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Microwave kilns?

07:50 AM 05/25/2011

In response to my previous posts my mother has suggested a microwave kiln as a possible starting point. Has anybody on my flist used one of these or know anybody who's used one? I can't seem to beat the price and they seem to be able to do ceramics and even some PMC stuff. (1650 degrees max) I'd have to pick up a spare microwave from the thrift store (don't want to mix PMC/clay firing chemicals with food) but those are really really cheap.

I mean a small one of these only costs about $80 so that's really affordable. And if they do silver PMC like they say they do that's even better because it means I can deal with some of the silver designs I have sketched out.

The thing these kilns were created for is fusing glass as well as casting glass. I've got some lovely deep blue glass that would look wonderful as a pendant... ;-)

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May. 25th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'll swing by the arts building and ask someone
I'll see if anyone has used them and if they can point you in the right direction.
May. 25th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll swing by the arts building and ask someone
Thank you kindly good sir! :-)
May. 28th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: I'll swing by the arts building and ask someone
I talked with a classmate and he said that SIU used gas and wood based kilns. He tried a microwave one and wasn't impressed. He's a art major with metal smithing as his trade. So he's experimented with a lot of stuff and gives a fair opinion.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll swing by the arts building and ask someone
Thanks for checking that out for me dude! :-)
May. 26th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm not on your flist, but...
am on the flist of someone who is. I think we live near each other.

FWIW, I googled "microwave kiln" and wasn't too impressed - you'd prolly be better off spending the money on a secondhand resistance kiln. Haunt Craigslist for awhile - these are very simple devices, and easy/cheap to repair if they're not completely trashed.

I have a mid-size pottery kiln(Paragon '88) which I've used for glass fusion and vacuum bakeout processes in the past - it's sat idle since I moved into my current home, but I'd *love* an excuse to wire it up and fire it. It's not for sale, but could be available for your use should you choose to visit. I also have a tiny enameling kiln I'll *give* you if you want it...
May. 26th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not on your flist, but...
Well I'm certainly interested in any help and being an out of work cheap bastard I'm not too proud to take hand-me-downs. ;-)

And since this would be for small jewelry size isn't too much of an issue but buying things right now is problematic to say the least.

I'm in McHenry, IL, zip 60050 - where are you?

Oh and in reference to your profile..."The Blue Star! Ahhhhhaaahh!" ;-)
May. 26th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not on your flist, but...
Out of work is difficult, but cheap can be smart. I don't care about your ancestry, and don't want to sell you anything.

I'm in Elgin; 60123.

Blue star? That'd be directly opposite the cathode at ~10u, right before electron bombardment heats a spot on the glass and melts a hole...
May. 26th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not on your flist, but...
Cool. Elgin's not that far from me and I visit some friend there from time to time over by the old hospital location.

This weekend is out but how about next week some time to pick up that enameling kiln?

Drop me a private message with contact info or mail me at mikehebel AT terminalcore.net and we'll work out a time and place. acelightning can vouch for me if need be.

Is there anything you need or are looking for? I come across different things from time to time.
May. 28th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not on your flist, but...
Which old hospital, the big scary one on '31 or the old empty one somebody just tore up making a movie?

I'll be in Lake Zurich a number of times next week - not too terribly far from your stomping grounds. Only day I know *for sure* about is Friday... I'll email you.

The lil' kiln came with several pounds of enamel powders in small jars, and a book if I can find it - do you want that stuff too? It'll cost you double, of course...

I'm always looking for 'things', but often can't define them without exhaustive discussion.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not on your flist, but...
The old Sherman location on the hill above the river. They live in one of the old Victorians on I think Douglas?

I sent you an e-mail concerning Friday. I'm free that day but have to be in McHenry at my daughter's school at noon and then after 1pm both she and I are let loose upon the world. So any time either before or after that.

Yes I'll happily take the enamel powders and book off your hands. I'm still in that experimenting stage so trying my hand at enamel would be awesome. :-)

We'll talk more on the phone or when we meet. I often run across things or leads to things in my travels that I pass on to others so once I have an idea of what you might need/want I'll know when to get a hold of you again.
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