Thanks to the folks who took the time to give me credit card advice,
for a one-time show, it was very helpful.
Now I have a bigger dilemma. Due to past postings on Orchid
regarding torches in one’s home, and insurance matters, I have come
to the sad conclusion that I can no longer have a torch in my home
studio. To further reinforce the issue, I live in a condo, and our
covenants forbid having anything explosive. (do I have to give up
hairspray too?) I have been worrying about this since reading those
postings, and now that my big acetylene tank has run out, I’ve made
the painful decision to give it up. I’m having serious withdrawal,
while trying to figure out how I’ll manage. Cold connections can only
go so far! One possibility is enrolling in a silversmithing class
periodically to have access to the torch, but that would certainly
require a different approach and discipline, i.e., lots of "prep"
work, and then lots of soldering. Not good for someone who loves (at
least somewhat) instant gratification of seeing a piece from
beginning to end. I’m thinking I can possibibly do some soldering in
my small PMC/enameling kiln, on things of the same sort of weight, or
heft. But no small things like earring posts. Perhaps I’ll solder
with the inexpensive hardware-store propane tanks on the creek bank
behind the house, and then dispose of them. I’m thinking outside the
box, outside the house. Does anyone have any brilliant suggestions
I’m not considering?
Thanks in advance,