I'd like to cut bezel wire and insert it in the clay before the
next firing (not in a kiln). Will it melt? Will the clay cause the
bezel wire to be distorted? Does anyone know an inexpensive place to
purchase a trinket kiln?
Yes, you can insert bezel wire (fine silver) into any of the three
types of PMC. No, it won't melt. The highest firing temp. of PMC
(1650) is still below the melting temperature. It will only melt if
the kiln's temperature goes too high.
No, I don't know of an inexpensive place to purchase a trinket kiln.
I assume you mean the JEC Ultra-Light Beehive Kiln, which can be
used to fire all three types of PMC.
You can buy it from John, who makes them, at:
or Rio Grande.
With the extra kiln shelves that you need, it will be $150.00 either
It's the cheapest, most versatile way to fire PMC.
Note I said cheapest, most versatile. Not the cheapest. The cheapest
Neither of which are ideal.
There is also a new type of "kiln" that uses propane gas and costs
about the same as the Ultra-Light. I can't recommend this personally
as I haven't tried it yet, and I would think it has to be used
outside, something that is not an option for everyone.
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
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