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The Kitiki MiniKiln For for Art Clay and PMC silver clays, Prometheus bronze clay and copper clay metal clays, enamelling, glass fusing, and making jewellery.

The Kitiki Mini-Kiln is a low-cost, plug-in, table-top kiln, generally used for firing metal clays, annealing, china paints, decals, dichroic glasses, enamelling, glass fusing, sagging, and slumping, heat treating cutters, dies, and tools, making jewellery, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, melting silver, moulding model parts, and pâte de verre.

It's a 1000°C, four-sided, front-opening, ceramic-fibre, table-top kiln, with a 4-key digital controller. It's probably the most popular mini kiln in the UK.

It's ideal for your arts centre, college, course venue, craft classes, engineering workshop, home business, jewellery studio, medical laboratory, school, or technical facility.

It heats up quickly, so it's just right for a classroom, and it's small enough to pack away if you want an occasional hobby kiln. As it only weighs about 6kg, it's easy to take to craft fairs, demonstrations, and exhibitions.


You can work with diverse materials such as Accent Gold, Art Clay metal clays, GlasClay, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, PMC silver clay, ProCopper clay, Prometheus bronze clay, and SilverEtch.

You can make just about anything, within the kiln's size and temperature limits. Here are some ideas: badges, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, buttons, charms, cuff-links, dolls, earrings, figurines, fingerprint keepsakes, jewellery, miniatures, model parts, necklaces, pendants, pet-tags, rings, seasonal decorations, souvenirs, and thimbles.


For prices, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. They're for UK-EU voltage CE-marked kilns and include comprehensive instructions, a kiln shelf, UK VAT, and UK mainland delivery. So, no other charges and you can start work straight away.


Cherry Heaven TV has made a photo book featuring other popular kilns: click the Cherry Heaven TV Player above. To learn more about them, use the links above the menu bar near the top of the page.

THE KITIKI MINIKILN: PHOTOS

The Kitiki Mini Kiln For Bead Annealing, Dichroic Glass, Enamels, Glass Fusing, Heat Treating, And Firing ArtClay, PMC, And Metal Clays.

To look at the pop-up photos, hold your mouse over the zoom buttons below: you don't need to click.


The Kitiki MiniKilnThe Kitiki MiniKiln.

The AX-4 Digital ControllerThe AX-4 Digital Controller.

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 .

THE KITIKI MINIKILN METAL CLAYS, DICHROICS, ENAMELS, AND GLASS FUSING
The Kitiki MiniKiln

The Kitiki Mini Kiln For Bead Annealing, Dichroic Glass, Enamels, Glass Fusing, Heat Treating, And Firing ArtClay, PMC, And Metal Clays.

The Kitiki Mini-Kiln is a low-cost, plug-in, table-top kiln, generally used for firing metal clays, annealing, china paints, decals, dichroic glasses, enamelling, glass fusing, sagging, and slumping, heat treating cutters, dies, and tools, making jewellery, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, melting silver, moulding model parts, and pâte de verre.

It's a 1000°C, four-sided, front-opening, ceramic-fibre, table-top kiln, with a 4-key digital controller. It's probably the most popular mini kiln in the UK.

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


The UK-EU kiln is rated at 230V 700W, so it can use a regular mains socket. To comply with EU safety regulations, the elements are embedded: an important safety feature. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.

The outer steel case measures 224mm x 244mm x 274mm high, and is slotted for air circulation: so it keeps cool. The door is hinged on the left, opens 90°, has a positive-action ball catch, and has a small vent-hole for processes that release fumes. The vent also serves as a peephole: it's not a glass window.

The ceramic firing chamber, enclosed in an inner steel case, measures 113mm x 135mm x 66mm high internally, and heats from the top, sides, and bottom, with the fast-firing elements safely embedded in the fibre: important if you're working in a public space or you like to open the door whilst you work


The accessories for this kiln are in the on-line shop:

stacking shelf kit and shelf paper
ceramic fibre cloth
ceramic block
HEPA dust mask
glare-resistant glasses
heat-resistant gloves

And finally, my opinion.

