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    Question Kiln question

    Hi!

    Sorry if this isn't in the right place - feel free to move it!

    I'm on the verge of buying a kiln for firing PMC (looking at the Paragon SC2). I'm just wondering what else I need to buy at the same time. Gloves are a given - but what kind are best? I'm also getting an additonal shelf and posts so I can stack. But I also keep seeing reference to kiln wash - what is this and what is it for? Do I need it? If I don't know what this is am I really ready to buy a kiln? Do I need anything else?

    Agh - so many questions! Help!

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    What are you planning to use it for?

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    Oh sorry. Just noticed you said PMC. I'm sure a PMC expert will be along to help soon.

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    Okay - I'm just waiting for my Paragon SC2 to be delivered.

    AS far as I understand it, kiln wash is for when you're doing enamelling and stuff. Its to stop stuff sticking to the kiln walls and floor, which doesn't happen with metal clay.
    Di x

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    You don't really need gloves unless you're doing enamelling. PMC is put in cold and you take it out when the kiln has cooled down. The temp inside is on the display at the front.
    If there aren't any stones etc and it's plain PMC then I sometimes lift the pieces out while the kiln is still quite hot. I do this using a largish enamelling fork. (Two prongs on a long metal rod with a wooden handle.)
    If you're going to do this then putting a heat proof surface at the front of your kiln wouldn't be a bad idea. I use thin firing blocks that you'd do torch firing on..
    The posts are put at the corners of the firing shelf allowing you to slide the shelves in and out. Though waiting is just as easy.

    If you have a lovely SC2 it probably won't be long before you're trying enamel on PMC (the two work really well together)
    If you want to do bronze clay etc then you'd need the firing pan and carbon (available from PMC suppliers)

    Hope that helps
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    If you have a lovely SC2 it probably won't be long before you're trying enamel on PMC (the two work really well together
    And guess who couldn't resist stocking up with some gorgeous enamels!
    Di x

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    Thanks for your replies everyone!

    Nic - I'm off to do an "Adding colour to your clay" class in a couple of weeks where we're going to be using polymer clay, resin and enamel. If it's anything like the other classes I've done I'll become quickly addicted and want to do more so...

    I reckon I'll get the kiln and extra shelf kit and gloves (i'm both impatient and clumsy - not a good mix!) just now and leave the rest until next pay day.

    Right, off to place an order!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fi79 View Post
    Thanks for your replies everyone!

    Nic - I'm off to do an "Adding colour to your clay" class in a couple of weeks where we're going to be using polymer clay, resin and enamel. If it's anything like the other classes I've done I'll become quickly addicted and want to do more so...

    I reckon I'll get the kiln and extra shelf kit and gloves (i'm both impatient and clumsy - not a good mix!) just now and leave the rest until next pay day.

    Right, off to place an order!!!!!!
    Lol i am like that with everything new i see lol, pmc course with out lovely nic on 27th and i would love to learn enamelling and that diachronic glass or whatever they call it and and and and.............ahhhh the list is endless

    Looking frward to seeing what ou make with your kiln
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    Sounds like a fun days course, please let us know how you get on and show us loads of pictures!
    OMG sooooo exciting when your kiln comes!
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    Just done it!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!! Gulp (lot of money!!)

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