Well- I must be doing something wrong with metal clay in my cute new Ultra Lite Beehive Kiln but I don't know what it is. I have tried to fire 6 pieces that I was very pleased with only to have them crumble after firing. I tried re-firing after the clay failed to sinter the first time only to have the entire piece turn brittle and when it broke I could see that it was blackened through and though The learning curve with metal clay is notoriously steep and can hit the pocket book hard. I've just ordered some more clay to work with. I'm using Hadar's Clay and Prometheus because I originally planned to torch fire and they were recommended for that approach but I ran into the same issues I'm having with the Ultra Lite. To date I have one tiny charm made with Hadar's clay with a torch... everything else has disintegrated.
If anyone has any suggestions for me besides buying a $1000 kiln please let me know.
Now I'll go back to mourning those pieces that turned to dust.