Dear Fellow Orchidians- Today My husband Tim Green, Mary Wong,(of
Trios), and I took a workshop from Kevin Lindsey on Tig Welding. Oh
my word! What a wonderful thing! No solder, no flux, no fire scale.
Just clean welds.
We played with platinum and 18kt yellow gold. I can’t wait to try it
on palladium. We were even able to fill gaps in the platinum in the
blink of an eye. We do a lot of “old school” platinum and 18kt
fabrication in our studio. The tig as far as I can see is going to be
great for the kind of stuff we do.
And the cost?
A WHOLE lot less than a laser. Anywhere from a thousand bucks to
three thousand. We are starting to work more and more in palladium.
Lasers just don’t work that well with palladium. The seams look great
with a laser, but they always fail under any kind of stress. Since
the tig covers the work with an argon atmosphere there are also no
discoloration issues as with conventional torches.
We are still beginners with the tig, but we can sure see just how
really, really useful it can be. I’m looking forward to trying it
some more. And my husband is REALLY looking forward to buying a new
tool that we won’t have to mortgage our house for.
So, if any of my fellow orchidians are thinking about investing in a
laser, or working in palladium especially, I’d recommend that yall
give Kevin Lindsey a holler.