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Firing

NO KILN - NO WORRIES!

Wet Silver Metal Clay - fresh from the package - is amazing. Before it dries it can be shaped or formed in any way you want. As soon as it dries it is rigid and can be carved, filed, drilled and sanded. At this stage it is fragile and care should be taken although breakages are easily repaired. To fire a piece of Metal Clay, you must have a heat source that can reach the sintering temperature of silver.

Sintering means heating and fusing but not melting the metal. The metal powder does not melt but becomes compact and hard and retains all of the detail that was present prior to firing. Silver Metal Clay can be fired in a traditional jewellery kiln as well as by gas torch or on a gas stove top. Silver Metal Clay shrinks slightly (up to 12% - Art Clay 650 Series - up to 15% PMC3) when fired and this must be factored into your design. Silver Metal Clay - both Art Clay and PMC - offer Gold metal-clay products as well but the temperature and firing times required for Metal Clay Gold make it necessary to have a kiln. The new Metal Clays - BRONZclay, COPPRclay and FASTfire BRONZclay need to be fired embedded in activated carbon using a kiln with temperature controls. Prometheus Bronze and Copper Clay can be wrapped in fibre blanket and kiln fired but there have been torch fired successes with small Prometheus Bronze and Copper Clay items. Art Clay Copper can also be torch fired successfully.

ART CLAY SILVER and PMC come in many forms, including Clay/Lump, Paste/Slip, Syringe, and Paper/Sheet Types. It is also possible to combine certain Metal Clay products with Ceramics and Glass.


METAL CLAY AUSTRALASIA PTY LTD are proud to be Australian Distributors for Paragon Kilns

Although it is possible to fire Metal Clay without a Kiln - there are well known limitations of size and not being able to utilize the amazing breadth of possibilities with metal clay.There are no doubts that having the availability of a digitally controlled kiln, is "first prize". For full details on all available Kilns please check the Ordering Page

PARAGON KILNS

We have included the popular Paragon SC Range of kilns and a variety of other Paragon Kilns in our shop but we do have access to the full range of Paragon Kilns. Please contact us if you require a quote on any Paragon Kiln that is not featured on our website. The Paragon SC series kilns are ceramic-fibre kilns, which heat and cool quickly. You can fire metal clays, fuse glass, anneal glass beads, do enamelling and work with many other materials and processes. They're ideal for your home, school, college, craft workshop, jewellery studio, or arts centre providing jewellery courses. The Paragon SC series kilns come in two versions, as the SC-2 and the 50mm taller SC-3. They're both 1095°C, four sided, square, ceramic-fibre, front-opening kilns,

Paragon also manufacture a wide range of glass kilns. There are standard glass fusing and slumping kilns, clamshell kilns, square front loaders and all purpose kilns that fire glass, as well as pottery. The Paragon Caldera Digital, Firefly Digital, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T, Bluebird XL, Fusion 14 are all well known Paragon glass kilns. The Paragon Bluebird Jr, Bluebird, Bluebird XL, Caldera Digital with Bead Collar, SC2BD and SC3BD are favoured Bead Kilns.

The kilns mentioned and/or featured below are only a small cross section of the many Paragon Kilns that are available.

Please check the Ordering Page for full details on some of the available Paragon Kilns. PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING AUSTRALIA WIDE. Please contact us if you require a quote on any Paragon Kiln that is not featured on our website.

Paragon Kilns we recommend for Silver Clay:

SC1, SC2, SC2 with Window, SC2 with Bead Door, SC2 with Bead Door and Window, SC3, SC3 with Window, SC3 with Bead Door, SC3 with Bead Door and Window, Firefly Digital, Xpress-E-12A and Xpress-E-12T, Caldera Digital

Paragon Kilns we recommend for All Metal Clay - Silver, Bronze and Copper

Firefly Digital, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12A, Caldera Digital

Paragon Kilns we recommend for Beads:

Caldera with Bead Collar,Caldera with Enamelling Collar, Bluebird Jr, SC2 with Bead Door, Bluebird, SC3 with Bead Door, BluebirdXL

Paragon Kilns we recommend for Glass:

Caldera Digital, Caldera Digital with Bead Collar, Caldera Digital with Collar, SC1, SC2, SC2 with Bead Door, SC2 with Window, SC2 with Bead Door and Window, SC3, SC3 with Window, SC3 with Bead Door, SC3 with Bead Door and Window, BluebirdXL, Home Artist, Fusion 14, Fusion 16, Express-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T

Paragon Kilns we recommend for Enamelling:

Caldera with Enamelling Collar, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T, SC2, SC2 with Bead Door, SC2 with Window, SC2 with Bead Door and Window, SC3, SC3 with Bead Door, SC3 with Window, SC3 with Bead Door and Window

Paragon Kilns we recommend for China Painting:

Firefly Digital, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T, Home Artist



CONFUSED ABOUT HOW TO PROGRAM YOUR PARAGON KILN? If you own or would like to own one of these Paragon kilns: All SC Series, Caldera Digital, Home Artist 240, Fusion 14, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T, Firefly Digital, Bluebird, Bluebird XL
Watch this 7 minute video demonstration! for the Sentry Xpress Digital Controller
See how easy the advanced features are to use and
Watch this 5min 17 Second demonstration! for the Sentry Express Advanced Features
For All Paragon SC Series, Caldera Digital, Home Artist 240, Fusion 14, Xpress-E-12A, Xpress-E-12T, Firefly Digital, Bluebird, Bluebird XL and the Bluebird Jnr