|international distributor for paragon's hot kilns||smaller kilns at electrickilns.co.uk or tumblers at electrictumblers.co.uk|
Paragon Kilns are used for annealing beads, jewellery-making , enamelling, fusing and slumping glass, sintering silver clays, heat treating, making knives, firing ceramics and porcelain, raku, and vitrigraph, although they have many other applications.
Choose from the Paragon SC-2, SC-2 Pro, SC-3, Blue Bird, Caldera-A, CS ClamShell, Darby, Dragon, F Elite, Fibre Fuse, Fire Fly, Fusion, GL, Home Artist, HT, Iguana, Janus, KM, Ovation, Pearl, PMT, TNF, Trifecta, Trio, Viking, Vulcan, W, and Xpress kilns.
Most 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.
For prices, and on-line shopping, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page.
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The prices here are transparent. They're for CE marked, TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved kilns, and include comprehensive instructions, UK VAT, and continuing free support. Smaller kilns also include a pro shelf kit: larger kilns usually have several optional kits.
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As a top-tier distributor for kilns, furnaces, and ovens, we provide comprehensive advice, competent technical support, a prompt repair workshop, and free telephone time if you have to fit parts: all valuable services. If you need help now, use the mail link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page, or call .
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Nearly everything is one click away: use the links above and below the menu bar near the top of the page to learn more, switch resources, shop on line, or mail a question. The links will change colour just before you click.
There are very few clickable links in the text. However, there are lots of mouse-over words that generate context-sensitive pop-ups: a useful, and optional, way of explaining things. Try it here.
This is an information-rich resource and every kiln is described in detail. Although it works on a phone, pad, and tablet, it's better on a larger screen.
|FOUR PREVIEWS||THE PARAGON SC2, BLUEBIRD, KM18T, AND FUSION CS16D|
I've previewed four popular kilns, below. However, to learn more about them, or other kilns, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. Then, for prices, use the shop link.
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-work factory, pottery business, research unit, school, technical facility, or university.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON SC-2||THE UK'S FAVOURITE JEWELLERY AND ENAMELLING KILN|
The Paragon SC-2 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 Paragon SC-2 comes in four versions: the SC-2 with a plain door, the SC-2B with a bead-annealing door, the SC-2W with a heat-resistant viewing-window, and the SC-2BW with a bead door and window. The SC3, SC3B, SC3W, and SC3BW are similar, but larger. The 925°C SC4 is similar, but over four times larger.
The SC2 made for Cherry Heaven has a pro door lever-latch, not the standard sticky ball-catch, and a durable ceramic pro shelf with posts, not the standard thin soft fibre shelf.
There are also three stylish professional SC-2 PRO versions with stainless-steel doors, stay-cool wooden door-handles, silent long-life solid-state relays, and tilted easy-view ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key or Sentry 12-key digital programmers.
The Paragon SC2 is probably the most popular kiln in the UK and ideal for a home hobby, small business, or studio. You can fire metal clays on several shelves, anneal beads on five mandrels, 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 of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include comprehensive instructions, a pro shelf kit, UK VAT, and UK-mainland delivery.
|A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON BLUEBIRD||A BEAD ANNEALING KILN|
The Paragon BlueBird is a 650°C, rectangular, front-opening, twin-door, plug-in, table top, ceramic fibre kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
You can batch-anneal glass beads on mandrels, glass jewellery, glass figurines, and parts for larger glass panels. It's ideal for an enthusiast or a commercial bead business: it heats up quickly, it's fully programmable, and has 20 mandrel holders.
To learn more about the Paragon BlueBird and other BlueBird kilns, use the bluebird link near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include comprehensive instructions, a pro shelf kit, UK VAT, and UK-mainland delivery.
|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
There are seven similar versions: 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 is probably the most popular knife kiln 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 below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link. 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 Paragon Fusion ClamShell CS16 comes in two versions: the CS16S which has an opening lid, and the CS16D which has an opening lid and an opening body giving an easy-access flat surface for arranging glasswork. So, S means single opening and D means double opening.
The CS16SB has two bead-annealing doors, and the CS16SW has a heat-resistant viewing window. These two options are not available on the CS16D: as the top is in two parts, it would be weakened by cut-outs for bead doors and windows. The CS14 is similar, but smaller. The CS19, CS26, and CS5630 are similar, but larger, and need to be wired in.
The Fusion 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 below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include comprehensive instructions and UK VAT.
|UK-EU-US REGULATIONS AND GENERAL SAFETY|
Ceramic-fibre kilns, such as the Paragon SC2, have heating elements that are safely embedded in the rigidised fibre: so there's no danger of a mains-voltage electric shock.
However, US-made firebrick kilns have elements in recessed grooves that are exposed whenever the kiln is open. UK and EU regulations require an additional switch, included in the price, which cuts off the power whenever the door or lid is opened.
It'll be too late to think about safety practices after an accident. Apart from kiln 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.
All particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so it's very important to wear a HEPA mask when mixing powders, handling charcoal, sanding dried metal-clays, and cleaning out your kiln. Ideally, use 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 INTERNATIONAL|
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 430,000. The 4,400 square-metre site, in Mesquite, Texas, USA, has over 80 full-time staff. A new 1,700 square-metre warehouse is under construction.
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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