The Kitiki MiniKiln is a reliable, robust, well-made kiln at a good price. It's small enough to use in your home, school, craft workshop, jewellery studio, or course venue, as it only weighs about 6Kg. It's guaranteed for a year, and there's an informed and supportive user-base, and international spares and repair centres.

The Kitiki MiniKiln is sometimes called an Art Clay kiln, a craft kiln, an enamelling kiln, a glass fusing kiln, a jewellery kiln, a hobby kiln, a metal clay kiln, a PMC kiln, a Prometheus Kiln, a Prometheus Pro-1 Kiln, a SilverClay kiln, or a trinkets kiln: a measure of its popularity.

THE KITIKI MINIKILN: NOTES

The Kitiki MiniKiln: Notes.

It's very important to understand that the Kitiki Mini-Kiln has a digital controller, not a comprehensive digital programmer such as the Sentry Xpress on the Paragon SC2. There are limitations, although you may be perfectly happy with what it can do rather than unhappy with what it can't.

The Mini Kiln digital controller isn't the same as a digital programmer. It doesn't offer sequences and segments: it heats to a set temperature and stays there until you turn it off. For most people doing small-scale work, that's enough, although 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.

The Paragon SC-2 digital programmer allows you to set up, and re-use, four accurate drying, heating, holding, and cooling sequences: and do something else whilst the sequence is running. A sequence can consist of up to eight segments.
A segment is one step in a sequence: often the time it takes to reach a target temperature. For example: a segment could take 50 minutes to reach 650°C, could hold at 850°C for 12 minutes, or could cool down over two hours.


The MiniKiln has a smaller firing chamber than that of the Paragon SC2, so you can't fill three shelves with twenty-four pieces of jewellery: just four or five average things on the floor of the firing chamber, on a ceramic-fibre cloth or shelf. And it heats to 1000°C, not 1095°C.

The Mini-Kiln door opens 90° so, unless the kiln has cooled completely, you need to careful not to burn your hand taking pieces out. The SC-2 door opens 180°.


Some bronze and copper clays are fired in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container. The MiniKiln isn't large enough to hold a standard container, although you could experiment with other small containers or have one made. The SC2, SC3, E9A. E10A, 1193, and Caldera hold a one-litre container: the E12A, E14A, and J14A hold a three-litre.

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.

If you want to touch anything hot or move your kiln before it's cooled off, it's important to wear heat-resistant gloves. And, if you want to look into a red-hot kiln, wear glare-resistant glasses which protect your eyes from IR and UV.


The kiln is fired to 1000°C in the factory to harden the ceramic, so it may not look bright white. It's also important to understand that all ceramics develop hairline cracks or tiny bits may flake off: this does not affect its safety or use.

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, an engineer can guide you on the phone.

THE KITIKI MINIKILN: KILN FURNITURE

The Kitiki MiniKiln Kiln Furniture.

There's a recommended kit, included in the price: one ceramic-fibre shelf 75mm x 118mm x 6mm for metal clays, enamels, and glass.

There's an extra recommended kit, not included in the price: one ceramic-fibre shelf 75mm x 118mm x 6mm and four 12mm shelf posts. You can buy extra shelf kits in the on-line shop.

Depending on the material or process, and the sizes of your pieces, stacked shelves will hold more work, free up your time, and reduce the unit firing cost: so you might want more kits. This kiln has room for two.


If extra kits are packed with the kiln, the delivery charge doesn't increase. Ordered later, not with the kiln, they need a box and protective packing and attract an extra delivery charge. Outside the UK mainland, this might be expensive. So, if you think you'll need them, order them with your kiln, along with any other accessories, materials, parts, or tools.

KITIKI KILNS MADE FOR CHERRY HEAVEN AND THE EU

Kitiki Kilns Made For Cherry Heaven And The EU.

The Kitiki MiniKiln has been re-engineered and comprehensively tested for the UK, so will work in the EU and most other countries. It's CE Marked and complies with EU safety standards.

It uses regular single-phase 230V mains, and has 230V EU elements. The heating elements are embedded in ceramic fibre: an important and legally necessary safety feature. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.


The Kitiki MiniKiln has a UK three-pin plug. If you're not in the UK, use a plug adapter or cut off the UK plug and fit your own: it won't invalidate the guarantee.

