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  • Kiln advice

    I recently went on a PMC course and totally loved it! I am keen to buy my own kiln to use at home - I want to make lots of PMC charms to hang from my fine silver chunky bracelets.
    Can anyone recommend a kiln (at the lower end of the price scale if possible). I have no size constraints.
    Thanks

  • #2
    Hi

    I thinkI would probably go for a Paragon SC2 with an automatic controller.

    You should be able to pick up a good quality second hand one for around £400

    Good luck
    http://goodmonkeychatter.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Thanks, will look into that one.
      Just had a quick hunt on ebay and have come up with this;
      http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...lenotsupported
      Not sure about it though, not knowing anything about kilns!

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      • #4
        Have a look at http://www.warmglass.co.uk they have a range. I have a Firebox and I love it although it is manually (aka me) controlled.
        Kilns are delivered free.
        Terry xxx
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        • #5
          I use a kitiki mini kiln and am very happy with it. See the following for more details and go to the shop to check the prices: http://www.kitiki.co.uk/mini.htm

          Caroline
          silver jewellery at The Silver Jewellery Workshop
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          • #6
            I have a Paragon SC2 and can recommend it.
            Best wishes
            Carole

            www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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            • #7
              We have just bought one of these on ebay (auction number 250461495678) and are awaiting delivery. It is probably rubbish but will hopefully be ok for us to see if it is something we wish to get into before then spending a small fortune on one.
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              • #8
                I've got a Paragon sc2 too (it's brilliant) I also have
                an Ultralite which is for Keum boo and smaller pieces.

                Here's a round up the small kilns
                http://pmctips.blogspot.com/2009/02/...omparison.html
                (the SC2 is perfect if you later want to do copper/bronze clays,
                as it will accomodate the firing pan)

                Nicola x
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                • #9
                  Thanks for your advice everyone. I may well go with the one I found on ebay, it is sold at the PMC studio for a fair bit more. I cant afford a huge amount at the moment but want something that will take me through the next few years.
                  Is it correct that I will need the kiln to reach around 900C for PMC firing?

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                  • #10
                    900 sounds high - I fuse glass at 825 and I think silver is at about 600 but perhaps Muranosilver can confirm that.
                    Terry xxx
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                    • #11
                      It is only 600 for PMC
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                      • #12
                        Thanks, that helps a lot, no idea where I got 900 from!

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                        • #13
                          600 is too low - it wont fuse to it's fullest strength. I fire my pure ACS & PMC pieces between 850-880 which achives a better density & stronger piece. (longer firing times helps too).

                          I fire pieces with glass & natural stones in at lower temps (about 650-700 for most of them)
                          Nicola x
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