What are you going to use the torch on??? What metal, what sizes.
If you are not working gold or platinum, the temperature reached
by most torches is more than enough for silver work. If you have a
screeming hot but very tiny flame, you will find silver work very
difficult as the entire piece has to be heated and silver is a
great heat sink and you will not be able to get the work area hot
enough to get the solder to flow well. If the pieces are large, you
need to be able to apply A LOT of BTU’s so you will need a
relatively large torch flame. Even small silver work is difficlut
if you have a mini torch and a small tip as there just are not
enough BTU’s leaving the torch tip to heat the work properly. Gold
on the other hand works with a small very hot flame as one does not
have to heat the entire piece to solder it, just the work area.
Hope this helps.
Might suggest that you see if you can try different torchs at the
welding supply house. Try a local college and see if they have a
jewelry dept and ask if you could try some of their torches so you
can find what works best for what you are doing.
John and Cynthia/MidLife Crisis Enterprises
Maiden Metals/C. T. Designs/ Bloomin’ Wax Works. etc.
PO Bx 44, Philo
Ph 707-895-2635 FAX 707-895-9332
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