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I teach creative craftspeople how to use vitreous paints and a microwave kiln to fuse hand-painted details on their flat glasswork. This gives them more freedom with their designs without spending a fortune. I developed this “New Renaissance Kitchen Glass Painting System” while tinkering around in my studio.

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Why use a microwave kiln (MiK)?

Glass is another surface on which to draw.
If you like to draw, print, or paint, you will enjoy using glass as a new medium. It’s forgiving, and the results are super neat.

MiKs take up a small amount of space.
My microwave kiln measures 7 2/3″W X 4 1/3″D. At less than $40 for a MiK, it’s a way to invest a little while achieving a big impact in your stained glass.

Firing painted pieces is a shortcut to upgrading your current or future stained glass work. With an interior fusing platform of 4 3/4″, you can work with pieces about 4 inches in diameter or less. If you imagine adding it to a larger panel, that’s a decent size. I wish I had known about MiKs a long time ago.

Microwave kilns give faster results than conventional kilns. Therefore MiKs allow for faster experimentation and ideation. We’re talking 2-3 hours versus 24-hour wait time.

MiKs are safe if used properly. Yes, they get HOT, so common sense is necessary. They can reach to 900°C (1650 °F) when operating.

In addition to painting and drawing on glass, you can fuse glass in a MiK. Some people have even successfully fired small ceramic pieces in a modified raku style.

MiKs provide a great way to use glass scraps. Little scraps can be melted into glass blobs. I don’t need to tell you the endless things you can do with glass blobs.