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Ultra Lite Beehive Kiln
Kiln: Ultralite Beehive Kiln

This kiln ships free to destinations in the U.S.
The Ultra-Lite Kiln is table top jewelry kiln used to fire PMC 3, PMC Plus and Art Clay Silver fine silver clays. It will fire glass cabochons, over glaze enamels and is good for metal annealing and heat treating. The Ultralite is also popular with jewelers world-wide for working with granulation and keum boo, and enameling techniques. And, it's possible to fuse small glass projects as well.

The heating chamber of the kiln measures 3 1/2" in diameter and the exterior measures 5" in diameter. Nicknamed the "Bee Hive Kiln", it uses only 250 watts of power. The 15" cord plugs into standard 120V household power and heats directly to 1550F. The temperature can be raised to 1600F with the use of the Flat Cover Accessory, and a Temperature Controller can help you regulate the temperature accurately for best results.

The Ultra Lite Beehive Kiln is shipped ready to use for granulation and enameling. Spatula Included. Weighs 2 pounds.

Metal clay firing instructions below.
Price: $195.00
Product Dimensions: 7" x 5-1/2" x 7"
Made in USA
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Ultralite Beehive Kiln

Use to fire small metal clay pieces (25 grams or less), bond gold to fine silver (keum boo, Accent Gold), and for enameling and granulation work.
For Accessories to this kiln please click here.

Silver Clay Firing Discs are mini-ceramic kiln shelves. Fine silver pieces are placed on the disc to fire. One insert (3" in diameter) is placed on the heating element and allowed to pre-heat. Dry metal clay items are placed on the insert to fire. Fine silver clay cannot be fired without an insert.

Temperature Control is designed to lower the kiln temperature for Keum Boo and fusing fine and sterling silver. There are 10 temperature settings on the controller: From 850F - 1550F. The kiln has a very short cord, so the temperature controller works as the perfect extension cord as well.

Brass Keum Boo Covers are a set of 2 discs that fit over the heating elements to distribute heat evenly and regulate the temperature for the technique of keum boo. A cover is placed on the kiln and allowed to pre-heat with the kiln. The flat cover is for flat pieces, and the cover with the depression will allow you to work on dimensional items such as rings, beads, etc.

Flat Cover is placed on the heating element to raise the internal temperature to 1600F for enameled pieces. Fire with the lid off when using the flat cover to avoid going over temperature. The flat cover is also used under a firing tin to fire Accent Silver.

Power Consumption
The UltraLite plugs into a standard household outlet and draws 250 watts. Hourly cost to operate on average: 2 cents.

Kiln Location
The feet on the UltraLite Kiln are made of aluminum and can become hot enough to scorch wood during extended firing times. Use a 12" x 12" ceramic tile under the kiln to protect the table or counter surface.


The kiln is warrantied to be free of defects in workmanship for a period of 90 days from date of shipment. Manufacturer will repair or replace any parts that become defective under normal and proper use during the specified period.

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Firing Metal Clay with the UltraLite Beehive Kiln

With the addition of the ceramic insert placed on top of the element for firing metal clay the insulated element is operating hotter. We are recommending the use of the temperature control:
  • For an even temperature throughout the sintering process when the the lid is on
  • To prevent from melting metal clay in areas where there is high voltage
  • To compensate for hotter operating elements
  • Prolongs the element due to shorter firing times at a lower operating temperature
Drying Metal Clay
Pieces should be completely dry before firing. To dry, place a Ceramic Insert on the top of the Kiln cover while the Kiln is on. This provides a heated surface that will help your pieces dry quickly and thoroughly (Dries pieces in approximately 10 Minutes). Remove insert from the top prior to firing, leaving the insert on the top will lower kiln temperature

Using the Temperature Control
Place one Insert on the heating element then cover the kiln and preheat by setting the controller to 100% for 30 minutes then set the dial to the desired temperature:
  • High fire Metal Clay 85%
  • Low fire Metal Clay 65%
Place the dried Metal Clay on the insert allow for the small amount of smoke and flame to go out before covering. Keep covered for the required firing time, the piece should glow orange red (Salmon color)

Firing without the controller

Place one Insert on the heating element then cover the kiln and preheat for 45 minutes. Remove the lid, then place the dried Metal Clay on the heated insert (leaving the lid off the entire time), for proper sintering add 20 minutes to the recommended firing times. The piece should glow orange red (Salmon color)

Between firings, cover the kiln to reheat for 15 minutes.