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Paragon Kilns are used for making jewellery, enamelling, bead annealing, fusing and slumping glass, sintering metal clays, heat treating, knife-making, firing ceramics and porcelain, raku, and vitrigraph, although they have other applications.
Choose from the Paragon SC2, SC2 Pro, SC3, BlueBird, Caldera, CS ClamShell, Darby, Dragon, F Elite, FibreFuse, FireFly, Fusion, GL, HomeArtist, HT, Iguana, Janus, KM, Ovation, Pearl, PMT, TNF, Trifecta, Trio, Viking, Vulcan, W, and Xpress kilns.
They all have built-in automatic digital programmers: a comprehensive Sentry Xpress 3-key or a professional Sentry 12-key. And there's a choice of colours, shelf kits, options, and upgrades.
The internet is an unchecked arena: almost everything is the best, the cheapest, or the newest, and is being sold by a premier dealer. To add to the lack of clarity, final prices often only appear at the checkout.
Prices here are transparent: they're for UK-EU voltage, CE marked, CL CSA approved, and TUV tested kilns, and include comprehensive instructions, UK VAT, and free continuing support from a top-tier international distributor. Most smaller kilns include a pro shelf kit: most larger kilns have several optional kits.
For prices, trading terms, and secure on-line shopping, use the shop link near the top-right of any page. The order form is after the price list, near the bottom.
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Sometimes, we have kilns or tools that are unboxed, were used for photographs, were taken to a show, or are second-hand. To see the current offer, use the once-only offer link near the top-right of any page.
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|FOUR PREVIEWS||THE PARAGON SC2, XPRESS E12T, KM18T, AND FUSION CS16D|
I'll preview four very popular kilns, below. However, to learn more about them, or other kilns, use the links near the top-left of any page. Then, for prices, use the shop link near the top-right of any page.
They're typically used for making jewellery, annealing beads and glass, fusing glass, firing metal clays, firing ceramics, earthenware, porcelain, pottery, and stoneware, painting china, crucible work, applying decals, dental work, fusing dichroic glasses, enamelling, fire polishing, glass art, glass casting, fusing, sagging, and slumping, glass clays, forming glass panels, heat treating, knife making, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, melting gold and silver, firing bronze and copper metal clays, moulding gun and model parts, pâte de verre, raku, sintering gold and silver clays, staining glass, hardening, and tempering blades, cutters, dies, and tools, and many other materials and processes.
Small kilns are more economic for jewellery-making, so you can use most popular small-scale materials such as Accent Gold, Art Clay metal clays, BullsEye glasses, dichroic glasses, enamels, GlasClay, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, PMC silver clay, Prometheus bronze clay, ProCopper clay, and SilverEtch.
And there's an increasingly diverse range of other metal clays, such as Cinter, Clay Mania, Creative, Goldie, Hadar Jacobson, Metal Adventures, Meteor, Noble, and PMC Sterling Silver.
You can make architectural parts, badges, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, buttons, candle holders, ceramic-art, charms, china dolls, decorations, earrings, figurines, fingerprint keepsakes, flowerpots, glass-art, glass panels, jewellery, knives, lampshades, medals, miniatures, models, mugs, necklaces, ornaments, pendants, plates, porcelain beads, pet-id tags, rings, souvenirs, stained-glass designs, tableware, thimbles, tiaras, tiles, tools, trinkets, and vases, as unique hand-crafted pieces or repeatable stock for sale.
They're ideal for your arts centre, ceramics studio, science college, course venue, craft studio, dental or medical laboratory, engineering facilty, glass works, jewellery studio, knife-making workshop, machine shop, metal-fabrication factory, pottery business, research unit, school, technical facility, or university.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON SC2||THE UK'S FAVOURITE JEWELLERY AND ENAMELLING KILN|
The Paragon SC2 is a 1095°C, square, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, ceramic fibre kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The SC2 is one of the SC series kilns: the medium SC2, the taller SC3, the larger SC4, and three stylish SC2 Pro versions with stainless-steel doors, stay-cool wooden door-handles, silent long-life solid-state relays, and tilted easy-view ramp-hold programmers.
