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    Celia - I have the SC2 (with a bead door). It's a fabulous piece of kit. Have you seen lampwork beads at all? They are like amazing miniature works of art and I'm sure you'll be smitten once you've seen them.

    That's what the bead door on the kiln is for - annealing the beads when they've been made. If you're an eclectic craft maker - and it seems that you are - I suggest you tell Gerald that the kiln with a bead door is the one you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elliboo View Post
    I've got an SC2 as well. I've only had it for a couple of months but I love it!
    If you're buying it to help start a business (or, I think, within 3 years of start up) like I was you might be able to get some funding from business link (think that's the national name - it's Sheffield Enterprise Agency here). They have been great so far with me, and funded my kiln (mine has a bead door too as they were paying!) and a rolling mill. It might be worth getting in touch.
    Ooohhh yes, fab idea! A few of my friends have got funding through business link

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    OK, received my shiney new blue Paragon SC2 kiln today! Opened it up and the "soft ceramic fiber shelf, which comes standard with the kiln" (text taken from p5 of the manual) isn't there. Did anyone else get one with their kiln and should be in there or is this just something that applies the Americans (as they're built there)?

    The supplier only went on about getting an additional shelf kit if you were going to do lampwork, which I'm not, so I didn't get one.

    Help!!
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    yes, I got a shelf and four shelf posts. One of the shelf posts was broken so I phoned and they sent me four replacements.
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    Hmm, thought I should get something to at least protect the bottom of my kiln. Anyway, just phoned the nice people and they're sending me a shelf today. Hurrah! Hopefully I'll be able to christen Kenny (the kiln) over the Easter weekend!!
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    OMG how exciting, bet you can't wait!
    Might be worth while getting an extra shelf and some kiln posts too
    (then you can fire multiple layers)
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    Yes, I definitely think additional shelves and posts are on the shopping list in another month or two. Got to try and figure out where to put the kiln first though and decipher the instructions. All the talk about ramp-hold and thermocouples is a bit scary!
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    Here's a video demo on how to progamme the kiln
    YouTube - Paragon SC Series Kiln Programming
    If it helps for PMC I use full ramp and fire at 950 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
    It would be different if you had glass or natural stones though
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    Ooh, fab! Thanks Nic, I'll have a look at that.
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    I have a variety of kilns for different purposes. I have been enamelling for 13 years (that is my excuse anyway!). My favourite at the moment is an Evenheat kiln, very fast and it has a digital programmer with a variety of settings that can be adjusted. I don't use this to anneal lamp worked beads though as it cools rapidly so I use a Uhlig kiln with a Stafford Instruments controller with very precise 9 stage settings to ramp up and down.

    For anyone looking you should also try Corby Kilns corbykilns, No1 supplier of kiln craft materials in the uk and Vitrum Signum Vitrum Signum :: Enameling Equipment & Supplies

    My advice though is to buy the best you can possibly afford, think of all the things you definitely want to use it for - then add things you might like to try!

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