I’m new to hot jewelry work, but I’m having some trouble, so I
thought maybe I could get some tips here.
I’m working to learn granulation, Argentium since it looks much
easier. I have Ronda Coryell’s videos, which are awesome, and have
been following along through the series, watching and then working.
I read on these forums that Revere academy uses Meco Midget torches
at all benches, and Otto Frei verified this, so I got one with an
oxygen & propane setup (no natural gas in my area). On Ronda’s
videos, I see that she uses another torch, but I’m assuming in her
classes at Revere, it’s the Meco.
I’m having a heck of a time getting anything to fuse onto the metal
sheets. I can make granules and fuse rings and links just fine, but
when I try to get them onto the sheet, either they don’t fuse, or
they more like melt, the sheet distorts and bends, and the whole
thing is a mess. I’ve followed all the video instructions as to
flux, etc, so I think maybe it’s a torch issue. I’ve tried with all
the tips I have, from N-00 up to N-4, still no luck.
It’s very possibly just the bad technique of a newbie with a
learning curve, but I’d love some troubleshooting help, especially
with getting this torch to work for me, as I can’t afford another