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ABI tack II welder review


#1

I just wanted to pass along my two cents about the ABI tack II welder
in the wake of the articles just seen. After a shaky start, I’m
really in love with it. It certainly makes positioning heads, jump
rings etc. a breeze and is saving time (or possibly just saving
frustration) in our 5 goldsmith shop.

Granulation is very fun and cool! see:

Image saved from: http://www.foxfirejewelers.com

I haven’t had any luck fusion welding silver, but then I haven’t
really spent time on it… and the collet on the cock and fire weld
pencil is sloppy.

My score:

Concept of tool
10/10

Product $ value
8/10 at $1,300. can it be that hard to build?

Product quality
5/10 arrived damaged due to design flaw, voltmeter went out in 2
weeks, but the folks at ABI were good and now everything works.

Accessories
4/10 overpriced, make your own

My advice, buy one and experiment, it is worth learning to use it.

Michael Babinski
info@foxfirejewelers.com

ABI

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#2
Granulation is very fun and cool! see:
http://www.ganoksin.com/ftp/granulated-opal-pendant.jpg 

Very pretty piece irregardless of the method. Excellent taste and
Proportions.

Robert