hot Mitts, carefully lift the lid enough to inspect the fusing process. Check your glass, if the decal appears as a white silhouette; continue fusing at 100%, adding an additional 15 seconds to the time until the decal looses the white appearance. When you are able to see the color and definition of the decal, the fusing process is complete. 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 to 40 minutes with the lid on. WARNING: Removing the lid or peeking under the lid during the cooling will result in your piece cracking. Glass remains hot for a long time handle with great caution. Cool the glass completely.
16. Glue the glass to the center of a bottle stopper. Allow it to dry before using.

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