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We spent several months researching kilns, talking to people, testing different models, financing distribution rights, and dealing with freight charges, import duties, taxes, deferment charges, and handling charges.
Although you can fire Art Clay 650 on a kitchen gas hob, on a camping gaz ring, or with a butane torch, it's more reliable to use a kiln. If you want to learn more about kilns, look at Paragon Kilns.
The most popular kiln in the UK is the SC-2, shown in the photo. It's ideal for Art Clay silver clay and gold clay, Accent Gold, jewellery, dichroic glass, glass fusing, sagging, slumping, china painting, decals, enamelling, and low-fire ceramics.
It's a 1100°C, four-sided, front-loading, portable kiln. It plugs into a regular 13A socket, keeps cool on the outside, and has a built-in, easy-to-use, ramp-hold, Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. You can use it in your home, school, craft workshop, or jewellery studio.
If you want to learn more about using kilns, look at The Art Clay Club. It's a free resource, 24 7 52: you don't have to register, log on, or remember a password.
There are three important things to understand: if the clay hasn't dried before firing, the water will vaporise too quickly and the clay will crack or bubble; if you go over the recommended temperature, your piece will melt; and, if you're using cork clay, gemstones, dichroic glass, ceramics, porcelain, or stone, start with a cool kiln.
|CLAY TYPE||°C||MINUTES||% SHRINKAGE||NOTES|
|650 Silver Clay||650||30||8-9|
|650 Silver Clay||800||5||8-9|
|Original Silver Clay||870||10||9-10|
|Original Silver Clay||850||20||9-10|
|Original Silver Clay||800||30||9-10|
|Slow Dry Silver Clay||870||10||9-10||Must be dry before firing|
|Slow Dry Silver Clay||800||30||9-10||Must be dry before firing|
|Paper Silver Clay||800||30||8-10||Start with cold kiln and raise over 10+ minutes|
|Silver Clay Oil Paste||800||30||9-10||Must be dry before firing|