Thanks for the reminder! I am definitely getting one before I start working in the studio. I am all crazy about safety. I had training on how to use an extinguisher at school back in the day but thank god I have never had the need to use one. And hopefully I will not need to in the future. But it is best to be prepared
I wanted a hothead before committing to the whole equipment. But as I know my self, I really liked lampworking the minute I saw the glass melting in my mandrel. Just seeing the glass neon orange and me trying to model it, was just an experience that I knew I wanted to repeat!
Now that you say about the change from hothead to a torch. I am learning in a Nortel Red Max, which it is used also for boro (same room where they teach borosilicate lampworking). I think that is the main reason I went for a torch instead of a Hothead. I am used to this strong burner and if went for the hothead after this one, I would have dropped it immediately. I would have spent $40+ in the hot head, same money that I now have used for my nortel. Plus the gal who sold me her nortel came with a marver
Ugghh! I am so sorry you are not making beads anymore
I truly hope you get better and we can show off each others creations soon! Cancer runs in my family and I know how hard it is, but there is also good treatment outthere and with patience, loads of faith and good spirits you will overcome it! Don't sell your tools, keep them as a promise to your self so you go back and lampwork with us!! Many hugs to you.
Originally Posted by MaureenKennedy
One important thing not mentioned here but worth saying about is to have an ABC fire extinguisher nearby the torch and kiln. The ABC are the different types of fire that can happen, chemical, electrical etc and worth the extra money to have one that covers all types of fires (keep one in my kitchen next to stove, too).
You have certainly gone the extra miles on good equipment. I was using a hothead for years before I got the concentrator and torch. I used regular propane at the end, with hose for the hothead. You can do almost everything but really large items, that you can do with minor - but it is quicker with oxy torch. Being used to slower pace with hothead it was almost too fast to switch, being the oxy torch would heat the glass so much faster and you seemed to lose control of the glass. I got rid of my first torch which was great for boro but too hot for me to handle.
Many of the tools I have found to not be used after first acquiring them. A good marver is important and I believe the use of a square or length of graphite in front of your torch to lay on your table or whatever you have your torch on is helpful not only to use as marver for flat thing, but to keep perspective of flame in front of you (you can see it better with a black background). I have sorta stopped making beads for awhile because kiln is screwed up and with my illness of cancer and chemo treatments.