WHY BUY A KITIKI MINIKILN?

The Kitiki MiniKiln Compared to Similar Kilns.

The internet, like any other unchecked resource, is open to claims that whatever is being sold is the best, the newest, or the cheapest, and it's being sold by the largest dealer or the premier distributor.

This comprehensive internet resource will help you choose the right kiln, and avoid making an expensive mistake: especially if, as you learn more, you discover new materials or processes, want to make larger pieces, decide to run courses, or find a promising business niche.

So, why buy a Kitiki MiniKiln from Cherry Heaven? Let's look at what else is available:

Cherry Heaven is a distributor for the Kitiki Mini-Kiln: it's in a smart black finish, However, at least one company is selling the same kiln as the Prometheus Pro-1 and painted red, that costs about 44% more.

If you want a larger kiln with a comprehensive programmer, look at the SC-2. If you want a hotter kiln, for ceramics, look at the Caldera-A. If you want a larger hotter kiln look at the Xpress-E12A. I've included a specification table below and, further down the page, a comprehensive comparison with other makes.


VERSION DESCRIPTION MAX °C POWER W WEIGHT KG FIRING CHAMBER INTERIOR SIZE MM
MiniKiln 1000 700 6 ceramic fibre 113 x 135 x 066
SC2 1095 1680 16 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 145
SC2B bead door 1095 1680 16 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 145
SC2W window 1095 1680 16 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 145
SC2BW bead door and window 1095 1680 16 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 145
SC3 1095 2000 18 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 195
SC3B bead door 1095 2000 18 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 195
SC3W window 1095 2000 18 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 195
SC3BW bead door and window 1095 2000 18 ceramic fibre 199 x 204 x 195
Caldera-A 1290 1800 20 firebrick 203 x 203 x 171
Xpress-E12A 1230 2700 38 firebrick 216 x 305 x 222

The digital controller allows you to set a target temperature. There are no restrictive features such as single-sequence use or pre-set fixed programmes.

Pre-set fixed programmes might seem to be an advantage. However, having experimented and diversified, many people fire materials, or combinations of materials, at different temperatures and for different times than are recommended. So pre-sets soon become a serious limitation.


The MiniKiln heats from the top, both sides, and the botton. This minimises the front-to-back temperature difference that's common with smaller kilns. The elements are embedded in ceramic fibre, an important safety feature if you run classes or like to open the door or bead door whilst you work. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.


Although there's cross-over, 1000°C front-opening ceramic-fibre kilns that heat and cool quickly, such as the MiniKiln, are preferred for Art Clay and PMC metal clays, dichroic glass, enamelling, glass clays, and mixed-media jewellery.

And, generally, 1230°C to 1290°C front or top-opening firebrick kilns that heat and cool evenly, such as those in the Caldera and Xpress series, are preferred for ceramics, porcelain, pottery, and stoneware, especially as firebrick kilns are better suited to continual high temperatures.


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, we can repair the kiln in our workshop at Cherry Heaven.


Kilns from competing manufacturers typically don't have built-in programmers, don't come with professional shelf kits, have out-dated features, use restrictive pre-set programmes, aren't in stock, or there are no spares. They're generally more expensive, but smaller and don't get as hot, so less versatile. Mis-leading first-sight prices often exclude delivery and VAT.

Here are a few facts that you can easily check for yourself, based on net-shop specifications and prices in June 2011 for Efco, Evenheat, and KilnCare kilns. However, buy a Paragon and, with the saving, you can treat yourself to a luxury five-star weekend break.


The Efco 110, 135, 150, and 180 kilns don't have rotary controllers or digital programmers: without one, they'll just heat up and burn out. The KilnCare EN-1, EN-2, and EN-3 kilns have built-in manual rotary controllers.

So they're all usually sold with a KilnCare KCR1 digital programmer, probably made by Stafford Instruments. It's a separate box with a separate mains cable, a separate thermocouple, and a separate stand: so more stuff on your worktop. This adds about £300 to what might appear to be the price of the kiln.

