I love using inclusions with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln. A little while ago I wrote about bubble inclusions, you can read about that here. Some of my favorite fused glass inclusions are organic inclusions because they make such beautiful pieces. Organic materials such as leaves, thin vines and feathers will burn away, leaving their impression behind in the glass resulting in a fossil-like effect.
There are a few guidelines that you should stick to when including organic materials in your fused pieces:
- Make sure you only fuse very thin materials – like the thickness of a leaf – or you just won’t get your desired effect
- Make sure you only use dry materials; if the object is wet, it will not burn off
- Use contrasting or bright colors to make the image stand out
- Do not use this method to fuse plastic, paper, thick wood, food, hair, fabric or string, and be careful not to fuse in-organic materials as they may be toxic!
It only takes a few simple steps to create these beautiful pieces in your Fuseworks Microwave Kiln:
- Spray inexpensive hairspray on a small piece of fern or leaf.
- Dip material into glass powder and place it on a sheet of kiln paper on the base of the kiln.
- Cover it with one layer of glass.
- Put the kiln in a microwave and cover base with the lid. Fuse at the following temperatures: 600 watt microwave (50%) for 2 minutes, 960 watt microwave (80%) for 2 minutes, 1200 watt microwave (100%) for 30 seconds.
- Remove from microwave and allow cooling with the lid on for 45 minutes.