I am looking for a faster way to fire enamel. Right now I fire it
in a kiln (1400 degrees) I was wondering if anybody can help me?
***1400 degree is only sufficient for low fusing enamels and never be
good enough to fire medium- and hard fusing ename;s, even when you
leave it in a long time. Your kiln should be able to warm up to 1600
degrees, but better hotter because sometimes you should like to heat
the enamel quick and short. When you cannot fire it in several minutes
it is not the good temperature. Only bigger projects need longer,
because the metal you are enameling takes it’s time to warm.
When your kiln can’t come any higher you can better use your torch
(allways heat from underneith, the flame will ruin the enamel - unless
you like it fumed of course, sometimes I use it as ‘finishing touch’)
or buy a better kiln. You can try to buy one second hand. Ceramic
kilns are also very good to use, only the ones with a door in front.
Notice the way the door turns, you must do it with one hand very quick
while putting the enamel project in.
When you buy a kiln notice the time it needs to warm, the way you can
control the temerature (very important) and how many energy it uses.
You can save a lot of money and the environment with a economical
kiln. Think about the inside measuRe: you need some space around your
project, and what do you want to make in the future? But than of
course you can buy a bigger one. (at the moment I have got four kilns,
all different sizes. One is the most economic and the best to control
and most of the time I use that one - best buy! the other ones are
second hand and especially for the case that…kept.)
Wish you a lot of succes, enameling is a great technique and I
recommend it strongly! Just a lot of practice before you can control
it, but isn’t that with everything?
by, Marleen B.Berg.