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Firing

Firing

The three techniques of firing silver clay are catered for in this section. There is stainless steel the firing net which can be placed over a gas hob so that the dried silver clay can be placed directly on the heat source, the blow torch which allows you to move the heat source around the object, and the small Prometheus Pro-1 Kiln which can be used to fire larger pieces of the precious silver clay as well as for fusing glass and enamelling. The kiln is large enough to fire up to 10 pieces of Art Clay Silver clay at the same time and a small shelf can be built to stack the clay using small terracotta pots and a sheet of fibre board. The Antiquing Solution (liver of sulphur) can be used to create a patina on fired silver clay.

The tools for modelling, shaping and preparing the silver clay prior to firing can be found in Tools > Modelling >. These include tiny cutters for making shapes in the clay, extruders for extruding consistently shaped lengths of clay, silicone moulding putty, mandrels for ring making and a large assortment of other equally useful tools. Pure silver findings and gemstones which do not change colour when they are fired, as well as the full range of Art Clay Silver Clays, can be found in the Materials section.

Important Safety Guidelines for using an Electric Kiln

  • Place the kiln a in a well ventilated place
  • The kiln should be positioned on a fire-proof surface and at least 30cm away from doors, walls, curtains and other combustible materials
  • Do not place the kiln under overhead cupboards or shelves
  • Always unplug the kiln when not in use or before servicing
  • Do not touch the hot surfaces of the kiln and keep the electric cord away from the outside of the unit
  • To prevent electric shock, do not touch the heat heating element with your hands or any other item
  • Do not leave the kiln unattended while in operation
  • Turn off the kiln before opening the kiln door and wear thick gloves when loading and unloading
  • Wear protective glasses when looking through the window into the hot kiln
  • If you do not know how a material will behave under high temperatures, DO NOT FIRE IT
  • Do not allow children or animals in the same vicinity as the kiln while it is in operation
  • Do not keep food and drinks in the same vicinity as the kiln while it is in operation

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