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Microwave Kiln

Microwave Kiln

Item# 68814
Inconsistant, December 31, 2008 2 stars
Pros
An option for someone who doesn't plan on ever doing enough fusing for a real kiln.
Cons
If you have another kiln to use, this is a waste of time and money. Consistantly INconsistant!
Other Thoughts
This kiln is virtually impossible to calibrate. The tiniest differences in size or shape of your piece makes for a major hassle recalibrating cook times. So much easier to use a real kiln. The time you save by using a microwave is wasted trying to get consistant results. My time is too valuable to continue using this kiln.
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Glass Beadmaking

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Glass Beadmaking

Item# 6304
0 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Tons of info..., October 29, 2008 5 stars
Pros
I have had many other bead books before this one, and this one is probably the most comprehensive. Great reference book!
Cons
Newbies may want to start with something a little more trimmed down.
Microwave Kiln Techniques

Microwave Kiln Techniques

Item# 6637
Not recommended, June 29, 2008 1 stars
Pros
Recommended firing times, calibration and preheating tips may prove useful.
Cons
Badly written, tons and tons of typos, leave out project steps, half of book is just recaps and copies of the instructions that come with the kiln. The 13 pages that are not recaps are mostly covered with big basic templates and dark black and white photos of unattractive projects. Only a sentence or two about metal clay, and then the recommended firing times. One stained glass project where they just fuse some frit on the pieces before assembling. Basic fusing projects like how to make a cab, double layer cab, etc. that would only be helpful if you had never fused before, yet the project is not detailed enough for a total beginner.
Other Thoughts
Extremely disappointed, annoyed, and even angered by this purchase. This "book" appears to be totally unedited and written in a few hours. The author and publisher are the same, and you get the impression that this is just an attempt to whip out another book to add to the other 28 that they've published.
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joined:Feb 15, 2005
location:Nashville, TN US
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