The SC2 Pro-3 has a regular door and a 3-key programmer, the SC2D Pro-3 has a drop-down door and a 3-key programmer, and the SC2 Pro-12 has a regular door and a 12-key programmer.
With one exception, they can all be made as a B version with a bead-annealing door, a W version with a heat-resistant glass viewing-window, or a BW version with both. The exception is the SC4.
Our SC2 and SC3 kilns are not the standard US-international models.
They have a lever door-latch, not the standard fiddlesome ball-catch; a durable pro cordierite shelf with four props, not the standard economy fibre shelf; a long-life nickel-chromium K-type thermocouple; and a programmer software modification that slows down the heating just before the target temperature, reducing any overshoot and improving the accuracy.
The Paragon SC2 is probably the most popular jewellery kiln in the UK and ideal for a home hobby, small business, or studio. You can fire metal clays on several shelves, anneal beads, do enamelling, fuse glass, work with dichroic glasses, try low-fire ceramics, and heat-treat metals.
Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the SC-2 can hold a one-litre container. You can buy charcoals and pans in the on-line shop.
To learn more about the Paragon SC2 and other SC kilns, use the sc2-sc3 link near the top-left of the page, then use the shop link near the top-right of the page. Prices include comprehensive instructions, a pro shelf kit, and UK VAT.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON XPRESS E12A||A HIGH-TEMPERATURE CERAMICS KILN|
The Paragon Xpress E12A is a 1230°C, rectangular, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue or customised berry, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The Xpress E12A is one of the Xpress series kilns: the Xpress Q11A, E9A, E10A, E12A, E14A, J14A, 1193, 663, and 1613, in ascending order of firing chamber size.
With one exception, they can all be made as a B version with a bead-annealing door, a W version with a heat-resistant glass viewing-window, or a BW version with both. The exception is the Q11A.
The E12A made for Cherry Heaven heats to 1230°C and is 221mm high inside, although it can be upgraded to 1260°C or 1290°C. In the US, the E12A only heats to 1095°C and is 152mm high inside.
The Paragon E12A is probably the most popular high-temperature mixed-media kiln in the UK and ideal for materials and processes that need a long, high-temperature, firing sequence, and can use a regular 13A socket. You can fire metal clays on several shelves, anneal beads, do enamelling, fuse glass, work with dichroic glasses, fire ceramics and porcelain, and heat-treat metals.
Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the Xpress E-12A can hold a three-litre container. You can buy charcoals and pans in the on-line shop.
To learn more about the Paragon Xpress E12A and other Xpress kilns, use the xpress link near the top-left of the page, then use the shop link near the top-right of the page. Prices include comprehensive instructions, a pro shelf kit, and UK VAT.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON KM18T||A KNIFE-MAKING AND HEAT-TREATING KILN|
The Paragon KM18T is a 1290°C, rectangular, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Choose Paragon black or customised berry, blue, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise
The KM18T is one of the KM series kilns: the KM-14T, KM-18T, KM-18T XL, KM-24T, KM-24T XL, KM-36T, and KM-45T, in ascending order of firing chamber depth, the number being the approximate interior depth in inches. The KM-18T XL and KM-24T XL are twice as wide as the KM-18T and KM-24T. In the US, the XL kilns are called double-barrel.
The Paragon KM kilns are probably the most popular knife-making furnaces in the UK, EU, and US, and ideal for materials and processes that need a long, stable, high-temperature, heat-treating sequence.
To learn more about the Paragon KM18T and other KM kilns, use the km link near the top-left of the page, then use the shop link near the top-right of the page. Prices include comprehensive instructions, a heat-treating guide, and UK VAT.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON FUSION CS16D||A GLASS KILN|
The Paragon Fusion CS16D is a 925°C, square, top-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue or customised berry, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The CS16D is one of the CS series kilns: the CS14S, CS14D, CS16S, CS16D, CS19S, CS19D, CS26S, and CS5630S, in ascending order of firing chamber width, the number being the approximate interior width in inches.
