Personally for starting and continuing I prefer the table top 6"
diameter kiln from Amaco. They are a ceramic kiln producer, but they
make this small kiln specifically for metal and enamel workers. Yes,
I also have a paragon kiln and 3 others, but I prefer this one. Why?
well, the piece goes directly onto the element and I put it on a
piece of mica, it heats up fast, I can keep an eye on it and it fits
right on the table top. I use it for cloisonne, small plique-a-jour,
and granulation. I teach enamelling and I use this kiln the most. I
originally had a "firebrite" table top kiln for 30 years and then one
day it died and I could no longer get the elements to fix it. So, I
found this one. Thompson Enamels and Rio Grande sell a 3" diameter
table top kiln for the same amount of money as the Amaco.
enamelist, jewelry artisan