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Electric Kilns For Art Clay, PMC, Metal Clays, Annealing Beads, Ceramics, Enamelling, Fusing Glass, Glass Clay, Heat Treating, And Porcelain.

Electric Kilns is a Cherry Heaven on-line shop for table-top kilns that can use a regular 230V mains socket, such as the Paragon SC1, SC2, SC3, SC4, BlueBird, Caldera, CS ClamShell, FireFly, Fusion, Home Artist, KM, and Xpress, the Kitiki MiniKiln, the SpeedFire, and the UltraLite. Most have a digital programmer: a ramp-hold or a ramp-hold cone-fire, a 3-key, 4-key, or 12-key.

You can try most materials and processes, such as Art Clay metal clays, bronze clay, copper clay, PMC silver clay, glass clay, Accent Gold, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, SilverEtch, bead annealing, ceramics, china paints, decals, dichroic glass, enamelling, glass-art, casting, fusing, moulding, sagging, slumping, glazes, heat-treating, keum boo, knife-making, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, making jewellery, melting gold and silver, pâte de verre, porcelain, pottery, raku, and staining glass.

And you can make just about anything, within the kiln's size and temperature limits, such as architectural features, badges, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, buttons, candleholders, ceramic-art, charms, china dolls, decorations, earrings, figurines, fingerprint keepsakes, flowerpots, glass-art, curved and flat glass panels, jewellery, knives, lampshades, medals, miniatures, models, mugs, necklaces, ornaments, pendants, plates, porcelain beads, pet-id tags, rings, souvenirs, stained-glass designs, studs, tableware, thimbles, tiaras, tiles, tools, trinkets, and vases, as unique hand-crafted pieces or repeatable stock for sale.

They're ideal for your arts centre, ceramics studio, college, course venue, craft centre, engineering facilty, glass works, home, jewellery studio, medical laboratory, pottery business, research unit, school, technical workshop, or university.


Cherry Heaven TV has made an on-line photo book featuring these popular kilns: click the Cherry Heaven TV player above. It starts with the Paragon SC-1, SC-2, SC-3, and SC-4, and continues with the Blue Bird, Caldera, CS Clam Shell, Fire Fly, Fusion, Home Artist, KM, Mini Kiln, Ultra Lite, and Xpress.

CONTINUE, OR LOOK AT OTHER KILNS?

Electric Kilns Or Paragon Kilns. Or Mail Or Call A Technician For Advice.

This comprehensive internet resource lets you research and compare kilns in your own time. And it'll help you make the right choice instead of an expensive mistake: especially if, as you learn, you discover new materials or processes, want to make larger pieces, want to run classes, or find a promising business niche.


Cherry Heaven is an EU distributor, sales, and service and support centre for electric kilns, including kilns made by Paragon, Prometheus, Kitiki, Odak, and UltraLite. For convenience, I've separated the kilns into two groups on separate internet resources, Electric Kilns and Paragon Kilns, although there's cross-over:

Generally, the smaller plug-in table-top kilns are used for smaller things. They're popular for annealing beads, Art Clay metal clays, dichroics, enamelling, fusing, making jewellery, mixed-media work, PMC silver clay, porcelain, and Prometheus bronze and copper clays. Refer to Electric Kilns.

Generally, the larger wired-in floor-standing and work-top kilns are used for larger things. They're popular for annealing, casting, ceramics, earthenware, glass, heat treating, knife making, pottery, raku, and stoneware. Refer to Paragon Kilns.


Depending which resource you're currently on, links to others are above the menu bar near the top of the page. If you need help, you can mail an experienced technician or call .

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Navigating Electric Kilns.

The menu bar is the horizontal line near the top of the page. To navigate, click the links above and below the menu bar. They'll change colour just before you click so you'll know you're on the right words.

Click links above the menu bar to leave this resource and open new ones. Click links below the menu bar to stay here and look at other pages, shop on line, or mail questions.

Some links are context-aware, so the page will have links to related pages. From any other page, click the main-menu link to return to this front page.

There are no clickable words in the main text. However, there are lots of mouse-over words that generate context-sensitive pop-ups: a useful, and optional, way of explaining things. Try it here.

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Electric Kilns Prices Include UK VAT And UK Mainland Delivery.

