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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-31, 4:07pm
Replies: 5
Views: 943
Posted By ctuai
The bead isn't slipping, though once and awhile...

The bead isn't slipping, though once and awhile it will let go if I'm too aggressive with the marver. I'll try a slow double dip and not getting it glowing hot. Thanks for the advice.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-31, 2:22pm
Replies: 5
Views: 943
Posted By ctuai
Bead Release Flaking Off

I'm using Firework bead release and about 10-20% of the time the bead release begins to crack and peal off around the top of the mandrel. My steps are to dip and twist the mandrel into the release...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-31, 2:00pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By ctuai
Well, moving the mandrel slower really does help....

Well, moving the mandrel slower really does help. Just spent an hour or two pulling stringers and my new polycarbonate sodium flare flip up lenses did the trick in not making my eyes irritated. ...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-20, 6:21pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By ctuai
Thanks for the quick replies. Can you send me a...

Thanks for the quick replies. Can you send me a link/name for your clip on spectacles. I'm really hoping for ones that flip down as I like to see the flame as I'm heating up the rods.

I'm using...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-20, 11:42am
Replies: 209
Views: 48,353
Posted By ctuai
Transporting up a full, K-sized oxygen tank from...

Transporting up a full, K-sized oxygen tank from Chicago to Des Moines. I kept picturing having an accident and it literally rocketing through the front of the car. Oh and the cost, it's a big leap...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-20, 10:13am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By ctuai
2 Beginner Questions

I've finally got my Lynx setup going and have about 20 hours on the torch. 2 questions so far.

1. I'm using a round 2" didymium lens mounted into a gooseneck holder. After a couple of hours my...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-08, 6:14pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By ctuai
Should I just get a cheap acetylene/propane...

Should I just get a cheap acetylene/propane regulator is it worth it to spend a bit more? alternatively, what do you think of used regulators? More bang for the buck?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-06, 3:12pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By ctuai
Thanks for pointing out the safety room. I was...

Thanks for pointing out the safety room. I was just looking and there's tons of information on things I didn't even think of asking. Moving from a hot head to surface mix really is a leap. Takes a...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-06, 8:18am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By ctuai
Wow- thanks for all the advice. It's tricky...

Wow- thanks for all the advice. It's tricky getting this thing setup. I bought a used K sized tank and that was bit of learning experience as well as heavy as heck. Next step is figuring how to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-05, 9:57am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By ctuai
Thanks. Can I use a acetylene regulator or do...

Thanks. Can I use a acetylene regulator or do you need specifically a propane regulator?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-03, 6:13pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By ctuai
Propane Regulator

I'm just upgrading from my hothead to a Lynx, which also came with an oxygen regulator. Do I need a propane regulator? If I don't, can somebody send me a link to the adapter I'm going to need to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-11-04, 5:15pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,823
Posted By ctuai
Just got back my serviced "hothead" torch from...

Just got back my serviced "hothead" torch from Devardi and it's definitely burning hotter and for some reason I'm getting less snap crackle and pop from their glass. Don't know why but I dig it.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-10-27, 6:30pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,823
Posted By ctuai
I'm not quite sure if you're replying to my post,...

I'm not quite sure if you're replying to my post, but it was the twisting that was hard on my hands. With the thicker clear rods it was like 5-7 minutes of twisting to get it ready to work. I have...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-10-27, 3:26pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,823
Posted By ctuai
Howdy -- New to the forum. I've been bead making...

Howdy -- New to the forum. I've been bead making on and off for 2 years and always used Devardi glass and their hothead torch. As such, I thought that all glass was that shocky or that same COE...
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