My Ultralite kiln needs a new heating element already! One of the
electric cords fell out.
Instead of solder (which would melt off as soon as the kiln was
fired up), the electrical connections had been secured in a ceramic
plug. My guess is that low-fire clay was packed around the wires,
then the kiln was turned on to fire the clay.
Anyway, both ceramic plugs had fallen out of their holes, so the
wires were free to move around, eventually breaking.
The wires were also free to touch the shell of the kiln–which could
explain the electric shocks I sometimes (but not always) felt.
I tried to cobble the wires together by melting some silver around
the broken connection. That way, I’d have the use of the kiln while
waiting for the replacement parts. It didn’t work, however: The
silver just balled up and would not flow around the wires. Wouldn’t
stick to them, either. I tried Battern’s, Prip’s, and 99 fluxes. How
do you get silver to flow instead of becoming a blob?
Note From Ganoksin Staff:
Looking for an electric kiln for your jewelry projects? We recommend:
- Reading our guide to the Best Electric Metal Clay Kiln Review for jewelry work here
- Searching for more discussions about electric kilns here on the Orchid forum