There are lots of good videos on you tube describing the various
jewelers torches, how to light them etc. etc. Rio Grande has an
excellent one. Check it out.
There is absolutely no need to be afraid of using the torch, if you
just relax, follow directions, and pay attention to what you are
doing. You will find video’s on the internet, showing how to set up a
fire proof station where you will do your soldering.
you have a choice of many different types of torches. Here again,
you tubes videors on the internet will describe them in detail and
show how to use them.
My own favorite for small items is the Smith little torch, which
uses small disposable propane canisters (very safe), and a small
However, for most of my work, soldering, annealing and melting metal
for lost wax casting, I use my trusty Prestolite torch and acetylene
gas (B Tank). I have used the Smith silver smith torch, but found
the Prestolite easier to use as the shape of the torch fits my hand
better and is great when I am doing a lot of melting of metal as
when casting. I don’t use propane, as it is not as safe as acetylene.
However, I dohave friends who prefer it, but they put their tanks
outside when then arefinished using their torch, and do not keep it
in the house.
I assure you, if you follow directions, pay attention to what you
are doing, work on a fireproof area, you will not burn your studio
down, or blow yourself up.
Ideally, taking a class in jewelry making where they use torches
regularly will be a great help, as you will learn how to use it
Just, relax, enjoy working with your torch, consider it your friend,
and as Jo says, “make lots of jewelry.”