|the paragon sc2 jewellery, enamels, and fusing kiln||here are links for all the other kilns and the on-line shop|
The Paragon SC2 is a 1095°C, square, plug-in, front-opening, table-top, ceramic-fibre kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Choose Paragon blue or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The UK-EU kiln is rated at 230V-240V 1680W, so it can use a regular mains socket. The elements are embedded in rigidised ceramic fibre: a legal safety requirement. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.
The external dimensions are 336mm x 311mm x 400mm high. The case has slots for air circulation, an integral stand with four rubber feet, and a top vent with a removable stopper for lost-wax burnout and casting and other processes that might release fumes. The door opens 180° for easy safe access, and has our exclusive, reliable, adjustable door latch. The shipping weight, including the box, is about 16kg.
The firing chamber measures 199mm x 203mm x 145mm high, and heats from both sides, with the fast-firing elements safely embedded in the fibre. The kiln has an electro-mechanical relay and a long-life nickel-chromium K-type thermocouple.
The programmer's electronic display prompts for heating rates, target temperatures, and hold times, making it easy to set up and re-use accurate heating, holding, and cooling sequences.
The options, upgrades, and accessories for this kiln are in the on-line shop:
a berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise respray: normally blue
a right-hand door hinge: factory fitted
a 165mm x 64mm letter-box style bead-annealing door: factory fitted: the SC2B
a 50mmx 50mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window in the centre of the door: factory fitted: the SC2W
a silent long-life solid-state electronic relay upgrade: factory fitted
a long-life S-type platinum-rhodium thermocouple upgrade: factory fitted
stacking shelf kits
charcoal for the stainless steel container used for firing some metal clays
lost-wax burn-out, casting, and enamelling tray
HEPA dust mask
clear protective glasses
|EXTRACTS FROM REVIEWS, AND MY OPINION|
The SC2 is a 1095°C plug-in kiln so it can use a regular 13A socket. It's small enough to get out, use, and put away, can stand anywhere, heats up quickly, and has safely embedded elements, so it's popular for course venues, schools, a jewellery studio, or a home business or hobby. It's probably the UK's most popular small kiln.
You can work with most materials and processes within its size and temperature limits, such as annealing beads and glass, china paints, enamelling, casting, fusing, moulding, sagging, and slumping glass, making jewellery, doing lost-wax burnout and casting, and firing lots of silver clay on two shelves.
The elements are embedded in rigidised ceramic-fibre: a legal safety requirement. As they're not exposed, the kiln doesn't need a door-activated cut-off switch so, if you open it to check on enamelling or fusing, the elements will stay on and the kiln won't lose heat quickly.
There are other kilns in the SC series, summarised below. To look at these, other kilns, the price list, or shop on line, use the links at the top of the page.
There are eight standard versions: the 1095°C SC2, SC2B, SC2W, and SC2BW, and the larger 1095°C SC3, SC3B, SC3W, and SC3BW, with ceramic-fibre interiors and Sentry Xpress 3-key programmers. The B versions have bead-annealing doors, the W have viewing-windows, and the BW have both.
There are four PRO versions: the 1095°C SC2 PRO, SC2B PRO, SC2W PRO, and SC2BW PRO with ceramic-fibre interiors, stainless-steel doors, stay-cool wooden door-handles, soft spring-loaded door catches, silent long-life solid-state electronic relays, and tilted easy-view Sentry Xpress 3-key programmers.
And one large version: the 925°C SC4 with a ceramic-fibre interior, stay-cool wooden door-handle, spring-assisted door latch, and tilted easy-view Sentry Xpress 3-key programmer.
Finally, a quote from a user: I've travelled with my SC2 for 11 years, teaching classes. Sometimes I have to use hot gloves to put the kiln in my car, wrap it in a blanket, and drive to another county. And then fire it over and over again, day after day: the kiln can take it! Whilst I'm sure it wouldn't mind an easier life, it's doing fine.
|THE PARAGON SC2: KILN FURNITURE|
The US-international kiln comes with a thin fibre shelf, but no posts, sometimes used for metal clays. However, as it only covers 56% of the firing-chamber floor, a pro shelf kit is included in the price: one durable 178mm x 178mm x 15mm cordierite shelf and four 12mm shelf posts.
A pro shelf resists thermal fracture, provides a smooth stable work surface, protects the floor of the kiln's interior from glass accidents, and helps to even out any small temperature deviations during annealing, enamelling, firing, and fusing as the elements turn on and off. And it isn't a £30 extra.
Depending on the material or process, and the sizes of your pieces, stacked shelves will hold more work, free up your time, and reduce the unit firing cost, so there's an extra kit, not included in the price: one 178mm x 178mm x 15mm shelf and four posts. This kiln has room for two or three shelves so you can choose 12mm, 25mm, or 50mm props.
The kiln is large enough to accommodate a charcoal-filled stainless steel container needed to fire some makes of bronze clay and copper clay, both described on this internet resource.
The lost-wax burn-out tray for this kiln measures 178mm x 178mm x 25mm. There are two parts: a stainless steel tray and a metal mesh that fits inside the tray. The melting wax drops into the tray instead of onto the floor of the kiln. The mesh can also be used for supporting beads, enamel work, and fused glass.
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is a Cherry Heaven internet resource. Cherry Heaven is a top-tier international distributor for Texas-made Paragon kilns, furnaces, ovens, and accessories, 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.