glassbymargot

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    Here is my experience… I started with a small Evenheat 6″ kiln. A waste of money. Quickly outgrew it. Then I bought the Paragon Pearl 22 (love it!) and eventually added a Skutt 14. I liked the Skutt, but sold it to upgrade to a Paragon 16. If I could only have one I’d get the Pearl 22 but the Paragon 16 is a good size too. What I’ve learned…. I prefer a clam shell model easier to get things in the kiln. I also upgraded to the ceramic fiber lids – cleaner. I don’t think a window is necessary or worth the extra money. I also like the controller on the Paragons better than on the Skutt, though the 3-key controllers could be designed better. In my experience, customer Service is better from Skutt than Paragon.

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    #12356
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    When I first started fusing I used some shelf paper that smoked and really smelled bad as it turned brown and burned of the binders. I use bullseye thinfire now and it doesn’t smell but yes it does turn brown before it goes white again – no brown resdue though.

    #12198
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    I had a similar problem with a shelf once. I fired the shelf in my kiln to1500 degrees F. Whatever was on the shelf preventing it from taking on the kiln wash burned off. Not sure if this will help but but may be worth a try.

    #11520
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    I have a Paragon Pearl 22. I can drape a 12″ square over a floral former in it.

    #11344
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    Congrats on the kiln. I started fusing in 2009. I am just north of Houston. I ended up taking classes in Las Vegas at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo. I buy my supplies from Hollander Glass in Houston. They are just starting to embrace fusing. Patty Gray will be teaching a two day class there in September. Not sure if it will be open to everyone or just account holders.

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