07 September 2019

Sweet Dotted Bowls

Bullseye Glass Quick Tip:

In this Quick Tip, learn how to make these sweet dotted bowls with Color Line Paints and the simplest of tools!

To get started, layer two 4.75 ̋ circles of colorful 3mm sheet combinations and fire to a full fuse. For a slightly thinner, lighter bowl, swap the top 3mm layer for thin (-0050). The thinner top layer will contract just enough to form a narrow border of the base color along the bowl’s rim. Once your blanks are ready, let the fun begin!

Using pins, toothpicks, and Color Line’s affixable tips, add dots and flourishes of Color Line Paint in organic patterns. Explore the diversity of colors and the bold-to-whimsical mark-making range that these ready-to-use, lead-free enamels make possible. Easily mixable, they’re also great for developing your own custom colors.

Fuse the Color Line enamels to a gloss by firing the painted blanks, then slump in a Ball Surface mold (firing schedules below). Firing Color Line reds often requires a little extra attention.

02 September 2019

Paragon kilns have joined our READY to SHIP program!

For a limited time, the Paragon TNF82, TNF823, TNF1613, TNF233, Janus 1613, and Janus23 kilns have joined our READY to SHIP program!

Say goodbye to waiting weeks for your kiln as they will be on their way to you within 3-5 business days of your order!! All READY to SHIP models are single-phase and are equipped with an upgraded 12-key digital controller!

TNF82 / TNF823 - The TNF82 kiln is large enough for most ceramic projects. Figured at the cost per cubic foot, it is among Paragon's lowest priced hobby kilns. The TNF82 features a top row of 2” high blank wall bricks. Since the brick is without element grooves, it is less susceptible to damage during loading than a grooved brick. The TNF82 is made of 2 ½” thick firebrick and is designed for low-fire ceramics, china paint, decals, and gold. For porcelain and stoneware, select the TNF823 as it is made of 3” firebrick.

TNF1613 - The TNF1613 3" wall kiln is designed for porcelain, so it easily fires ceramics, china paint, decals, and gold. The size is ideal for teachers! The 8-sided, 16 ½” wide and 13 ¼” deep interior is as tall as standard 7-sided kilns.

TNF233 - Studio owners call the TNF233 kiln a “real workhorse.” The 10-sided TNF233 comes standard with deluxe 3” thick sidewalls, lid and bottom. This is 20% thicker than the standard 2 ½” thick bricks. Since the TNF233 is designed to fire porcelain and stoneware, it will easily handle low-fire ware.

Janus 1613 / Janus23 - All Janus Series kilns can fire both pottery and glass. Heating elements are mounted in the lid and sidewalls. Select between glass and pottery with the flip of a switch. With the switch in the glass position, heat comes from the top elements and the middle sidewall element. With the switch in pottery mode, heat comes from only the sidewall elements. The elements in the lid are mounted in a firebrick “ball” groove and the coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements stay in place without pins. Plus, a kiln stand is included at no extra charge!

31 January 2019

Troubleshooting Your Controller

From electrical power issues to temperature, display, and keypad problems, Paragon Kilns has designed a Troubleshooting Guide for the Sentry Controller

Even though it was created by Paragon for the Sentry 2.0, this guide can help with almost any digital controller as the basic principles are the same. 

With of all the great insight included in the guide, my favorite part is how it describes the six basic parts a digital kiln uses to control heat. And, understanding how your kiln works will simplify all of your troubleshooting efforts!  

29 December 2018

ALERT: Price Increases Ahead

It's all about saving money, right? So, we wanted to give everyone a heads up that both Paragon and Evenheat will have price increases in January. Evenheat's new prices will go into effect on January 1st and, Paragon will follow with new prices on January 15th. 

We also wanted to let you know that Evenheat has discontinued the following models: Fishbone, Studio Pro 15, GT 4050, GT 14-6, Hot Shot, Ten Cubed.

Thank you for all of your business, and referrals in 2018. The kind words sent to us in e-mails, social media posts, and reviews mean everything to us! We are proud to be your partner in your creative journey and look forward to continuing to provide you with groovy prices, free shipping on all kilns and outstanding customer service.

Wishing you all the happiness and success for 2019!
Gail and Stacey

22 December 2018

Introducing NEW sizes of Bullseye ThinFire!

Bullseye ThinFire shelf paper is now available in two new, economical sizes! One roll is wide (32.75’ x 41), the other is narrow (65' x 20.5), but each is the same square footage. Choose your size based on your kiln and studio space. They are easy to store for either home or commercial use. And the best part – they dispense right from the box! No need to unpack - just pull out the ThinFire you need and go! These economy-sized rolls are a great addition to the ThinFire family!

If you are not familiar with Bullseye ThinFire, it is a ceramic-impregnated shelf paper that provides
excellent separation between glass and kiln shelf in firing applications up to 1600˚F (871˚C). Compared to more conventional ceramic fiber materials, it produces a glossier finish on the shelf side of your project, creates less binder burnout odor, and is lighter in weight (for easier handling and storage). Compared to kiln washes, ThinFire reduces shelf preparation time and improves surface release. Each piece good for one firing only.

Learn more about ThinFire...