A "Spring is Here" hello to all the metalsmith and a especially warm welcome to all our new members,
As with every year, going to the European Fine Art Fair ( TEFAF) is one of the highlights of our annual must do events.
It is a giant art fair held in Maastricht showing some of the most important art available on the world market today.
This year was especially important to us, because an artist who we particularly admire was showing his creations there for the first time.
Wallace Chan, the titanium artist extraordinaire, had the most wonderful creations on show.
We were enthralled, inspired and awed at the incredible creativity of this man.
We received wonderful feedback from many of you and continue to work on request for specific projects.
A question we receive regularly is one asked by Sally and we quote:
I made the earrings for my sister some time ago and she really loves them.
At the time I was getting frustrated that when I tried to fuse the edge of the petals with my hand-held 'cooks' style torch - the whole thing melted!
I have since realized that it isn't possible to do it with that kind of torch, and have just purchased a Smith's Little Torch - it looks like the one you use in the tutorial photo.
I haven't chosen which fuel with oxygen to use yet and would like to know which you use in the tutorial - or can I use any and it's just the tiny size of the nozzles that does the job?”
The little torch is really the go to torch these days.
I use oxygen and propane because it's cheap and easy to use.
( Don't believe any horror stories of 'pooling' on the floor and all that.) It's just scare mongering because it has a very strong smell should there be a leak or a torch is not closed properly.
The one unbreakable rule I follow is that if I am not in the physical presence of my bottles, they are closed.
No exceptions ever.
The best nozzle for general use is the No 6. For chain repairs I use the No 4. The nozzles that have a synthetic ruby in the tip are for acetylene.
The one that is in most of my tutorials is one I made myself because I like a longer one, but it has the same diameter of flame as the No 6.
Other nozzles I use is a 'rosebud' nozzle that has a largish tip and six little flames coming out of it.
Very handy for melting small amounts of scrap metal and also working one larger pieces like my dragon sculptures.
The little torch is a very good quality product.
I'll happily answer any other questions you have.
A further tip....
I have a “To-Do list when locking up” hanging by the door, that has saved my bacon a couple of time.... as in remember to lock the safe etc.
We welcome tutorial requests, so if there is a design or technique you wish to learn about, let us know and we will slot it into the tutorial queue.
Here you can find the updated Jewelry Making Tutorial List.
We look forward to hearing more from you.
Wishing you happy hours at the bench. Let the creative juices flow!
My very best regards,