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Bio

I've been doing fused glass for several years now, but my career in fusing started at five years old! I melted mardi gras beads in my easy-bake oven to create beautiful "fused" suncatchers. My specialty is geometric designs, and fused glass jewelry, and I love incorporating subtle iridescent touches in my pieces. I am also a metalsmith and art jeweler, so the pieces on my website feature my fused glass set in precious metals and bezel settings. http://www.katkramer.com
Recent Activity
katkramer comment on Is It Safe to Use Fused Glass for Dinnerware?
June 11, 2013

According to Bullseye, they recommend clear capping many of their glass colors in order to make them food safe. Also, I own that book, and I don't know that I trust that book to recommend food safe options. Here's Bullseye's response to that question, and it recommends clear capping. http://www.bullseyeglass.com/is-bullseye-glass-food-safe.html

Fuseworks Microwave Kiln

Fuseworks Microwave Kiln

Item# 424849
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Quick and easy, complements by bigger kilns, November 9, 2009 5 stars
Pros
Small and quick to fire, uses much less electricity and takes very little time. Perfect for a dorm or apartment. Useful for someone not wanting to spend a lot to get started doing fusing.
Cons
Small size, but this is also an advantage.
Other Thoughts
I bought this awhile back, and it sat in a closet for a few months. I've got a large Jen Ken kiln and a smaller 9" kiln that I use for bead annealing and smaller fusing. I've used the 9" kiln for making nuggets and jewelry, but sometimes I just want to test some glass reactions, or fuse some coarse frit to make nuggets or pieces of small jewelry. This is PERFECT for making nuggets...I can fuse coarse frit in 3 minutes, and within about 8 minutes it's ready to use. Previously I used the 9" to do the same thing, and it took about 2 hours. This is a time-saver and a conveniently portable little kiln. I'm taking it to my parent's RV rally in a few weeks to make custom jewelry pieces for rally attendees.
Jen Ken JK2 Kiln

Jen Ken JK2 Kiln

Item# 68807
Great kiln, great investment!, July 7, 2008 5 stars
Pros
Extremely easy to program, and large capacity for platters and multiple items. A very nice production kiln. I like that you can tell the controller what your cost of electricity is, and it will tell you how much a firing costs. I haven't used that feature yet, but it sounds very cool.
Cons
I can't think of any...the lid is heavy, but it is a large kiln. There are chains to keep it from falling backwards, but a nice modification might be a "lid assist". Forget the gym...I'm just going to work out with my kiln lid! Also, since it's 240V, I hired an electrician to install the outlet. But if you're tired of doing laundry, you could probably just re-purpose your laundry room!
Other Thoughts
I was stepping up from a small 9" AIM kiln with a three-button Bartlett controller. The Jen Ken is WONDERFUL. Programming it is EXTREMELY easy compared to my smaller kiln (I still don't know where the manual is and I've done several firings). I still keep the smaller kiln around for small firings, but the Jen Ken lets me entertain my dream of actually selling my work. Also, Delphi used freight shipping through R&L...I was EXTREMELY impressed with their customer service. A trucking company actually lets you track your order online? The driver was courteous, helpful, and my kiln arrived more quickly than I expected and in perfect condition. And as always, Delphi's customer service was outstanding. It is a joy to buy online with Delphi.
Glasskatz's info
joined:Dec 14, 2003
location:Highlands Ranch, CO US
display name:katkramer