Kiln prices include the legally-necessary lid or door safety switch where appropriate.

SUMMARY

Electric Kilns For Art Clay, PMC, Metal Clays, Annealing Beads, Ceramics, Enamelling, Fusing Glass, Glass Clay, And Heat Treating.

Most people buy their first kiln for the material or process that's enthused them: often enamels, fused glass, or silver clay. After a few successes, and failures, most people want to try different materials, make larger pieces, experiment with combinations, fire more at a time, and soon become interested in something else: or everything else. Some start a business or run classes.

There are lots of kilns to choose from. Some are for ceramics, some for glass work, some for heat treating, some for jewellery making, and some for stained glass flat panels. There are process-specific kilns, such as the BlueBird for annealing beads, general purpose jewellery-making kilns such as the SC2, and mixed media kilns such as the Xpress E12A. And lots more.

So, before buying a kiln, think about it's wider future use. And, if you want help choosing, mail or call a technician at Cherry Heaven.


However, it's worth repeating a frequent conversation. I get a call that begins: I'm interested in buying a kiln for silver clay, but I'm a bit confused about the different models.

Do you want to fire ceramics, as they generally need a 1230C to 1290C high-temperature firebrick kiln? Also, ceramic pieces are usually bowls, pots, and tiles which generally need a larger kiln. Answer, no.

Do you want to make pieces larger than about 20cm square, such as bowls, plates, and tiles, or fire lots of pieces at one go? Answer, no.

Do you want to use a regular socket? Answer, yes. Do you want the kiln to run heating, holding, and cooling programmes automatically, and then turn itself off? Answer, yes. Then look at the Paragon SC series, starting with the SC2. Then look at the Xpress series. If they're not right, look at the others.


Electric Kilns combine the best mix of ease-of-use, practical features, robust construction, and low door-to-door prices. When comparing them to similar kilns from other manufacturers or resellers, there are important considerations:

They're frequently used at course venues, and in craft centres, jewellery studios, and engineering workshops, and are referred to on line and in books: so there's lots of useful user-based help and support.

Apart from the manual UltraLite Studio kiln, the manual Caldera-S and FireFly-S, and the semi-automatic Kitiki Mini-Kiln, they all have built-in digital programmers, not separate controller boxes with extra cables.
You can set up, and re-use, sequences: mixes of heating, holding, and cooling segments that run automatically and then stop. The Paragon Sentry Xpress digital programmer doesn't have any restrictive pre-set features such as single-sequence use or material-specific programmes.

They use single-phase 230V mains, so work in the EU and most other countries. The elements are either embedded in ceramic fibre, or the kiln has a door or lid switch: an important safety feature.

It's widely believed that glass viewing-windows will cloud permanently or crack by about 925°C. To avoid this posibility Paragon kilns don't use regular glass. They use a transparent ceramic which has been time-tested at 1260°C.

Paragon Kilns have been re-engineered and comprehensively tested for the UK and Europe. They meet the demanding UL 499 standard in the US, and are CE Marked for the EU.

In the unlikely event that your kiln develops a fault, it's reassuring to know that home repairs are easy and need little more than a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. If you need help, there are on-line repair videos or an engineer can guide you on the phone. Alternatively, kilns can be repaired at Cherry Heaven.

Finally, prices. For a chosen firing-chamber volume and maximum temperature, US-made Paragon kilns, from the world's leading manufacturer of electric kilns and furnaces, cost less than kilns made in the UK, Western Europe, and Japan.


Cherry Heaven TV has made some on-line programmes and interactive demos about making and working with kilns. To look at these, use the radio, tv, or interactive links below the menu bar near the top of the page.


However, before moving on, although there's a wide range of kilns, four popular table-top kilns are worth a preview:

THE KITIKI MINIKILN: THE UK'S FAVOURITE MINI KILN

The Kitiki MiniKiln For Dichroics, Enamelling, Glass Clay, Fusing Glass, and Sintering Metal Clays.

Kitiki MiniKiln Closed

The Kitiki MiniKiln is a low-cost, plug-in, table-top kiln, usually used for dichroics, enamels, firing metal clays, fusing glass, and making jewellery. It's a 1000°C, four-sided, front-opening, ceramic-fibre kiln, with an easy-to-use 4-key digital controller.

