PROFESSIONAL MINI GLASS BEAD ANNEALER by Devardi Glass

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PROFESSIONAL MINI GLASS BEAD ANNEALER

NOW WITH STAINLESS STEEL INTERIOR

FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY

NEARING 4000 UNITS SOLD

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This mini stove (kiln) has been designed specifically for glass annealing (rather than for hair tools). The opening measures 1.5 INCHES HIGH AND 3 INCHES WIDE x 4.5 inches deep. The top portion is flat for placing Murini, Frit and other small glass items on top for warming. The thermostat has also been modified so the stove reaches annealing temperatures.

THIS MINI ANNEALER WORKS EXCELLENT FOR ANNEALING SMALL SCALE COE 104 GLASS BEADS AND OTHER ORNAMENTS. WE GUARANTEE SATISFACTION OR YOUR MONEY BACK.

We have thoroughly tested this mini annealer. We tested temperature consistence, ramp down consistence and glass bounce test where the hardness of the annealed beads is tested. All our tests proved excellent. We are very happy with the results. We have received many, many emails from our customers who are also very pleased with the results of this annealer.

 This annealer can also be used as a rod warmer. Just turn the thermostat down a few clicks.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ WHAT CORNING GLASS HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANNEALING GLASS. Our mini annealer follows precisely what Corning Glass states is required to anneal glass. Corning Glass is considered to be the world's leading expert in glass.

 

OUR MINI ANNEALER

New Design for the 110 Volt USA Model Pictured Below. Stainless Interior.

 

Left - Red lighted "On and Off" switch.

Right - Thermostat heat control Knob. Please ignore the heat settings on the knob. They do not correspond to the annealing function.

Below is a view from the front with a few beads annealing. The bead rack inside comes with the unit.

 

 

So how does this annealer work?

 

1. Plug the unit  into a standard 110 volt outlet for USA models or 240 volt for European models.

 

2. Once the unit is plugged in, flip the red switch on the left to its "on" position. A light inside the red switch will come on indicating the unit is in the "on" position.

3. Turn the thermostat knob on the right clockwise all the way until it stops.

 

This annealer will reach a preset temperature of 950 - 970 degrees F in about 30 minutes when the thermostat knob on the right is turned clockwise to its maximum position. The thermostat knob will not exceed this temperature setting as there is a stop when the knob is turned clockwise to this setting, and the annealer is designed to reach this temperature as a maximum. (There will be minor fluctuations of temperature at its maximum. This is normal and will not affect the annealing process. All kilns have minor fluctuation from their set temperatures.)

 

4. Wait approximately 30 minutes. This is a sufficient amount of time for the unit to reach 950 - 970 degrees F.

 

5. As you make your beads, slide the end of the mandrel with the bead into the annealer and rest it on the rack provided as pictured above. Rest the other end of the mandrel that you handle on the outside bar provided. For the annealing process, allow at least 2 hours "soaking time" at this temperature after the last bead has been inserted into the stove. Be careful not to touch your beads to the wall of the annealer, or to other beads. They will stick to walls and other beads when taken from the torch. Keep your beads at least a 1/4 inch from any wall.

 

6. After at least 2 hours soaking time, you are ready to begin ramping down the temperature. Turn the thermostat knob on the right counterclockwise slowly until you hear the thermostat click. Stop when you hear this click. This turns the stove off and will allow the stove to begin cooling down. Wait approximately 15 - 20 minutes. More time is ok. Less is not. Be sure to wait at least 15 minutes. If the thermostat fluctuates again, this is ok.

 

7. After 15 - 20 minutes, turn the thermostat knob on the right counterclockwise again, slowly, until you hear the click again. Each time you turn the thermostat down until you hear a click, this will allow the unit to cool another 50 degrees or so over a period of about 15 - 20 minutes. Continue to do this every 15 - 20 minutes until you have reached the "stop" in the thermostat knob that prevents you from turning it any further counterclockwise. At this point, turn off the red switch and allow the unit to cool naturally to room temperature. You can cover the annealer at this point with a ceramic fiber blanket if you wish. This is actually best. I also put a small piece above and below the mandrels to cover the opening. Just be sure to NEVER cover this annealer when it is in the "on" position.

 

You are done. :)

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to not place orange/red hot beads in the annealer. This can result in beads sagging or sticking to each other. Only slightly red, or less, is proper. Never cover the opening of the annealer in the "on" position. This will ruin the annealer.

Always test your first batch by annealing some test beads.