The Paragon SC series kilns have built-in, comprehensive, automatic, digital programmers, with just three keys: you set the ramps and holds in sequence: you're not stuck with pre-sets that will restrict you sooner or later. So remember this when someone tells you that some programmers have confusing menus and masses of buttons.


The Paragon SC2 is 540% larger inside than the Efco 110 and 145°C hotter. It's 300% larger inside than the Efco 135 and costs about £30 less. It's 220% larger inside than the Efco 150 and costs about £85 less. It's about 20% larger inside than the Efco 180 and costs about £155 less.

The Paragon SC2 comes with a professional shelf kit, a tough shelf on posts, rather than the Efco shelf on a pay-extra metal gauze stand. It's a personal thing, but I don't want metal scraping away at the floor of the kiln every time I move the shelf.

If you really want a small fast kiln, look at the Kitiki MiniKiln: it's 100°C hotter than the Efco 110, costs about £180 less, and uses 22% less power. Use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page.


The Paragon SC2 is 380% larger inside than the KilnCare EN1, 95°C hotter, and costs about £415 less. The Paragon SC3 is 33mm less tall than the KilnCare EN2, but 95°C hotter, and costs about £635 less. The Paragon Xpress E12A is 226% larger than the KilnCare EN3, 230°C hotter, and costs about £485 less: a true mixed-media kiln.

All the Paragon kilns include a professional shelf kit. And, again, it's a personal thing, but I prefer the mains cable to exit from the back of the kiln, as with Paragon, rather than from the side where it gets in the way, as with KilnCare.


The Paragon SC2 has been copied as the Evenheat KingPin, Evenheat PMC Kiln, Evenheat Set-Pro, Evenheat E-360, and Evenheat Sierra. They cost at least £250 more, which is probably why so few people sell them or own them. Only the SC2 includes a shelf kit.

They have restrictive pre-set programmes, don't include a shelf kit, and have an irritating door ball-catch. And copy-kilns don't have Paragon's international, informed, and supportive user-base, or EU spares and repair centres.

The Paragon SC2B has a bead door. The SC2W door includes a 50mm x 50mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window: not just has a small peephole. The Paragon SC2BW has a bead door and window, making it more versatile.


The Paragon SC2B is over five times larger than the KilnCare Bead Cube and 175°C hotter. It's about the same size as the KilnCare Maxi, 445°C hotter, and costs about £170 less.

If you want a kiln specifically designed for batch-annealing beads, look at the Paragon BlueBird series: especially as the regular BlueBird is wider than the Maxi and costs about £95 less. The BlueBird XL is a professional batch-annealing kiln: it's 230°C hotter than the Maxi, so more versatile.


Finally, the SC2 is large enough to accommodate the charcoal-filled stainless steel container needed to fire some of the bronze and copper clays, both described further down this page.


The MiniKiln heats to 1000°C: hotter than an enamelling kiln or a glass-fusing kiln. It's rated at 230V 700W, so it can use a regular mains socket. The heating elements are embedded in ceramic fibre: an important safety feature. It has a digital controller that sets the temperature. And it's the most popular mini-kiln in the UK.

If you want a larger kiln look at the SC-2. If you want a hotter kiln, for ceramics, look at the Caldera-A. If you want a larger hotter kiln look at the Xpress-E12A. I've included photos and a specification table below, for comparison.

If you need help choosing or have a specific project, mail or call. However, all the kilns are described on their own pages.

Owners call it their Art Clay kiln, PMC kiln, metal-clay kiln, bead-annealing kiln, bead kiln, bronze-clay kiln, copper-clay kiln, dichroic-glass kiln, enamel kiln, enamelling kiln, glass kiln, glass-clay kiln, glass-fusing kiln, jewellery kiln, jewelry kiln, lampwork kiln, silverclay kiln, small kiln, or studio kiln. This diversity is a good reflection of its popularity.


When a kiln is described as being larger, it means it has a larger firing-chamber volume. A wider bead kiln has space for more bead rods. A taller kiln allows you to stack up more shelves and make better use of your time. A higher maximum temperature allows you to work with more materials and processes in the future. And an automatic programmer will run a complicated programme by itself and then turn the kiln off.

