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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-07-26, 6:44am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,605
Posted By dusty
I made a large batch of flower beads using some...

I made a large batch of flower beads using some 90 COE mixed with 104. They were fine when I packed them up, about a month after I made them. When I rediscovered them a few years later, they were...
Forum: Torch Questions 2018-06-26, 9:02pm
Replies: 1
Views: 441
Posted By dusty
The Hellcat's inner fire is a Mini CC. For soft...

The Hellcat's inner fire is a Mini CC. For soft glass, I typically run it shorter than I ran the Mini CC - about 6mm on the candles, I think - and I match the outer flame's candles to the inner...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-06-05, 9:05am
Replies: 2
Views: 662
Posted By dusty
* turn the oxygen up fairly high * brush the...

* turn the oxygen up fairly high
* brush the face with a wire brush
* (usually I test it here - if it's working fine, I don't proceed)
* run a proper-sized and not sharp wire down each port
*...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-10, 9:37am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,046
Posted By dusty
Cool, thank you! I had an extra pair of...

Cool, thank you!

I had an extra pair of two-dollar needle nosed pliers, so I made my own bail biters yesterday. It was easily under 5 minutes to make them - as others have said here or elsewhere,...
Forum: Torch Questions 2018-05-09, 6:57am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,736
Posted By dusty
Well, I've used up to about 16 LPM on a stock...

Well, I've used up to about 16 LPM on a stock Minor, and I'd only trust a 10LPM concentrator for about 8 LPM of pure-enough oxygen, so you still might be able to get more out of your torch.

Also,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-08, 5:57pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,046
Posted By dusty
How do the Handy Andy's compare to the bail...

How do the Handy Andy's compare to the bail biters?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-08, 6:51am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,046
Posted By dusty
I think the Handy Andy's are probably worth the...

I think the Handy Andy's are probably worth the money, if they suit your purpose. For putting a blob of glass on top of something, then piercing a hole in the blob, they're great.

A tungsten pick...
Forum: Site Announcements 2018-04-23, 8:18am
Replies: 11
Views: 27,022
Posted By dusty
It's folded. If you click the arrows on the...

It's folded. If you click the arrows on the right side of "The Mall" category listing, it'll unfold/show. I don't know why, but it's folding "The Mall" every time the page refreshes.

*edit*
For...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-29, 5:58pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,429
Posted By dusty
In addition to what's been said - the clear glass...

In addition to what's been said - the clear glass used to encase paperweights like this (Schott S8 pucks) is increasingly hard to come by. A puck will often cost $50, if you can even find one to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-11-13, 7:36am
Replies: 11
Views: 803
Posted By dusty
"Regular metal"? There's no such thing. ...

"Regular metal"? There's no such thing.

Zinc melts at 787 degrees F, and molten glass is usually well over 1000 degrees F.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-11-07, 2:29pm
Replies: 11
Views: 868
Posted By dusty
That only applies if you're not encasing. If...

That only applies if you're not encasing. If you're encasing, 1% is too much - don't mix at all.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-09-09, 3:52am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By dusty
I prefer Zephyr and Aether. I've only used about...

I prefer Zephyr and Aether. I've only used about half a pound of the new Effetre, and clears can vary wildly from pound to pound, but what I've tried is actually about as bubble-free as Zephyr, and...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-09-08, 10:51am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By dusty
What I've used doesn't have many bubbles at all. ...

What I've used doesn't have many bubbles at all. It's still just as scummy, though, and I think I've noticed that it has the same tendency for scum to come back even after skinning if it's hit with...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-08-06, 8:51am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,155
Posted By dusty
I don't think they make a Shelbo 50-hole tip for...

I don't think they make a Shelbo 50-hole tip for the Little torch - the biggest I've seen is 12-hole. I've used a 13-hole Shelbo tip for the National 3a, and I'd take it over a hothead for making...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-07-28, 1:02pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,157
Posted By dusty
That's on the surface of the bead - if you've got...

That's on the surface of the bead - if you've got the 96 coe below the surface, all bets are off. I quit mixing 104 and 96 at all years ago, because I had too many pieces break, not right after or...
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-06-27, 7:55pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,658
Posted By dusty
No problem. If you do, look for a 55-hole Shelbo...

No problem. If you do, look for a 55-hole Shelbo Whisper Tip.
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-06-27, 9:06am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,658
Posted By dusty
I mostly use 104 COE.

I mostly use 104 COE.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-06-27, 9:05am
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By dusty
There is http://www.jplampwork.com/a3index.htm ,...

There is http://www.jplampwork.com/a3index.htm , but they only seem to stock Satake glass
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-06-21, 6:43am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,658
Posted By dusty
I've read that some older 8m's have something...

I've read that some older 8m's have something wrong with an O-ring that has something to do with the overheating issue. You might contact National to see if they have anything to say about it.
...
Forum: Tutorials 2017-06-15, 5:57am
Replies: 25
Views: 12,981
Posted By dusty
https://www.etsy.com/listing/253278178/tube-for-bl...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253278178/tube-for-blowing-of-hollow-beads
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-06-07, 10:19am
Replies: 10
Views: 2,519
Posted By dusty
I've never had the problems with radiant heat...

I've never had the problems with radiant heat being uncomfortable or knobs getting hot with the Mini CC. It and the Minor can get a smaller neutral/reducing flame without glowing ports than any...
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-06-07, 8:09am
Replies: 10
Views: 2,519
Posted By dusty
I used a Mini CC for years and a Cricket for a...

I used a Mini CC for years and a Cricket for a while, as well as many others, but never a Bobcat. For most work, I prefer the Alpha over any other small torches I've tried.
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-05-11, 3:30am
Replies: 18
Views: 3,590
Posted By dusty
You might need a couple, or just 2 more 5 lpm's. ...

You might need a couple, or just 2 more 5 lpm's. The M20/EX20's/UO20's put out 20psi, most of the 5 lpm machines put out 5psi, and the pressure difference can cause issues ("backflow") with the...
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-05-09, 5:08am
Replies: 18
Views: 3,590
Posted By dusty
Propane is heavier than air, so it pools in...

Propane is heavier than air, so it pools in basements and is much more dangerous than natural gas.

I'd recommend a National 3b or 6b with a 19-hole Wale Hush Tip or a 55-hole Shelbo Whisper Tip...
Forum: Torch Questions 2017-04-28, 9:24am
Replies: 14
Views: 3,001
Posted By dusty
I don't know how accurate testing with propane...

I don't know how accurate testing with propane will be, because propane has more heat per CF than natural gas has.

from http://www.propane101.com/propanevsnaturalgas.htm :
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