In general how well is this torch suited to jewelry
making? I have #2, #0, and #000 tips for the beast (it's a
Victor). Can anyone recommend tip sizes that would work better?
I believe Goss and Hoke make adaptors for their regular fittings
that allow you to use the Lil Torch tips or their own miniature tips.
How well is this torch suited to jewelry work and are there
limitations I should be aware of?
These are only OK if you have no other resource and you only intend
to do the most rudimentary work. You’ll be happier with a torch meant
for jewelry work–more precise flame and better balance in the
Finally, I've been giving some thought to buying a Prestolite
Prestolites are the work horses on the reservations. They last a
long time, take abuse and are frequently used to make repairs on the
vehicles as well. But, they will not repair fine chain, tip prongs,
or other things that require a very tiny precise flame to isolate it
from the rest of the piece.
My recommendation is to get a Prestolite or Goss mixed air torch,
and if you can afford a Lil Torch, get one of those too. You’ll have
the best of both worlds. Y fittings or quick disconnects will allow
you a choice coming off your tanks. Use flashback arrestors.
Another note about the difference is the amount of fuel consumed.
The Lil Torch is very economical on fuel use, only using about 1/4 of
the gases as the typical gas/oxy or mixed air torches.
For many years I did all my work with a propane torch, like one of
those ones you buy at the hardware store. The piece entitled
"Stairway to Heaven" in the Ganoksin gallery was done with this type
of setup, including the overlay and chain. However, now I use my Lil
Torch almost exclusively, and would be lost without it. I did learn
about torch control with the rudimentary torch, but if I had my Lil
Torch when I was making that chain, it would have taken a lot less
time, and fewer cusswords and long walks on the hills.