|distributor for the kitiki mini-kiln||more small kilns at electrickilns.co.uk or larger kilns at paragonkilns.co.uk|
The MiniKiln is a Cherry Heaven on-line shop for the Kitiki Mini-Kiln: a table-top kiln that can use a regular UK-EU mains socket. To learn more, use the links above.
It's typically used for metal clays, annealing glass, painting china, applying decals, dental work, fusing dichroic glasses, enamelling, fire polishing, glass clays, glass fusing, sagging, and slumping, heat treating, knife making, laboratory testing, lamp-work, lost-wax casting, low-fire ceramics, making jewellery, firing bronze and copper metal clays, moulding gun and model parts, pâte de verre, sintering gold and silver clays, staining glass, hardening and tempering blades, cutters, dies, and tools, and many other materials and processes.
Within the kiln's size and temperature limits, you can make unique hand-crafted pieces or repeatable stock for sale. Here are some ideas: architectural features, badges, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, candle holders, chandelier parts, charms, dolls, decorations, earrings, figurines, fingerprint keepsakes, glass-art, jewellery, knives, lampshades, medals, miniatures, gun and model components, necklaces, ornaments, pendants, pet-id tags, rings, souvenirs, stained-glass designs, tableware, thimbles, tiaras, tiles, tools, and trinkets.
Small kilns are perfect for jewellery-making, so you can work with many of the popular materials such as Accent Gold, Art Clay metal clays, BullsEye glasses, dichroic glasses, enamels, GlasClay, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, PMC silver clay, Prometheus bronze clay, ProCopper clay, and SilverEtch.
And there's an increasingly diverse range of other metal clays, such as Cinter, Clay Mania, Creative, Goldie, Hadar Jacobson, Metal Adventures, Meteor, Noble, and PMC Sterling.
It's ideal for your arts centre, college, course venue, craft centre, dental or medical laboratory, engineering facilty, glass works, home, jewellery studio, research unit, school, technical workshop, or university.
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 and UK VAT. Prices for kilns that weigh less than 30kg usually include a shelf kit and UK-mainland delivery so there no other charges and you can start work straight away.
Cherry Heaven TV has made an on-line photo book featuring popular kilns: click the Cherry Heaven TV Player above. It includes the Kitiki MiniKiln, the Paragon SC-1, SC-2, SC-2 Pro, SC-3, SC-4, BlueBird, Caldera, CS ClamShell, Dragon, F, FireFly, Fusion, GL, HomeArtist, HT, Iguana, Janus, KM, MiniKiln, Ovation, Pearl, PMT, SNF, TNF, Viking, Vulcan, W, and Xpress, the Prometheus Pro 1 and Pro 7, the SpeedFire Pro, and the Ultralite.
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For your convenience, I've separated all the kilns into two very general groups on two separate internet resources, although there's cross-over. To switch resources, use the links above the menu bar near the top of the page.
Electric Kilns is generally for smaller plug-in table-top kilns usually used for small-scale work such as annealing beads, Art Clay metal clays, dichroics, enamels, glass fusing, jewellery, lampwork, PMC silver clay, porcelain, and vitrigraph.
Paragon Kilns is generally for larger wired-in floor-standing or table-top kilns usually used for business-scale work such as annealing, casting, ceramics, earthenware, glass panels, heat treating, making knives, porcelain, pottery, and raku.
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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 new page will have links to related pages. From any page, click the main-menu link, always on the left below the menu bar near the top of the page, 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.
Kilns include a legally-necessary lid or door safety switch where appropriate.
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.
Pricing is often far from clear as the kiln price might not include a pro shelf kit, a digital programmer, VAT, or delivery. And, to discover the actual cost, you might have to set up an account. As an example, in November 2014, one supplier assured you that their prices were the cheapest in the UK. Except their Prometheus Pro 1 was £106 more than it was here. And it didn't include a kiln shelf.
Most people choose a kiln for the material or process that enthuses them, like annealing beads, enamelling, fusing glass, or working with silver clays. After a few successes, and failures, they try different materials, make larger pieces, experiment with combinations, fire more at a time, and become interested in everything else. Some start a business or run classes.
There are lots of kilns to choose from, such as the Paragon BlueBird for annealing beads, general purpose jewellery-making kilns such as the Prometheus or Paragon SC2, and mixed-media kilns such as the Paragon Xpress E12A. So, before buying a kiln, think about it's wider future use. If you want help, mail or call Cherry Heaven.
The MiniKiln has an AX4 4-key digital programmer which allows you to set up a target temperature, each one with up to eight heating, holding, or cooling segments. You can choose the heating and cooling rates, target temperatures, and hold times, save the sequences, and re-use them.
It's built in, so you don't need a separate box with a cable, a separate thermocouple with a cable, and a separate stand: more stuff on your worktop. And, for temperature consistency, the built-in thermocouple is always in the same position.
There are no restrictive features such as single-sequence use or pre-set programmes. Fixed programmes might seem to be an advantage. However, having diversified and experimented, most people fire materials, or combinations of materials, at different temperatures and for different times than are recommended.
The MiniKiln have been re-engineered and comprehensively tested for the UK and Europe. It's CE Marked for the EU.
In the unlikely event that your kiln develops a fault, it's reassuring to know that basic checks, adjustments, and repairs are quick and 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. Alternatively, we can repair your kiln in our workshop at Cherry Heaven.
You can watch on-line service videos: use the main-menu link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then choose tee-vee, then choose from the guide. There's also an extensive support page: use the main-menu link, then choose help.
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.
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There's a wide range of kiln options, upgrades, accessories, and spare parts, materials, precision tools, and safety equipment. To learn more, use the accessories link below the menu bar near the top of the page.
This internet resource is provided by Cherry Heaven, an international distributor, on-line shop, and support centre for kilns, accessories, 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 an on-line resource, 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, diagnostics, repairs, or reselling opportunities.
Cherry Heaven is an on-line distributor and retailer in West Holme, South-West England. It's 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.
Cherry Heaven was the name of the business in West London, then the shop in Corfe Castle village. Although there's no longer a shop, Cherry Heaven is still the working name.
The surrounding countryside includes green farmland, dramatic heritage cliffs, pretty stone cottages, historic buildings, sandy beaches, protected coves, open heathland, hill-top panoramic views, market towns, and peaceful villages. And lively seaside resorts. To look at some photos, use the dorset link near the top of this page.
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.
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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 Cherry Heaven.
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