Running costs are low, as ceramic fibre heats up quickly and is an effective insulator. In any comparison, the wattage is not the only cost-indicator: it depends on the heat-up time during a ramp, the number and duration of off-periods during a hold, and the interior useable volume of the kiln.


It should be self-evident that there are more kilns, and more variations of those kilns, here at Electric Kilns and Paragon Kilns than on any other UK, and probably EU, internet resource. And, if you want a 1230°C version of a 1095°C kiln, we'll often be able to get one made for you.

If you need help choosing or have a specific project, mail or call. However, all the kilns are described on their own pages: use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page.

FIRING CHARACTERISTICS

How Electric Kilns Work.

Generally, programmable kilns work like this: as soon as the programmer's sequence starts, the kiln starts to heat up. The thermocouple tells the programmer the current internal temperature and, depending on the sequence you've chosen, the programmer turns the elements on or off to control the heating rate, maintain the target temperature, or control the cooling rate. When the sequence is complete, the kiln beeps, and the sequence stops.

For safety, the programmer doesn't switch the full mains voltage. Instead it drives a relay, an electro-mechanical switch. The programmer uses a low voltage to activate the switch which turns the high voltage elements on or off.


When the target temperature is reached, the programmer switches the elements off. However, residual heat in the firing chamber allows the internal temperature to overshoot the target temperature briefly before starting to fall back.

This overshoot is more evident at low temperatures than at high temperatures. For example: 300°C will probably overshoot to 330°C whereas 800°C will probably only overshoot to 805°C before starting to fall back.

During the hold-time, with the elements still off, the temperature starts to fall. When the programmer switches the elements back on, the firing chamber will initially absorb some of the new heat before the temperature recovers. The continual switching of the elements on and off causes the internal temperature to oscillate either side of the target temperature.

This is similar to central heating. If you set it for 21°C, it probably oscillates, quite slowly, around 20°C to 22°C: and you won't notice. The accuracy will depend on where the thermostat is sited, how quickly it responds, how accurate it is, how long it takes for the radiators to heat up, and if you have doors and windows open. The temperature will probably be slightly different in each room.

So, regardless of the thermocouple temperature, the actual temperature of your work will be slightly different, depending on its position on the kiln shelf, the vertical spacing of any stacked shelves, and its nearness to the elements, a lid, a door, a bead door, or a window. Learn to take it into account if you're working with temperature-critical materials or processes.


Remember that glass needs radiant heat and will fuse, sag, or slump better on one shelf at the bottom than between closely stacked shelves.


Kiln doors and lids are not meant to be a perfect fit otherwise, at high temperatures, there'd be no room for expansion and movement, and the door could stick and the ceramic-fibre or firebricks could crack.

All kilns smell a bit during the first few firings, just like a toaster or a fan heater. If you're worried about fumes, open a window.

Eventually, with normal use, kilns discolour slightly, inside and outside, and some firebricks might develop hairline cracks. Your kiln is a versatile, robust, red-hot tool: not an ornament.

KEEPING A KILN LOG

Keeping A Kiln Log.

Using your kiln successfully needs critical research and frequent tests, especially as things that work for your friends or teachers might not work in the same way for you. It's also very important to learn how to creatively use unexpected effects. So, keep a firing log:


Buy a durable notebook. Use a new page for every firing, and draw diagrams of the shelves, their vertical spacing, and the position of your work on the shelves. Along with your work, put a few scraps at different places on the shelves to learn how things change. Describe the material, the shape of your work, the firing cycle, and the end result. Add a few photos and sketches, and mark the page corners with coloured dots or symbols as a quick reminder of your success rating.

A kiln log is vital if you're experimenting with temperature-sensitive materials, or working with coloured dichroic glasses, enamels, glazes, or china paints, and a skilled artist will use the kiln log to advantage to re-create effects. It'll be particularly useful if you have to repeat a commission, or you have a long holiday before returning to your studio.


Some Paragon kilns have a Sentry 12-key programmer which can be connected to your computer through a factory-fitted USB interface. The Control Master software allows you to control and monitor the firing, and analyse, arrange, print out, and save the data. If you want this feature, make sure you order the USB interface in the on-line shop.

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.

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