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Relay Q & A

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Relay Q & A

When ordering a new kiln, the question always comes up about what type of relays we would recommend.  A lot of people know that a relay is something in the kiln that has to do with electricity, but not much beyond that.  Hopefully, this informative blog will get you up to speed if you are scratching your head and wondering why you should care what a relay is.  They are really important to the operation of your kiln, and there are things you should know about the care and maintenance of your relays. 

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Hunting for a Dead Short in a Kiln

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Hunting for a Dead Short in a Kiln

This post was written by Arnold Howard, a former employee at Paragon Industries who is now an independent kiln technician at Howard Kiln Services.  The owner of a Paragon A-24B called to tell me he saw sparks flash inside the switch box on his kiln, and the circuit breaker tripped. He could see the flash through the ventilation louvers on the side of the box. “It made a loud noise that scared the hell out of me,” he said. “It happened when I turned the bottom switch to high.”   “Your kiln has a dead short,” I told him. A dead...

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How Low Voltage Affects Firing Time

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How Low Voltage Affects Firing Time

Knowledge is POWER! Making sure you have the correct voltage is one of the most important factors of kiln efficiency! Plug the kiln into the correct circuit. Low voltage can double the firing time. If your kiln is firing too slowly, make sure the voltage listed on the kiln’s electrical data plate matches the voltage of the electric circuit. The electrical data plate is usually located on the side of the kiln or the switch box. Firing a 240-volt kiln on 208 volts reduces the kiln’s power by 25%. Even a small drop in voltage can affect the firing speed. Low...

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Creating Hollow Beads with Cork Clay

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Creating Hollow Beads with Cork Clay

Cork clay is the perfect filler to create hollow shapes with Metal Clay. After creating the shape with cork clay, you must allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Do not force-dry the cork clay with a heat gun. After it's dry, coat the cork clay with metal clay. Cork clay creations are usually fired in small jewelry kilns such as the Paragon SC-3 or Evenheat Kingpin 88. It is important to fire cork clay in a well-ventilated area. Open windows and circulate the air with a fan. To prevent the cork from flaming out, always keep the kiln...

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Bringing Home Your New Kiln

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Bringing Home Your New Kiln

Many artists assume they need to rent a dedicated space to work on kiln-glass projects. But you can accomplish a lot in a home studio with just a kiln, a table or bench, and some basic tools. In this Bullseye Glass short 4-part video lesson, they set up a home studio around a Paragon Fiber Fuse-16, a compact top-loading kiln used in many home studios. Plus, they cover basics like tools, furniture, and other equipment; where to place your kiln; and how to prepare for your first firing. Watch videos here: Bringing Home Your New Kiln Additionally, safety in your...

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