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Old 2018-01-05, 9:26am
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Hi all,

I've inherited a Carlisle Universal torch in excellent, virtually unused, condition. I wondered if any of you knowledgeable folks could please tell me if it's any good for lampwork? It came in a case full of silver working stuff, so I'm not sure.

I'm a beginner lampie (Lampist?? Lamper??) with a Hot Head (in more ways than one! ), but am moving soon to a studio with natural gas, so am seriously considering upgrading to a gas/oxy suitable torch.

Any advice would be great!

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Old 2018-01-05, 9:50am
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It looks a lot like the smaller National hand torches. I don't see any reason it wouldn't work if you found some way to mount it. Carlisle already makes a bench mount for it.
http://carlislemachine.com/webcatalo...hand_torch.pdf

Enjoy the upgrade! I just moved off a hothead recently and have been blown away by the difference in how long a project takes. I can do twice as much in the same time-frame.

I also wholeheartedly support the adoption of the term Lampist.
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Old 2018-01-05, 10:15am
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Thanks for your input Ryan,

I wondered if the flame from the Universal was a big enough diameter to be effective, seeing as the HH has a throat like the Channel Tunnel. The Universal tip is only 10mm across.

It's odd that there isn't yet an accepted term for the people indulging in this hobby. Flameworker is a bit of a mouthful really, but is the nearest I've come across.
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Old 2018-01-05, 11:50am
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I've got no experience in pre-mix torches, but you should be able to get a suitable tip on there. It won't be huge, but it will be hotter and more dynamic than a hothead.
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Old 2018-01-05, 12:56pm
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Can't wait! Thanks a lot.
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I have always thought of myself as a 'lampworker'.
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Wale apparatus sells them with lots of different replacement tips.
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I have always thought of myself as a 'lampworker'.
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Old 2018-01-06, 4:21am
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Interesting to see what generic name folks adopt.

Thank you for the info, LarryC, although I'm in the UK so will have to source a supplier here, given the astronomical shipping charges these days.

I'd be really interested to hear from anyone using a Carlisle Universal too.

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It's odd that there isn't yet an accepted term for the people indulging in this hobby. Flameworker is a bit of a mouthful really, but is the nearest I've come across.
I've been making beads for over 10 years now and have only ever heard this art form referred to as lampworking or very occasionally, flameworking.
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Old 2018-01-08, 4:58am
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Old 2018-01-08, 8:02am
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Hmmmm. After years of explaining I don’t make lamps, I describe myself as a “flameworker.”
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I think I would call the company and get their input.
And yep, I call myself a lampworker too
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Great idea Eileen, thank you I will.
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I am mew to the mega minor ( just received it today). Can i use my propylene i have on hand with this torch? I just had my tank refilled and would really like ro use it up first
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Glass artist is my preferred description, and flamework artist is second. I really dislike the term lampworker ~ I don’t work at a lamp, and I don’t make lamps either.
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Glass artist is my preferred description, and flamework artist is second. I really dislike the term lampworker ~ I donít work at a lamp, and I donít make lamps either.
Like Jo, I like Glass artist best but because of all the confusion I sometimes say I do lampwork and then usually explain. I also sometimes say I'm a Glass Bead Artist or a Glass Worker. I figure I'll have to explain anyway. I believe the term lampwork comes from way back when they DID work over a lamp flame. Correct me if I'm wrong here.
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