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#1

I inquired about a pencil torch because I work with 30 gauge
wire a lot and need a torch tip small enough to work with that
won’t melt everything. I’ve used the presto-lite but I don’t
think even the smallest tip is small enough.


#2
    I inquired about a pencil torch because I work with 30
gauge wire a lot and need a torch tip small enough to work
with that won't melt everything. I've used the presto-lite but
I don't think even the smallest >tip is small enough.

I have a micro torch (butane) I use on wire which I got from
Macaw tools, they have a web site which is I think
WWW.macaw.tools or very close. Their phone: 1-800-648-2643.
HTH, Kat


#3
I inquired about a pencil torch because I work with 30 gauge
wire a lot and need a torch tip small enough to work with that
won't melt everything. 

Vincent,

Try the Blazer (about $60.00)or one of its knock offs (about
$30.00). I’ve used the Blazer for years on light (<28ga) with no
problems. Oh, you can melt stuff if you let your concentration
wander (bg). The Blazer & it s’ knock offs use butane, the same
gas used in refillable cigarette lighters The gas is easy to
find.

Dave


#4

Just to mention…I have gone through 2 of the pencil torches.
We once placed a bulk order through a studio I was working in.
Within a few weeks we had all given up on them. I found it
difficult to keep mine going, other folks had similar problems.
So some of you are using them sucessfully for small repairs?

Karen
@Karenworks


#5

Dear Vincent:

In the Rio Grande tools catalog they have an eletronic soldering
machine that I think was made to handle thin gauge wire,jump
rings and anything too delicate for a conventional torch. The
gadget is expensive it is about $500. I think it is called a “Hot
Spot”. If you have the tool catalog (and they spare cash) you can
check it our yourself. I don’t think you have to pickel or use
solder with this device…

DeDe


#6
I inquired about a pencil torch because I work with 30 gauge
wire a lot and need a torch tip small enough to work with that
won't melt everything. I've used the presto-lite but I don't
think even the smallest tip is small enough.

hey vincent

have you ever tried a smith mini torch? they come with 5
different tips easily removed to do all your soldering work. you
can use a variety of gasses with them too. the #1 tip is SMALL
it has a special ruby tip. i’ve done really fine wire 20-30 and
i even use oxy acetylene and i’ve never had any melting problems.
wsh


#7
 have you ever tried a smith mini torch?  they come with 5
different tips easily removed to do all your soldering work. you
can use a variety of gasses with them too.  the #1 tip is SMALL
it has a special ruby tip. i've done really fine wire 20-30 and
i even use oxy acetylene and i've never had any melting
problems. wsh

wsh
I know my email says Vincent, but my name is Kelly. I would like
to try one of those mini torches, but i’ve only seen them for
around $200.00. do you know where I could find one cheaper.
thanks, Kelly


#8
 In the Rio Grande tools catalog they have an eletronic
soldering machine that I think was made to handle thin gauge
wire,jump rings and anything too delicate for a conventional
torch.  The gadget is expensive it is about $500. I think it is
called a "Hot Spot". If you have the tool catalog (and they
spare cash) you can check it our yourself.  I don't think you
have to pickel or use solder with this device...

What is the difference between “HOT SPOT” and “SPARKEY” and why
would one choose to use that system over a soldering torch???

Ah, just read that one may not have to use solder with the above
. . . fusion then?


#9

I think these are all questions for the Rio Grande sales
people…I would purchase the Hot Spot because it seems like a
cool thing to have around but it is EXPENSIVE for something that
looks like it could be built for $50…(yeah, right like I would
build it myself!!)


#10

What is the difference between “HOT SPOT” and “SPARKEY” and why
would one choose to use that system over a soldering torch???
Ah, just read that one may not have to use solder with the above
. . . fusion then?

The Sparky(II) is a finding fusion welding device that is VERY
handy (We call him Mr. Sparky). You can fusion weld posts on
earrings with stones in them, use titanium posts, fuse pin back
findings etc.

It does things that you would not want to do with a torch, but
it doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, replace a torch.

Rick
Richard D. Hamilton
Fabricated 14k, 18k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography
http://www.rick-hamilton.com
@rick_hamilton


#11
 wsh I know my email says Vincent, but my name is Kelly. I
would like to try one of those mini torches, but i've only
seen them for around $200.00. do you know where I could find
one cheaper.

The pencil torches can be found at any hardware store! About
$60.00. . … work with propane, but, like I’ve said before, they
aren’t any good when working with larger pieces. Not enough
heat!


#12

O.K. - I know I joked around about the pencil torch, well now I
have a confession to make. A couple of days ago, I went to Sears
and bought the pencil torch they have there, that I’ve had my eye
on for quite some time. It cost me $39.95. It hooks to a small
bottle of propane, or mapp gas. It works VERY good for a pencil
torch. It has a three foot braided hose (similair to that of the
Smith littletorch) made by Sears - a genuine Craftsman. I
definately reccomend this one- for more than a cigar lighter.
It’s in a clear blisterpak in the store, so you can kind of
examine it before you spend the money.

Tim Goodwin
@tmn8tr


#13
  I inquired about a pencil torch because I work with 30 gauge
wire a lot and need a torch tip small enough to work with that
won't melt everything. I've used the presto-lite but I don't
think even the smallest tip is small enough.

Burns-o-matic manufactures a pencil torch (found at most
hardware stores in the USA for around $40.00) This torch is
great for making chain links. It would work on 30 G too!!!


#14
 Burns-o-matic manufactures a pencil torch (found at most
hardware stores in the USA for around $40.00)  This torch is
great for making chain links.  It would work on 30 G too!!! >>

I own this torch already for putting tips on battery cables and
for burning lead in general. Nice to know I can use this torch
for jewelry too! Can I use Mapp gas with the kit as well?

Penny


#15

I used MAPP gas with this torch, it worked fine until the tip
fell off. I DO NOT honestly know whether the reason was the heat
of the MAPP gas, or if it was just “one of those things” that
went wrong. We returned it to the salesman from whom we
purchased it and ended up with a new one. No questions were
asked.

After that I started using propane and haven’t had a problem . .
. I’ve had the torch about 4 years.