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Microwave Kilns

Hello, and my very best to you and yours.

Here is one thing I’ve been thinking about over the last few days that I’m excited to share with you.

I have decided to produce an e-guide on using a microwave kiln for drawing & painting on glass. To create this guide, I will add bits of the guide to my newsletter and put the bits together later.

I hope to bring energy and passion to the project and inspire you to be a MiK artist if you aren’t already. (I will use ‘MiK” as an abbreviation for microwave kiln.)

If stained glass is not your thing, I hope you will pass this on to someone who might be interested. Subscribe to my newsletter to get exclusive updates to the e-guide.

I have three electric kilns in my studio. Two are large, and one is small. I have worked with electric kilns for painting on glass for years. But the convenience and speed of the microwave kiln have recently attracted my interest.

Here is a video showing a cyclamen leaf glass painting fresh out of a microwave kiln. 

Why use a Microwave Kiln (MiK)?

  • Glass is another surface on which to draw.

If you like to draw, print, or paint, you will like using glass as a new medium. It’s pretty forgiving, and the results are 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 $30 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 hours.

  • 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.

  • The most interesting aspect I am currently investigating is that decals you create can be produced (at home) digitally on a cheap Canon laserjet printer, transferred, and fired onto pieces of glass in a MiK.

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