I found this tutorial yesterday on Lampwork.etc and thought my readers would like to try it out! It was posted by fionac.
Mini Pot Melt
Go to the hardware/gardening store, buy 5 (you only need one but you're gonna get hooked so may as well stock up) 7.5cm (3") tall terracotta pots for a buck each. Grab DH's favorite chisel and a hammer and chip away at the bottom holes so it's a about 5cm (2"). Grab 3 busted ass mandrels and twist them together to line the pot
Grab a handful of shorts in complemenatary colors (try to avoid reds and don't mix sulpher and copper base colors ie Ivory + turq = crap). I use 250g (8.8 oz) for a 12.5cm (5") tile, dump them in the pot
use fiber or KL board to cut a square dam and place onto kiln shelf or another bit of fiber board. Don't use BE paper. Place it in the kiln
Ramp Full to 900C, hold around 30 mins, Ramp Full to 540C, hold 1 hour, Ramp 140C to 400C. Kiln OFF, if you are patient, don't open 'til room temp, if not crank the door 1" at 150C and 2" at 65C to speed it up