You can make bangles, bracelets, brooches, charms, earrings, figurines, fingerprints, jewellery, keepsakes, miniatures, model parts, necklaces, painted dolls, pendants, rings, seasonal decorations, souvenirs, and thimbles.

You can try Art Clay metal clay, bronze clay, copper clay, PMC silver clay, glass clay, Accent Gold, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, SilverEtch, bead annealing, china paints, dichroic glass, enamels, glass fusing, sagging, and slumping, heat treating, laboratory tests, lampwork, lost-wax casting, making jewellery, melting silver, and staining glass. And work with many other materials and processes.


The Kitiki Mini-Kiln is probably the most popular minikiln in the UK and ideal for making jewellery at home. It's great for firing silver clay, doing enamelling, and fusing small pieces of glass.

However, it's important to understand that it has a controller, not a programmer. A controller does not offer automatic sequences with user-defined segments: it heats to a set temperature and stays there until you turn it off or reset the controller.

There are limitations, although you may be perfectly happy with what it can do rather than unhappy with what it can't. It helps if you buy a small digital timer to remind you that time's up. You can buy a digital timer in the on-line shop.


To learn more about the Kitiki Mini-Kiln, use the mini-kiln link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link for prices and any relevant options, shelf kits, and upgrades.

THE PARAGON SC2: THE UK'S FAVOURITE SMALL KILN

The Paragon SC-2 For Dichroics, Enamelling, Glass Clay, Fusing Glass, Low-Fire Ceramics, and Sintering Metal Clays.

The Paragon SC2

The Paragon SC-2 is a plug-in, table-top kiln, usually used for annealing beads and glass, Art Clay and PMC silver clays, Prometheus bronze clay and copper clay metal clays, casting, dichroics, enamelling, fusing glass, heat treating, keepsakes, making jewellery, and melting metals. It's a 1095°C, four sided, front opening, ceramic fibre kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised black, pink, purple, or turquoise.

The Paragon SC-2 comes in four versions: the SC-2 with a plain door, the SC-2B with a bead-annealing door, the SC-2W with a heat-resistant glass viewing-window, and the SC-2BW with a bead-annealing door and a heat-resistant glass viewing-window. The SC-1 and SC-1W are similar but smaller. The SC3, SC3B, SC3W, and SC3BW are similar, but 50mm taller inside.

You can make bangles, beads, bracelets, brooches, charms, earrings, figurines, fingerprints, glass art, jewellery, keepsakes, miniatures, model parts, necklaces, painted dolls, pendants, rings, seasonal decorations, souvenirs, thimbles, and tiaras.

You can try Art Clay metal clay, bronze clay, copper clay, PMC silver clay, glass clay, Accent Gold, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, SilverEtch, bead annealing, china paints, dichroic glass, enamels, glass fusing, sagging, and slumping, heat treating, laboratory tests, lampwork, lost-wax casting, low-fire ceramics, making jewellery, melting gold and silver, and staining glass. And work with many other materials and processes.


The Paragon SC2 is probably the most popular small kiln in the UK and ideal for a small business or studio. However, it's large enough to do batch work, particularly for firing silver clay, doing enamelling, and fusing small pieces of glass.

Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the SC-2 can hold a one-litre container.


To learn more about the Paragon SC-2, use the sc1:sc2:sc3:sc4 link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link for prices and any relevant options, shelf kits, and upgrades.

THE PARAGON XPRESS E12A: A HIGH-TEMPERATURE MIXED-MEDIA KILN

The Paragon Xpress E-12A For Annealing, Ceramics, Enamelling, Casting And Fusing Glass, Heat Treating, Sintering Metal Clays, And Porcelain.

Paragon Xpress E12A Open

The Paragon Xpress E12A is a high-temperature, plug-in, table-top kiln, usually used for annealing beads and glass, firing ceramics and porcelain, painting china and dolls, fusing glass and dichroics, enamelling, casting, sagging, and slumping glass, heat treating and melting metals, making mixed-media jewellery, producing cutters, dies, and tools, sintering metal clays, moulding model parts, and hardening and tempering blades and knives. It's a 1230°C, four-sided, front-opening, firebrick kiln, with an easy-to-use, ramp-hold, Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised black, pink, purple, or turquoise.