 

BATCH ANNEALING: This Mini Annealer can also be used as a batch annealer from a cool position. With the annealer at room temperature, stack your beads on bare mandrels and carefully slide them inside the annealer, hanging the mandrel end on the rack provided inside the annealer and the other end on the outside bar. The beads can touch each other on the mandrels. They will not stick at 950 - 970 degrees F. However, it is best to leave a slight space between all beads. Turn on the red switch. Move the thermostat knob counterclockwise as far as it will go to turn off the annealer. Then, slowly move the thermostat knob clockwise until you hear a click. This means the stove is warming up. Stop and wait for the click again, or about 10 minutes. Turn the thermostat knob clockwise again until it clicks. Repeat this until you have reached the end of the clockwise position of the thermostat knob. Ramping up time can be done much quicker than ramping down. Once you have reached the maximum position clockwise on the thermostat knob, follow the annealing directions above.

 

Ramping down time can take as little as 2 hours. This will safely reduce the heat at a rate that will not damage the anneal of the glass. However, usually it takes longer only because it is usually done while you do other things. Consistently lowering the temperature at a specific rate doesn’t seem to happen when you are busy with other stuff. LOL!  But the inconsistency in ramping down time does not cause any problems with the glass. The crucial element is the amount of soaking time at 950 - 970 degrees, and a slow ramping down time. This is all that is necessary to maintain good glass annealing integrity, regardless of whether it is a bit inconsistent. 

 

This Mini Bead Annealer is for professional use only. It is not intended to be used in the home around children or pets. It gets hot on the outside and can cause burns if touched. Please keep this stove on a metal desktop or other nonflammable surface, and away from combustible materials, children and pets. Never touch the outside of the stove when it is on. This unit should be monitored at all times when it is in use.

 

Electrical Specs: 450 watts, 110 volts, 4.1 amps. Or 450 watts 240 volts, 2 amps for European models. Thermostatically controlled.

 

Here is a picture of the USA 110 volt electrical plug:

International Plug 240 Volt pictured below

   

To the left is a picture of the 240 volt European plug model. Has a stainless interior.

 

Purchase the Annealer

 

$76 Each. In stock now.

 
USA - Shipping is $14.60

 

 
For Canada Only. 110 volt. Shipping is $38 First Class Mail:

 

 
For International only. Shipping is $54.00 First Class Mail.

If you're international, but use 110 volt, please notify us by email. Otherwise, we will ship you a 220 volt unit.

If you're in the USA, but prefer a 220 volt unit, please email us. Otherwise, we will ship you a 110 volt unit.


* Warranty - 6 Months from the date of purchase. Restrictions apply:

First 30 to 90 days after purchase date, free replacement of a defective unit. We pay the shipping both ways.
From 90 days to 180 days after purchase date, we will repair a defective unit free of charge. Customer pays to ship unit to us, we pay to ship the unit back to the customer.
 

Some nice feedback from our customers on the Mini Annealer:

 
Your Bead annealer SAVED MY LIFE!  Fantastic idea, job,product, etc.  I
cannot begin to express how much i appreciate this product!  Not to mention
that it does everything and more of what is listed.  Also, the FASTEST
shipping I have ever encountered!  Thank you Devardi!
 
I couldn't and wouldn't ever have expected the wonderful outcome! The annealed ones are almost as strong as brick-bats...lol
 

If you need to anneal items other than something that will be on a mandrel, such as marbles, pendants and other things, the rack below is necessary. This will sit on the bottom of the annealer but will allow a space between the object being annealed and the annealer floor. You cannot place a glass object directly on the annealer floor. It sill stick.

 

Rack for annealer floor. Stainless steel heavy mesh. $4.99

 
 
Using the Mini Bead Annealer as a rod warmer.
 

This Mini Annealer can also be used as a rod warmer inside, and a murini warmer on top. If you intend on using it for that, the plates below will prevent glass from sticking to the stove.

 

To use the annealer as a rod warmer, first follow steps 1-4 above for the annealing process. Once you have done this, turn your thermostat knob counterclockwise slowly until the green light comes on. Wait again for the green light to go off and turn the thermostat knob again counterclockwise until the green light comes on. This will reduce the temperature enough to handle warming the rods. If you have difficulties at this temperature, turn the thermostat knob counterclockwise again until the desired lower temperature is reached. 

 

 

Left plate goes on top outside the annealer for frit and Murini. It prevents glass pieces from sticking to the warmer and offers a nice flat surface to pick up frit by rolling your bead. It is made of plate aluminum.

The plate on the right in the picture above goes inside the warmer and sits about a 1/4 inch above the bottom. It prevents the glass rods from sticking to the bottom of the warmer. Made of plate stainless steel. The Glass Rod/Mandrel Rack sold above will also fit in the warmer with this plate inside.

 

 

 

 

Top Plate 1/4 inch aluminum 4 x 5 inch - $4.99 ea

 

Inside Plate 1/8 stainless 3 x 3.25 inch - $3.99 each