First you must decide what you want to do with the finished cabochon. This will determine the size piece you will make. Your next decision will be whether to have a black background or one that is transparent. Then it is time to pick out what dichroic glass you want to use--color, shape of design, combining different patterns, etc. There are many choices.
|Glass Cutting Board and Cutters|
Cleaning each piece of glass in the cabochon with alcohol is essential because touching the glass leaves oils from your fingers that won't burn off in the kiln. This piece has been layered and cleaned. Now it is ready to be fired in the kiln.
Then into the kiln they go to be fired. The temperature needs to increase very slowly so the glass heats up gradually. When the temperature reaches 1475 degrees, it holds for 15 minutes so the glass can melt together. Following the fusing it has to be crash cooled. This means the kiln door is held open until the temperature goes down to 850 degrees. The kiln door is then closed and the waiting begins. The kiln must drop to room temperature before opening the door again. If you open the door before that time, the glass will crack and all of your work will have been in vain. So...no peeking!
|Oh so pretty!|
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