The Paragon Xpress E-12A comes in four versions: the E-12A with a plain door, the E-12AB with a bead-annealing door, the E-12AW with a heat-resistant glass viewing-window, and the E-12ABW with a bead-annealing door and a heat resistant glass viewing-window

The UK-EU Xpress E12A, made for Cherry Heaven, heats to 1230°C and is 221mm high inside. It can be upgraded to 1260°C or 1290°C. The US Xpress E12A heats to 1095°C and is 152mm high inside.

You can make bangles, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, charms, dolls, earrings, figurines, fingerprints, garden ornaments, glass-art, jewellery, keepsakes, knives, lampshades, model parts, mugs, necklaces, pendants, plates, porcelain beads, pots, rings, seasonal decorations, souvenirs, stained glass designs, thimbles, tiaras, tiles, and vases.

You can try Art Clay metal clay, bronze clay, copper clay, PMC silver clay, glass clay, Accent Gold, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, SilverEtch, bead annealing, ceramics, china painting, dichroic glass, enamelling, glass art, glass fusing, sagging and slumping, glazes, heat-treating, knife-making, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, making jewellery, melting gold and silver, pâte de verre, porcelain, pottery, raku, and staining glass. And work with many other materials and processes.


The Paragon E12-A is probably the most popular mixed-media kiln in the UK and ideal for materials and processes that need a long, high-temperature, firing sequence. It's large enough to do glass or ceramic tiles, small plates, and bowls, and batch firings of all the metal clays.

Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the Xpress E12-A can hold a three-litre container.


To learn more about the Paragon Xpress E12A, use the xpress link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link for prices and any relevant options, shelf kits, and upgrades.

THE PARAGON FUSION CS16D: THE LARGEST 13A KILN

The Paragon Fusion CS16D Kiln For Glass Work.

Paragon Fusion CS16D Open

The Paragon Fusion CS16D is the largest kiln that can use a regular socket. It's usually used for glass annealing, beads, casting, fusing, sagging, and slumping. It's a 925°C, four-sided, top-opening, firebrick kiln, with with a ramp-hold, Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer.

You can make architectural components, bowls, curved windows, figures, flat panels, glass-art, lampshades, platters, stained glass designs, and tiles, as unique hand-crafted pieces or as repeatable stock for retail.

You can try Art Clay, bronze clay, copper clay, and PMC metal clays, glass clay, Accent Gold, Metal Clay Veneer, china painting, applying decals, dichroic glasses, enamelling, glass annealing, fusing, sagging and slumping, making jewellery, lost-wax casting, and work with many other materials and processes. There's room for nine 100mm x 100mm glass tiles.

The Paragon Fusion CS16 comes in two versions: the Fusion ClamShell 16S which has an opening lid, and the Fusion ClamShell 16D whhch has an opening lid and an opening body giving an easily-accessed flat surface for arranging glasswork.

The Fusion CS14 is available as the regular Fusion CS16S and CS16D, the Fusion CS16SB and CS16DB with two bead-annealing doors, and the Fusion CS16SW and CS16DW with a heat-resistant glass viewing window. The larger CS16 needs to be wired in.

To learn more about the Paragon Fusion CS16D, use the main-menu link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then choose fusion and scroll down.

EU SAFETY REGULATIONS

EU Safety Regulations And CE Marking.

US-made kilns often have live heating elements that are exposed whenever the door or lid is open. So, to comply with EU safety regulations, an additional switch, included in the price, is fitted to cut off the power whenever the kiln is opened. Exposed live elements are very dangerous, and illegal in the UK.

ACCESSORIES, MATERIALS, AND TOOLS

Accessories, Materials, And Tools.

There's a wide range of kiln accessories, materials, precision tools, and safety equipment. To learn more, use the accessories link below the menu bar near the top of the page.

SILVER CLAY
Art Clay Silver Pendant By Petra Cameron

Aida Art Clay Silver And Mitsubishi PMC Silver Clay.

There are two popular makes of silver clay: Art Clay made by Aida Chemical Industries and PMC made by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, in Japan. They're both clay-like materials made of fine silver powder and water-soluble organic binders.

Art Clay Silver and PMC Silver, sometimes just called silver clay, metal clay, or precious-metal clay, are easy to fire: put your dried work on a kiln shelf and programme the temperature and hold-time.

