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you can actually melt glass in a microwave quite easily. The material in the microwave kiln is a microwave susceptor. Typically, this is silicon carbide, available as a powder. It's mixed with refractory material. Once the glass becomes hot (as a result of the hot silicon carbide), it actually becomes a microwave susceptor. The hot glass will begin to glow red, eventually melting under the effects of the RF energy.
You'll need a microwave glass fusing kiln. It won't work without one. The biggest downside to microwave glass kilns is that they are small. You can only do one piece at a time, and the pieces can't be much larger than about 1 1/4" in diameter. The upside is that is only takes 3-4 minutes to fuse a piece in the microwave, and another half-hour or so to cool down. I'm not sure what you mean by glass layout, placement, confetti - these would be design considerations, so it would depend on what you wanted to make. I have a microwave kiln and it's fun to play with, but for serious pieces you'll want a real kiln eventually.
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Posted:Jan 9, 2010
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