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    Hi all....

    Anybody on here ever used a microwave kiln?
    I've just seen them on tinternet today, you can use it for PMC and glass fusing.
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    To quote Tim McCreight (who wrote what is pretty much the metalsmiths bible)
    "One immediate problem is it is very difficult to know how long to run it. If you consider that most microwave popcorn packages say something like "Heat for one to six minutes, depending on your microwave," you get an idea of how different the units can be. If you are making a dozen identical pieces, and don'tmind melting or underfiring the first ten, you can determine the proper time for that unique shape and get those last two right. Not an ideal arrangement."

    For someone new to silverclay, I'd suggest a good torch would be more reliable. PLUS once those hot metal gasses have vented through the top into the microwave itself, you shouldn't then use if for food...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MuranoSilver View Post
      PLUS once those hot metal gasses have vented through the top into the microwave itself, you shouldn't then use if for food...

      Nic xx
      Hmm lose the use of my microwave? That's just made my mind up lol
      I can cook "proper" meals...honest

      I have a torch already, I was just wondering about these for further down the line if I want to make some bigger PMC pieces.
      I'll save for a mini kiln I think.
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      • #4
        I was going to ask about silver clay because I have not used it yet!! Some suggest a torch and others suggest using a gas hob or camping stove. Which is best?

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        • #5
          In order of fusing strength -
          Gas Hob -
          Torch Firing -
          Kiln -
          There are details of each method & their pros/cons on this thread
          http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthr...highlight=tips
          + There's extra hints tips & projects on my blog
          http://www.pmctips.blogspot.com/

          Nic xxx
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          • #6
            I agree with Nic at muranosilver. When I first started I used a blowtorch then bought a microwave kiln. The problem with the microwave kiln is there is no real way of judging the temperature of the piece and I ruined quite a few pieces until I got it right. A lot also depends on the power of your microwave.
            Undoubtoudly the best option is to get a programmable kiln but that, of course, depends on your budget and the amount of work you will be doing.

            Caroline
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