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Setting up an enameling studio


#1

Hi All,

I would like to set up an enameling area in my studio. I am
beginning to look into kilns and wondered if anyone had any
suggestion on what kiln to buy.

Thanks.
Lucile


#2

You don’t mention what size pieces you are making. If you are just
going to make small jewelry items, you might want to consider one of
the table top kilns.

For larger pieces, I highly recommend the Vcella Kilns. The interior
of mine is 12"X12" square., as in addition to small jewelry items, I
make large sized wall enamels. The Vcella kilns are brick lined,
heavily insulated, hold the heat well, and are reliable. I have had
mine for 35 years–got it used, so it is even older than that. It is
so well insulated, that even when I am running it all day long, the
outside is fairly cool to the touch.

Alma


#3

Hi Lucile,

I use a Paragon E-14 with a viewport in my enameling studio and I
LOVE it! It’s a wonderful kiln. I like the addition of the window
because it allows me to see when the enamel is properly fused without
having to open the door.

It’s a pretty good size kiln for enameling. The Interior Dimensions
are 13"W x 13.5"D x 8.75"H, and it’s 240V

If you were looking for something smaller that runs on household
120v power, I’d suggest the E-10. Interior Dimensions 8.5"W x 9"D x
8.75"H. It’s also available either with our without the window.

I wrote an article on “Care and Feeding of your Kiln” that is in the
March issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. It should be available on
newsstands now. The article was geared towards ceramic fiber kilns
rather than brick kilns, however much of the is exactly
the same. You might find it useful.

If you have more specific questions about these kilns and pricing,
please feel free to contact me off-list at
http://www.pameast.net/contact. I’ll be happy to answer any
questions you might have. I’m a kiln rep and I can get you some great
discounts.

Enjoy!
Pam East
www.pameast.net