As they're fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water, and the metal powder sinters, leaving solid 999 silver: real metal, not something that just looks like metal.

Although Paragon kilns include a durable shelf kit so that you can start work straight away, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time and reduce the unit-cost of firing: so you might want more than one.


Although we chose to work with, sell, and provide classes in Art Clay, both makes fire in a similar way. So any kiln suitable for Art Clay will be just as good for PMC.

If you're currently using PMC, try Art Clay. There are differences in the feel, the shrinkage, the strength, the surface lustre, the product range, the pricing, and the general commercial setup if you're running a serious business.


To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. You can buy ArtClay, bronze clay, copper clay, glass clay, gold clay, and related products in the on-line shop.

BRONZE CLAY
Bronze-Copper Lobster Bangle By Gordon Uyehara

Bronze Clay And BronzClay.

There are three popular makes of bronze clay: Bronze Clay made by ClayMania, BronzClay made by Metal Adventures, and Prometheus Bronze ProClay made by Odak. They're all clay-like materials made of fine bronze powder and water-soluble organic binders. However, they're fired in different ways:

Prometheus Bronze Clay is easy to fire: wrap your dried work in kitchen tissue or ceramic cloth, put it on a kiln shelf, and programme the temperature and hold time. It can also be fired in charcoal.

Clay Mania Bronze Clay and MetalAdventures BronzClay fire in a special way. Fired normally, the surface would oxidise so, to minimize this, they're embedded in activated charcoal granules in a covered stainless steel container. Charcoal made from coconut shells produces a natural bronze colour, and charcoal made from coal produces a colourful range of patinas.

As they're fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water, and the metal powder sinters, leaving solid bronze, an alloy of 89% copper and 11% tin: real metal, not something that just looks like metal.


The stainless steel container for the Paragon SC-2 measures 162mm x 176mm x 100mm, and holds 1 litre of charcoal. To fire larger pieces, or more pieces at the same time, you'll need a larger kiln, such as the Paragon Xpress E-12A. The container for the E-12A measures 265mm x 162mm x 152mm and holds 3 litres of charcoal.

The 1230°C firebrick E12A costs more than the 1095°C ceramic-fibre SC2. However, it's two and a half times larger than the SC-2 and is a versatile mixed-media kiln suited to continual high temperatures.

Particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so wear a HEPA mask when cleaning out your kiln, mixing kiln wash, and working with charcoals, ceramic-fibre blocks, cloths, and papers. And, ideally, use protective glasses.

Although Paragon kilns include a durable shelf kit so that you can start work straight away, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time and reduce the unit-cost of firing: so you might want more than one.


I can't recommend one clay as being the best. There are differences in the feel, the firing, the shrinkage, the strength, and the surface patinas, so try them and experiment: they're not expensive.
However, as Prometheus Bronze Clay is easy to fire and costs less than the others, try it first? It comes as 100gm of soft clay in a packet, or 10gm of creamy clay in a syringe with three tips that you can cut or shape.

There's also Creative Bronze, which is almost certainly Prometheus Bronze Clay renamed. I'll leave it you to work out why ProBronze is £19.75 for 100gm with no delivery charge and Creative Bronze is £24.95 plus £4.95 shipping.


In November 2012, 100gms of Art Clay Silver Clay costs about 24 times more than Prometheus Bronze Clay. So, if you're still in the learning phase, you can try out ideas before possibly wasting your expensive silver clay. However, bronze is a beautiful metal so, as with many materials, you need to exploit its qualities and try to produce beautiful original pieces.

To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. You can buy ArtClay, bronze clay, copper clay, glass clay, gold clay, and related products in the on-line shop.

COPPER CLAY
Copper Earring By Zina Kuscynska Richterova

Copper Clay And CopprClay.

There are four popular makes of copper clay: Art Clay Copper made by Aida Chemical Industries, Copper Clay made by ClayMania, CopprClay made by Metal Adventures, and Prometheus Copper ProClay made by Odak. They're all clay-like materials made of fine copper powder and water-soluble organic binders. However, they're fired in different ways:

Clay Mania Copper Clay and MetalAdventures CopprClay fire in a special way. Fired normally, the surface would oxidise so, to minimize this, they're embedded in activated charcoal granules in a covered stainless steel container. Charcoal made from coconut shells produces a natural copper colour.

