Which HAND BUTANE TORCH for jewelry making??
Choosing the right torch for jewelry making can feel overwhelming, especially in the very beginning when you're only starting out, or if you're progressing to new techniques - like silversmithing.
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With so many options, features, and brands, how do you pick the one that's just right for you and, ideally, also on a budget? Whether you're a budding jeweler or someone simply looking into getting another torch, I hope this list of the torches I use will help you make a decision!
1. Dremel: seemingly little torch, but the one that may surprise you! For those who are just dipping their toes into the world of jewelry making, a simple butane torch might be all you need. It's compact, easy to use, and perfect for small projects. But don't be fooled by its size; this little torch packs a punch and is suitable for slightly larger pieces too! Combined with a charcoal soldering brick, which exceptionally reflects the heat as a soldering surface, I was also able to tackle complex pieces with multiple bezels and elements with this torch.
2. No-name from a hardware store, worth your time? Absolutely! This was my second torch, which I purchased as a back up, but ended up using whenever I needed something stronger to heat up larger pieces and speed up the soldering process. It's also fantastic for melting small amounts of silver (ideally using a charcoal crucible), which I then recycle into a silver sheet.
3. The Tsunami Torch: No, it's not from a comic book, but the Tsunami Torch by Pepetools might as well be. With a name that sounds like it belongs to a superhero, this torch offers a stronger flame and ample space for gas. Ideal for those who are looking to level up their jewelry making game, the Tsunami torch will also help you solder larger designs and can be used to melting small amounts of silver.
4. The Orca Torch, when you want to upgrade! If you're looking for power, look no further than the Orca Torch. While it might not come with an automatic igniter, its old-school charm more than makes up for it. With a wide range of flame sizes and strengths, the Orca Torch is perfect for those chunky pieces that require even heating. And while it might be on the pricier side, it's an investment worth making. To light it up, you simply use a lighter or an automatic torch igniter.
But Basia, I can only get ONE torch, so which one of these would you recommend to get started??
If I really, REALLY have to pick just one, then it would be Dremel. It's been my trusty sidekick for many, many years (since the very beginning)! Having stood the test of time, this torch has been a favorite, whether I've been working on a delicate piece or something more substantial, Dremel has always got my back, never broke down and I never felt like it required refilling too often.
Now, what if you're ready to progress from a butane hand torch to a bigger and more advanced one?? Then The Smith Little Torch will be a great choice! The Smith Little Torch is used by many jewelers. Requiring a gas and oxygen setup, this torch is for the advanced user, but it opens you up to many new possibilities and takes your work to a different level.
Choosing a torch is a personal journey. It's about finding the one that complements your style, needs, and budget. But remember, it's not just about the size or the price tag; it's about HOW you use it. So, whether you're just starting out or looking to upgrade, I hope this guide helps you find your perfect flame.
As always, may soldering gods be gentle with you! :)