The S versions have an opening lid and the D versions have an opening lid and an opening body, both giving an easy-access flat surface for arranging glasswork. So, S means single opening and D means double opening.
The CS14S, CS16S, and CS19S can be made as a B version with two bead-annealing doors, a W version with a heat-resistant glass viewing-window, or a BW version with both.
The CS16D is the largest glass kiln that can use a regular 13A socket You can anneal beads on mandrels, batch-fire silver clay, and make glass art, panels, tiles, plates, and bowls.
To learn more about the Paragon Fusion CS16 and other Fusion CS kilns, use the cs-fusion link near the top-left of the page, then use the shop link near the top-right of the page. Prices include comprehensive instructions and UK VAT.
|UK-EU-US REGULATIONS AND GENERAL SAFETY|
US-made ceramic-fibre kilns, such as the Paragon SC2 Pro, have elements that are safely embedded in the rigidised fibre: so there's no danger of a mains-voltage electric shock. And they're CE marked, TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved.
However, US-made firebrick kilns, such as the Paragon Fusion 8, have elements in recessed grooves in the bricks that are exposed when the kiln is open. UK and EU regulations require an additional switch, included in the price, which cuts off the power if the kiln is opened.
It'll be too late to think about safety practices after an accident. Apart from kilns and accessories, the on-line shop includes heat-resistant ceramic blocks and cloths, digital reminder-timers, fire extinguishers, heat-resistant gloves, glare-resistant glasses, and clear protective glasses. These are all in the on-line shop.
All particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so it's important to wear a HEPA mask when mixing powders, handling charcoal, sanding dried metal-clays, and cleaning out your kiln. And, ideally, use clear protective glasses.
It's important to have your fire extinguisher near your kiln. Read the instructions as soon as you unpack it, learn how to treat burns, buy a basic first aid kit, and fit a smoke alarm. Although I've never heard of a fire caused by a kiln.
|ACCESSORIES, PARTS, MATERIALS, TOOLS, AND TUMBLERS|
There's a wide range of kiln options, kiln furniture, accessories, spare parts, materials, precision tools, safety equipment, polishers, and tumblers. To learn more, use the accessories link below the menu bar near the top of the page.
|PARAGON KILNS UK DISTRIBUTOR|
is a Cherry Heaven internet resource. It's a top-tier international distributor for Texas-made Paragon kilns, furnaces, ovens, accessories, and tools, and has been one of their top-selling partners from 2006 to : a pleasing outcome since the UK is only one third the area of Texas and one fortieth the area of the US.
As this is an on-line resource, there isn't a paper catalogue or a price list. However, you can mail or call a technician about kilns, power supplies, public area safety, a special project, business ideas, diagnostics, repairs, or reselling opportunities.
Cherry Heaven was the name of the design studio in Kensington, West London, then the shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset. It's now an on-line distributor and retailer in West Holme, Dorset, South-West England. Although there's no longer a real shop, Cherry Heaven is still the working name.
The surrounding countryside includes green farmland, dramatic heritage cliffs, pretty stone cottages, historic buildings, sandy beaches, protected coves, open heathland, hill-top panoramic views, market towns, and peaceful villages. And lively seaside resorts. To look at some photos, use the dorset link below the menu bar near the top of this page.
Paragon Industries started as a family business in 1948. It's now the world's leading manufacturer of kilns and furnaces, and has built over 440,000 in 4,000 variants. The 6,700 square-metre site, in Mesquite, Texas, USA, has 67 full-time staff.
During manufacture, every kiln is checked at every stage by a technician and signed-off before shipping. They're simply but robustly engineered, and you're buying a comprehensive, versatile, safe, low-cost kiln: a kiln with a future.
Paragon kilns are TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved for the US, and are CE Marked for the EU. Paragon is Greek for Model Of Perfection.
|CLASSES AND COURSES|
The Kitiki Studio provided an Art Clay educational programme, as classes, masterclasses, workshops, and Art Clay Level 1 and Level 2 certification. However, as we're in a rural area, I now recommend teachers that might be nearer, so mail or call.
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