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Featured Tool: Jumbo Max Flame Butane Torch, SOL-310.00
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Tool of the Week for February 25, 2013
This week’s tool: Jumbo Max Flame Tool, #SOL-310.00
Video by Kate, JewelryTools.com
This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the Jumbo Max Flame Tool, SOL-310.00.
This handheld torch is easy to use: the red switch on the side adjusts how large the flame is, and there’s a nice switch that locks the flame on. There’s also a safety lock, so it only turns on when you want it to. This butane torch works great on sterling silver, Argentium®, and copper.
It’s easy to fuel up: with butane from the hardware store: the fuel goes in the bottom (do this outside, just like liver of sulfur). You can remove the fuel, too, so you can even pack this torch in your checked luggage if you want to.
Patti Bullard teaches Metalworking 101 with this torch, and let me tell you a secret: there’s no need to convert the garage into a fireproof craft room. (I thought I’d have to!) With safety precautions like a fire extinguisher, a fire-proof surface such as a ceramic tile, and good ventilation, you can still make jewelry in your slippers. Check out the projects you can make with Metalworking 101!
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February 25, 2013 at 8:07 am
About those torches, what i would like to know is there other type to use for solder that dont use flames, such as a liquid or like a glue type to put silver, goldand metal wire together?
would like a reply soonest, thank you
February 25, 2013 at 9:27 am
Hi Dorothy, most jewelry soldering does involve a flame. But a small torch like this (practically a creme brulee torch for the kitchen) is just a wee thing and easy to manage.
There are soldering irons, which are used in stained glass and electronics, but from my very basic understanding, those are for base metals, and cannot be used with silver or gold.
From what I understand, the reason soldering irons won’t work, is that you must heat the entire piece being soldered AND the solder with the torch, not just melt the solder and then sandwich the cold metal parts together.
By the way, each Soldering DVD we have comes with a complete safety guide, including what to wear while soldering, so you can feel safe and comfortable while soldering!
February 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm
If you order supplies from Jewelry Tools can they come in the same
parcel as the items I order at the same time from Wire Sculpture?
February 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Hi Eileen, good question!
No, Wire-Sculpture’s products ship from our warehouse in Ogden, Utah, and JewelryTools orders ship from our Missouri warehouse.
Thanks for asking!
March 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm
I have some of my mothers old earrings. They are the ones that screw on. Can I solder a post on them with the Jumbo Max Flame Tool? I sure would like to wear them but I’m afraid to because I don’t want to lose them. If not do you have any ideas how I could fix them so they would be safe to wear?
Thanks for your help,
March 4, 2013 at 11:38 am
Hi Aline, I would first recommend that you watch Patti’s DVD #1, Earring Essentials, so that you understand how she solders the post onto the earring.
Yes, this torch is great for soldering posts, but before you do, you would probably want to determine what metal it is, and make sure there are no “melty” parts on the earrings It works best on an all-metal pair of earrings.