Polly, I have a friend with a large wholesale line and a good
retail business who never solders. She sparkies everything. So, I
went ahead and ordered a Sparkie through one of their
distributors. It came late because the paperwork got mixed up, and
as I waited I discovered that, with practice, I could solder bezel
cups easily. Now, since I like the serrated bezel cups on some
stones, I don’t use the sparkie for bezel cups. However, I couldn’t
attach a pierced earring pin or either end of a pin to save my soul
and I rely on my Sparkie. They come out beautifully!
This does mean, however, that I needed a Sparkie II (which I had
already sprung for) and a power pack (which I now have). My
production line tends to vary (as I explain in my catalog, the
samples are there to show approximately what they will get, but to
save the sanity of the artist, each will be different) so I
haven’t used the special plastic plate yet.
– kathi parker, MoonScape Designs