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Old 2009-06-20, 10:06am
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Default Hot Head as a second torch?

I know I am lucky to have this problem!, but we have a shore house we spend most summer weekends at. Meaning that my weekends, which are my best chance to have hubby watch the kids while I torch, are spent AWAY from my torch.

I had the thought that maybe I could get a hothead to use down the shore, but I sometime miss the practical details when I am dreaming big picture!

Can someone here talk me through what I would need to do this, and help me figure out if it really is a practical solution?

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Old 2009-06-20, 10:11am
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I tried using a hothead at the beach while on vacation, but it was too windy!!

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Old 2009-06-20, 10:18am
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It would be a perfect solution, if you have an area to torch. Outside would be fine, as long as you have some kind of wind barrier. If you are setting up indoors, then I don't see a problem at all. HH's are very portable, easy to set up and easy to use.
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Old 2009-06-20, 10:50am
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Okay, dumb questions here. I need a hothead torch and MAPP gas cylinder (or whatever you use now that Mapp has been discontinued?), a place to work, and a fiber blanket (I can take them home to batch anneal). Any other big things I'm missing?
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Old 2009-06-20, 11:19am
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You need some kind of clamping device to hold the torch to the work surface. Before I had my creation station, I had an L bracket connected to the torch with a zip tie and a big C clamp that held the L bracket to the table. You can also use a BBQ tank of propane instead of the little cannisters... you would just need to buy a hose to connect them.


If you are using the cannisters, a big hose clamp would be used w/the L bracket and C clamp.
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Old 2009-06-20, 11:29am
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Thank you, Gelly, for helping so much!!
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Old 2009-06-20, 11:37am
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YW!

I'm not sure what kind of torch you are on now... just prepare yourself to work much slower than you are used to working.
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Old 2009-06-20, 11:40am
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Sometimes I think slower would be to my advantage! I am always trying to do too much in the limited time I have on the torch and usually trying to rush too much through beads, which usually equals crappy beads!

BTW, thanks for the horse on Farmtown! I just logged in for the first time in a long time! Rainy day down the shore=I'm bored!!
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Old 2009-06-20, 11:42am
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I don't even remember the last time I sent any gifts on FT. I haven't played in over a month. I've taken a break from lots of things lately... I'm hoping to get back to torching real soon, it just hasn't happened yet.
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Old 2009-06-21, 2:00pm
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If you're going to be torching in the daytime outside, you might want to paint your work surface with black high-temp spray paint (like for car engines). It makes it a bit easier to see the flame. Of course, you'll also want some kind of cover or umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

Indoors, have fun. Can't think of anything Gelly missed.
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Old 2009-06-21, 5:10pm
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I used to torch outside @ night with mine
(and inside I used a black table!)
even though I have a new (not set up ) torch, I'm not giving up my hothead--I that torch....
Check out Nikki's website www.nlcbeads.com , check the "tutorials" link, for a fantastic drawn diagram on "where in the flame" you want to be, etc. on a hothead, she's done some great little tutorials, etc. on how a hothead works.
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new purple cricket @ home! minicc @ playing with fire in rockland! Sue & Nikki fighting over who gets to anneal the wonkies
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Old 2009-06-22, 8:21am
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Thank you, Kay and Luna. Now I am trying to figure out where I can scrounge up a table, and some kind of windscreen.... Luckily it is garage sale season!

And yes I know many people have accomplished great things on a HotHead! I would never disparage one! Nikki alone is amazing!!
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Old 2009-06-22, 11:34am
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Make optimum use of your HH by packing a bunch of dichro. Much as I love my Midrange, the HH is seemingly designed just for working dichro!

Also, instead of a fiber blanket, nab some of those nifty Japanese annealing bubbles from Malcolm. Whatever they're made of, they truly seem to be a better option than anything else short of a live kiln.
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