I no longer work with a laser, but I did for approx. 3 years. I had
a laserstar from crafford and YES! I loved it!!!!
great for tack welding multiple heads in rings or pendants to hold
them in place while soldering...(no more taping the head with your
tweezers in one hand, the torch in the other trying to get that box
repairs that you could not do traditionally...no problem for the
laser. Thin chains, stress fractures...prong cracks...no probem.
Even repairs stainless steel eyeglasses. gold filled too!
As far as design work..look out! innovative and unique designs that
cannot be done with a torch....(I used to set alot of OMF stones, and
you could actually make a bezel box, usually this required alot of
little pieces of concave gold welded in place and soldered together
with the exception of one seam...cut the seat, place stone in...close
the last seam with your fingers and laser shut, easy as pie, and less
risk of chipping a stone with 8 little points...I could send you some
pics if you want!!!!)
I loved my laser, and hope someday to buy another one....A tip to
buyers out there...they now sell reconditioned lasers at a fraction
on the cost of a new one!
julia potts studios