I bought this kiln to use for precious metal clay pieces. It does it's job perfectly! The kiln is a really nice size and incredibly light weight which makes it ideal for working in a small space. I've been working with Prometheus bronze clay and it has done an amazing job on all my pieces to date. It's very consistent. I can fit three 50p size pieces of clay in at one time for firing. I'm able to control the temperature somewhat by moving the lid to the side and this has worked fine. I was hesitant to purchase a kiln after torch firing for years but I'm so happy I made the decision to buy. It's a great kiln and I would highly recommend it.
This new Studio version of the Ultralite Kiln (which we introduced to the UK many, many years ago) has had a total redesign and is now better than ever.
This little beehive style kiln is the ideal size for a jewellery bench top kiln. If you work with fine metals granulation, enamelling, and/or KeumBoo we're sure you'll find this your dream tool! It's also perfect for drying and firing silver clay, fusing glass, fusing fine gold and silver, and more!
The Ultralite Kiln is a tiny (smaller than a football) open-top kiln with a lift-off metal lid. It is incredibly energy efficient, it will cost you less than 4 pence per hour! It is quick; it'll be at 650°C in about 20 minutes, and full temperature is reached in 45 minutes.
It's not programmable, you just plug it in and it will do its job perfectly and efficiently. It will fire at a steady 840°C with the lid on, and 620°C with the lid off. You can adjust the temperature in a few different ways:
- add a UltraLite Studio Temperature Controller, lets you control the temperature between 400-850°C
- lower the temperature by moving the lid to one side, and take it down to about 620°C by taking the lid off
- add an UltraLite Reflective Cover lid and increase the temperature with up to 38°C (up to about 880°C)
The temperature is ideal for most silver clays; like Art Clay Silver and PMC+/PMC Flex. The kiln heats quickly and evenly and you cannot over-fire using this method.
Being speedy it's just right for a small teaching studio, and tiny enough to put away if you want an occasional hobby kiln. As it only weighs about 1kg and is smaller than a football, it's easy to take to craft fairs, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Please ensure the kiln sits on a flat/level surface.
Features of the UltraLite Studio Kiln:
- Firing surface is 8.9 cm (3.5") in diameter, and 3.8 cm (1.5") tall firing area
- 843°C (1550°F) maintained operating temperature
- 3-pin UK plug
This kiln is not suitable for firing base metal clay or sterling clay.