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Kiln & torch question


#1

I have a question about kilns and torches. I am looking into
expanding my work into glass (lampwork beads & fused dichro) &
soldering/PMC (silver).

Can the same torch be used for both soldering and glass work? On the
same vein, can a PMC kiln be used for fusing glass?

What kind of torch would you reccomend for what I have described?
Kiln?

Thank you so much,
Jessica Holbrook
www.bead-alchemy.com


#2
  Can the same torch be used for both soldering and glass work? On
the same vein, can a PMC kiln be used for fusing glass? 

I would have to ask what you are soldering . . . I’ve used a torch
head specifically designed for glass work with MAPP gas, and I would
not use this for soldering precious metals. Can PMC kiln be used
for fusing glass, depends on the kiln, in some cases the answer would
be yes.


#3
Can the same torch be used for both soldering and glass work? On
the same vein, can a PMC kiln be used for fusing glass? 

The Paragon SC2 and SC3 kilns can be used for both. They are
terrific, computer controlled kilns. The interior space is 6 x 6
inches. The Sierra kiln is basically the same thing with a
different, supposedly easier control panel. Paragon you can buy
directly from Paragon or from New Mexico Clay. Sierra is available
from Rio and PMC Connection.

I have the Paragon SC2 and use it often for my own work and student
work. I’m very happy with it and would buy it again.

If you want to fuse bigger glass pieces, Paragon has another
computer controlled one with rings that you can add or subtract to
make the kiln bigger or smaller.

My understanding of lampworking torches is that they are much hotter
than soldering torches. But inexpensive set ups are available for
both. Or spend more for the lampworking, and use a $30.00 propane
only torch for soldering.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther