I hanker for a proper kiln because making fused dichroic glass pieces not only looks relatively easy but the results are simply stunning.  There are some other tools like glass cutters, fusing paper and so on but the kiln is most expensive item needed.

Consider renting time in a facility - some shops which sell stained glass and such art glass supplies often have workshops and equipment which they do make available for a fee. For those of you who live in Halifax, Canada, Cranberry Studios in Bayers Lake Industrial Park has this service.

So here are some tutorials which show how the art glass is created. Each tutorial has different tips so they are all worth checking out.

Different types of glass are cut out and stacked/glued before firing in the kiln. Bails can be glued onto the resulting pendants or use a wire work cabochon technique.

The above beautiful Silver/Blue Ripple Glass pendant tutorial by Masters Glass Art is certainly lovely. Via

I also liked Glass Kanvas' Basic Dichroic Glass Tutorial because she explains the materials and tools she uses very well.

There are two types of kilns - the electrical temperature controlled ones as well as microwave kilns. The latter are much cheaper but will require some experimentation to get the firing times right.  Check out Heidi Lusk's Fused Glass Pendant tutorial for 3 designs which was created  in a microwave kiln.  There is also an accompanying video. Note, the microwave is dedicated to fused art glass work and not used for food after.

Rio Grande has a great fused glass pendant video pendant which uses the other kind of kiln.There are other inspirational designs featured including a gold foil one.

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