March 2007

Sources: Keum-boo Supplies

Keum boo Supplies

by Elaine Luther

Want to try Keum Boo but don’t know where to start, or where to find everything? A number of metal clay suppliers carry a number of terrific items for Keum boo. Tevel at All Craft in New York City was and is the first and best. He is your most complete source for everything you need for Keum boo.

Here’s my list of what you need for Keum boo:

- Celie Fago’s book
- Agate burnisher
- Coil type electric hot plate
- Gold foil specifically for keum boo
- Brass sheet, 18 gauge, 6 inch x 6 inch

Here’s where to buy them:

- Celie Fago’s book
Available from her website, from All Craft, from Rio. You must get the book.
All Craft

- Agate burnisher
- Gold foil specifically for keum boo
Both available from Allcraftonline

- Brass sheet, 18 gauge, 6 inch x 6 inch
Available from assorted metalsmithing supply houses, you may have to pay extra for have it cut to 6 x 6.

- Coil type electric hot plate
Available from discount department stores such as Wal Mart and Kmart. They cost about $10.00 for a single burner one. Target tends to carry the double burner ones, which run about $30.00.

Some folks use their Ultralight Beehive kiln for keum boo. I don’t really get this. That much heat is not necessary. If you’re going to burn yourself, why not do it at 700 or 800 degrees instead of 1500? (Please don’t burn yourself.)

That’s it. Keum boo is super easy when you’ve got the right tools. Get Celie’s book, get what she says to get and you’ll be happy. Don’t try it without the agate burnisher.

Review: Ultra-Lite Beehive Kiln

Ultra Lite Beehive Kiln

One of the most common questions for people just starting with PMC or Art Clay Silver is, “How do I fire this stuff?’ The choices are:

- Kiln
- Ultra Light Beehive Kiln
- Hot Pot
- Speedfire Cone
- Stove Top Firing
- Torch Firing

All of them have their pluses and minuses, I won’t go into all of that here. A kiln is obviously best, but also the most expensive.

What’s the best compromise choice? To me, the best choice must:

- be able to be used indoors, by folks who may live in a big city high rise, and those who do not have a garage
- not have open flames or black smoke
- be able to fire all of the different types of clay

The only method (besides a kiln) that meets all of those requirements is the UltraLight Beehive Kiln by JEC Products. It’s relatively affordable ($150.00 with required ceramic inserts) and available from JEC and Rio Grande.

It heats up to about 1500 degrees. It uses 110 electricity and can be used on your kitchen counter. I’d put it on a ceramic tile or kiln shelf.

I own one of these and take it along to all of the classes that I teach for students to try if they want. The manufacturer also makes a nifty carrying case now, if you have a need for that.

I get no kick backs for recommending this product, it’s just a great little kiln. You can also use it for glass fusing, enameling and granulation.

Where to buy:

From Rio Grande or

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Welcome to All Things Metal Clay

A source list for hard to find, unusual and just flat out cool tools for working with metal clay, polymer clay and for metalsmithing. Overwhelmed by all the choices? Looking for an expert recommendation? Elaine Luther, aka “The Finder,” to the rescue.

I’ll be posting my reviews of tools I like, and of course I’ll tell you where to find them. I welcome your reviews and suggestions as well.

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