Dichroic Firing Using a Quick Fire
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- November 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm #10049rsnyder34Participant
Wondering if anyone else out there is using a paragon quick fire 6 kiln. Have been relying on what it looks like at 1500 f. for 7 mins. Have been firing Dichroic jewelry. Does anybody else have any suggestions using a basic kiln?December 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm #13118wordanaParticipant
Do you have a specific question? For instance, are you seeing problems with that firing schedule?
You’ll use different schedules for different effects. So unless we know what you are trying to achieve, and the results you are getting with the current schedule, we aren’t going to be able to provide much useful information.
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsMarch 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm #13119katkramerParticipant
Without additional information, I can tell you that 1500° for 7 minutes is a little too hot and a little too long for a full fuse jewelry using dichro. If you fire too hot, your dichro may degrade into a gray haze, and it’s wasted. I usually use a 1475° for full fuse, and only about 3-4 minutes. Paul’s schedules are for a two-layer full fuse at 1475° for 10 minutes, but for jewelry I tend to shorten the hold.
Also, are you firing a slab that you’re cutting up into individual pendants? Or making individual pendants by stacking pieces of glass?
Kilns vary. But if you’re having problems with your dichro jewelry, it may be that you’re firing hot and long.
More information is helpful!
http://www.katkramer.comJune 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm #13120Meryl28Participant
I just got my quickfire but don’t know how to keep it at a specific temp before ramping down. do you use a control???June 22, 2015 at 4:10 am #13121andepamaParticipant
I’ve used a quickfire for fusing jewelry and I lift the lid to check on the progress, once it’s fused to my liking, I just turn the kiln off, I vent after 5 minutes. I have never needed a controller (I don’t think they even make one) they heat up very fast, they cool down very fast.
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