Choosing Between Kiln and Torch Firing

Crafting Brilliance: Choosing Between Kiln and Torch for Firing Metal Clay

As creators in the world of metal clay, the choice between firing techniques can significantly impact the outcome of your masterpiece. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of firing metal clay with a torch versus a kiln, and delve into specific scenarios where kiln firing shines, including the use of sensitive cubic zirconias and stones. Along the way, we'll demystify the kiln firing process, shedding light on crucial elements like using carbon, while highlighting the support Clay Revolution offers throughout your artistic journey.


Pros and Cons of Torch Firing:

Torch firing offers immediacy and control, making it an excellent choice for smaller projects and quick results. It's a versatile method suitable for various metal clay types, providing a hands-on experience for the artist. However, it may pose challenges with larger pieces, and achieving consistent heat distribution can be a skill that requires practice.

Pros and Cons of Kiln Firing:

Kiln firing, on the other hand, introduces a level of precision and reliability that is unmatched. It's ideal for larger pieces, and the controlled environment ensures even heating, reducing the risk of uneven sintering. However, kilns can be a significant investment, and the process takes longer compared to torch firing.

Scenarios for Kiln Firing

When working with specific colors of cubic zirconias, especially delicate hues like blues and greens, and firable gemstones, kiln firing becomes essential. The controlled temperature and slower heating and cooling cycles prevent thermal shock, preserving the integrity of these gemstones in your metal clay creations. Kilns are also preferred for achieving higher sinter levels ensuring bendability after firing. Kilns are required for base metals which need carbon controlled environments.

The Kiln Firing Process:

Firing metal clay in a kiln involves careful steps to ensure optimal results. Choosing the material for support of the work and choosing the correct temperatures and times are just a few of important decisions to make when kiln firing metal clay. One crucial element is the use of carbon for firing base metals, which creates a reducing atmosphere, preventing oxidation and enhancing the final appearance of your piece. It's a precise process that requires attention to detail, but the results are well worth the effort.

"Choose your fire, craft your vision, and let the artistry unfold."

- Carrie Story

Clay Revolution's Support:

At Clay Revolution, we understand the importance of guidance throughout your artistic journey. As a testament to our commitment, we offer free firing services when you choose our Five Star base metal clays or our innovative Project X silver clay line. We're more than a provider; we're your creative partners. Feel free to reach out for support at any stage of your project. Visit for additional resources and assistance tailored to your needs.


Whether you opt for the immediacy of torch firing or the precision of kiln firing, the choice ultimately depends on your artistic vision and the specific requirements of your project. With Clay Revolution by your side, you're not just purchasing products; you're joining a community that is passionate about liberating your creativity. Embrace the exciting journey of metal clay crafting, knowing that you have a partner who is dedicated to your success.


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