I have over 50 pieces of new glass available for sale. They are in the slide show on the home page and on the dichroic pendants page. Enjoy!
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Microwave oven kilns allow you to fuse glass jewelry, process silver metal clay or fire ceramics in an ordinary microwave oven.
A microkiln is a small sized kiln that uses microwaves to heat and fuse glass.
The microwave kiln is safe to use in any microwave oven but firing times will vary depending on wattage. (Another website recommends avoiding microwave ovens exceeding 1,100 watts. I tend to agree with this because glass can shatter if fired too fast). Another brand specifies 800-1000watt microwaves and NEVER an Emerson brand. (I assume they did a lot of testing before they excluded Emersons.) Do not fire longer than recommended firing times. Allow 20 to 30 minutes between firings to allow the microwave oven to cool. The small microwave that I have uses 950 watts and it generally takes 5 minutes to fully fuse a pendant, but it may take only 4 minutes or less in a 1200 watt microwave oven.
[from www.microwavekiln.com ]
Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties. The invention of dichroic glass is often erroneously attributed to NASA and its contractors, who developed it for use in dichroic filters. Dichroic glass dates back to at least the 4th century AD as seen in the Lycurgus cup.The Lycurgus Cup is a Roman glass cage cup now in the British Museum, made of a dichroic glass, which shows a different colour depending on whether or not light is passing through it; red when lit from behind and green when lit from in front. It is the only complete Roman glass object made from this type of glass, and the one exhibiting the most impressive change in colour; it has been described as "the most spectacular glass of the period, fittingly decorated, which we know to have existed".
The cup is also a very rare example of a complete Roman cage-cup, or diatretum, where the glass has been painstakingly cut and ground back to leave only a decorative "cage" at the original surface-level. Many parts of the cage have been completely undercut. Most cage-cups have a cage with a geometric abstract design, but here there is a composition with figures,showing the mythical King Lycurgus, who (depending on the version) tried to kill Ambrosia, a follower of the god Dionysus (Bacchus to the Romans). She was transformed into a vine that twined around the enraged king and restrained him, eventually killing him. Dionysus and two followers are shown taunting the king. The cup is the "only well-preserved figural example" of a cage cup.
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My name is Sharon LaCouture. I am 53 years old [single but in a relationship] I am the mother of 3 adult daughters and Old Gram Gram to Emmy [8 years old].
I am one of 7 siblings, born and raised in Marlboro Massachusetts. A Cape Codder since the late 1970's.
I have always been creative. I have thrown pots, painted in watercolors and acrylics, dabbled in photography, I wrote a book [published in 2005] "American Ferrets" and most recently, I create dichroic glass cabochons and create jewelry which I sell on my website and on ebay.