Art Clay Copper is easy to fire: put your dried work on a kiln shelf, and programme the temperature and hold time. In most kilns, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time: so you might want more than one.

Prometheus Copper Clay is easy to fire: wrap your dried work in kitchen tissue or ceramic cloth, put it on a kiln shelf, and programme the temperature and hold time. It can also be fired in charcoal.

As they're fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water, and the metal powder sinters, leaving solid copper: real metal, not something that just looks like metal.


The stainless steel container for the Paragon SC-2 measures 162mm x 176mm x 100mm, and holds 1 litre of charcoal. To fire larger pieces, or more pieces at the same time, you'll need a larger kiln, such as the Paragon Xpress E-12A. The container for the E-12A measures 265mm x 162mm x 152mm and holds 3 litres of charcoal.

The 1230°C firebrick E12A costs more than the 1095°C ceramic-fibre SC2. However, it's two and a half times larger than the SC-2 and is a versatile mixed-media kiln suited to continual high temperatures.

Particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so wear a HEPA mask when cleaning out your kiln, mixing kiln wash, and working with charcoals, ceramic-fibre blocks, cloths, and papers. And, ideally, use protective glasses.

Although Paragon kilns include a durable shelf kit so that you can start work straight away, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time and reduce the unit-cost of firing: so you might want more than one.


I can't recommend one clay as being the best. There are differences in the feel, the firing, the shrinkage, the strength, and the surface patinas, so try them and experiment: they're not expensive.
However, as Prometheus Copper Clay is easy to fire and costs less than the others, try it first? It comes as 100gm of soft clay in a packet, or 10gm of creamy clay in a syringe with three tips that you can cut or shape.

There's also Creative Copper, which is almost certainly Prometheus Copper Clay renamed. I'll leave it you to work out why ProCopper is £19.75 for 100gm with no delivery charge and Creative Copper is £24.95 plus £4.95 shipping.


In November 2012, 100gms of Art Clay Silver Clay costs about 24 times more than Prometheus Copper Clay. So, if you're still in the learning phase, you can try out ideas before possibly wasting your expensive silver clay. However, copper is a beautiful metal so, as with many materials, you need to exploit its qualities and try to produce beautiful original pieces.

To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. You can buy ArtClay, bronze clay, copper clay, glass clay, gold clay, and related products in the on-line shop.

GLASS CLAY
Glass Clay Flowers By Geneva Perkins

Glass Clay And GlasClay.

GlasClay is made by ClayMania in vibrant colours, based on glasses from Bullseye and Oruboros. It's a clay-like material made of fine glass powder and water-soluble organic binders. It's sold as a box of twelve colours in 12gm pots.

The colours in the table below are a rough guide, and the clay powder, mixed powders, fused glass, and re-fused glass will not all look the same. They're all COE90: read this pop-up.


COLOUR COLOUR COLOUR CODE
Black Opal Bullseye 90 100
Blue Grey Opal Uroboros 90 076
Cinnabar Bullseye 90 309
Cornflower Blue Uroboros 90 408
Deep Cobalt Blue Opal Bullseye 90 147
Deep Plum Bullseye 90 1105
Emerald Green Uroboros 90 700
Grenadine Red Uroboros 90 606
Lemon Grass Opal Uroboros 90 356
Midnight Blue Bullseye 90 1118
Shaded Lawn Opal Bullseye 90 120
Vermillion Uroboros 90 6071

As it's fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water, and the glass powder fuses, leaving solid glass: real glass, not something that just looks like glass.


GlasClay is easy to fire: put your dried pieces on some ceramic shelf-paper on a kiln shelf and programme the temperature and hold time.

GlasClay can be shaped easily. You can make three-dimensional objects and free yourself from the constraint of working with flat glass. The size is only determined by the support you can give it. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity is to make your own beads without a torch.

The firing temperature and time are important: glass clays have to fuse, not melt. There's a difference between fusing and melting: During fusing, the binder in the glass clay vapourises and the glass powder particles bond to make solid glass. During melting, the glass powder particles liquify and lose their original clay-shape.

Particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so wear a HEPA mask when cleaning out your kiln, mixing kiln wash, and working with charcoals, ceramic-fibre blocks, cloths, and papers. And, ideally, use protective glasses.

Although Paragon kilns include a durable shelf kit so that you can start work straight away, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time and reduce the unit-cost of firing: so you might want more than one.


To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. You can buy ArtClay, bronze clay, copper clay, glass clay, gold clay, and related products in the on-line shop.

GOLD CLAY
Gold Clay Pendant By Claudia S Atkins

Aida Art Clay Gold And Mitsubishi PMC Gold Clay.

There are two popular makes of gold clay: Art Clay made by Aida Chemical Industries and PMC made by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, in Japan. They're both clay-like materials made of fine gold powder and water-soluble organic binders.

Art Clay Gold and PMC Gold, sometimes just called gold clay, metal clay, or precious-metal clay, are easy to fire: put your dried work on a kiln shelf and programme the temperature and hold-time.

As they're fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water, and the metal powder sinters, leaving solid 22 carat gold: real metal, not something that just looks like metal.

Although Paragon kilns include a durable shelf kit so that you can start work straight away, several shelves can be stacked to make better use of your time and reduce the unit-cost of firing: so you might want more than one.


Although we chose to work with, sell, and provide classes in Art Clay, both makes fire in a similar way. So any kiln suitable for Art Clay will be just as good for PMC.

If you're currently using PMC, try Art Clay. There are differences in the feel, the shrinkage, the strength, the surface lustre, the product range, the pricing, and the general commercial setup if you're running a serious business.


To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. You can buy ArtClay, bronze clay, copper clay, glass clay, gold clay, and related products in the on-line shop.

ELECTRIC KILNS

Electric Kilns For Annealing, Beads, Ceramics, Dichroics, Enamels, Glass, Heat Treating, Knife-Making, Metal Clays, Porcelain, And Pottery.

This internet resource is provided by Cherry Heaven, an international distributor, on-line shop, and support centre for kilns, materials, tools, and tumblers. It's not a bead, ceramics, crafts, glass, or metal-clay home-business, selling a few things to a market niche.

As it's on-line, there isn't a paper catalogue or a price list. However, you can mail or call a technician about kilns, power supplies, public area safety, a special project, business ideas, home diagnostics, repairs, or reselling opportunities.

CHERRY HEAVEN

Cherry Heaven Limited, West Holme Cottage, West Holme, Wareham, BH20 6AQ, Dorset, England.

Cherry Heaven is an on-line shop in Dorset, South-West England. The surrounding countryside includes green farmland, dramatic heritage cliffs, pretty stone cottages, historic buildings, sandy beaches, protected coves, open heathland, hill-top panoramic views, and peaceful villages. And lively seaside resorts. To look at some photos, use the dorset link on the front page.

Cherry Heaven is an EU distributor for US-made Paragon Kilns, and has been commended for an outstanding performance as one of Paragon's top-selling distributors over 2007 to : a pleasing outcome since the UK is only one third the area of Texas and one fortieth the area of the US.

PARAGON INDUSTRIES

Paragon Industries Incorporated, 2011 South Town East Boulevard, Mesquite, Texas, 75149-1122, USA.

Paragon Industries started as a family business in 1948. It's now the world's leading manufacturer of electric kilns and furnaces, and has built over 420,000. The 4,400 square-metre site, in Mesquite, Texas, USA, has over 70 full-time staff. A new 1,700 square-metre warehouse is under construction.

During manufacture, every kiln is checked at every stage by a technician and signed-off before shipping. They're simply but robustly engineered, and you're buying a comprehensive, versatile, safe, low-cost kiln: a kiln with a future.

Paragon kilns conform to the demanding UL 499 standard in the US, and are CE Marked for the EU. Paragon is Greek for Model Of Perfection.

CLASSES AND COURSES

The Kitiki Studio's Classes And Courses.

The Kitiki Studio provides an Art Clay educational programme, as classes, masterclasses, workshops, and Art Clay Level 1 and Level 2 certification. However, as we're in a rural area, I can recommend teachers that might be nearer. If you're interested, mail or call.

SHOPPING

On-Line Shopping At Cherry Heaven.


DISCOUNTS AND RESELLING

Discounts, Trade Prices, And Business Opportunities.



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