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I'm writing here for the first time,because i have a little technical question,so there he is :

I'm a beginner in copper jewelry making( cold joint techniques),coiling and weaving wire etc,Right now i want to start making sterling silver and copper soldered jewelry.So i am  looking for a good Torch,that will be great for doing my works.
So the first question is,which is the minimum and precise propane Torch for me,which nozzle diameter is the best for doing those little joint etc..

The second question is:

I got some good looking torch but i didn't tried yet,something like smiths little torch,it is manufactured in Yugoslavia,called MINIPLAM II,it runs on oxigen and acetylene,propane and oxigen,and propane with compressed air,so the question is CAN I USE ONLY THE ONE HOSE CONNECTED to PROPANE TANK,practicly,can i use this type of torch as simple propane driven torch handle?????IF not,why???
Please see the torch photos and give an opinion.
I will be very thankfull for all your answers...

Greetings from

Skopje,Republic of Macedonia,Europe.

Ivan, From my experience you have the right torch. I recommend oxygen/acetylene however it is very hot and takes practice to get accustom to.
Try welding some pennies together then copper wire to practice your skills before you sink your teeth into jewelry. learn your torch and the great set of tips they provide.
Also for question 2 The propane isn't as hot and will require larger tips and don't forget compressed air will also lower the temp a little, again it all takes practice to learn your torch, and also the type solder you are using. Be patient and careful spend a lot of time learning the torch and your jobs will go much easier.
I hope this helps with your decision, Please let me know if you need any more help.

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I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.


20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

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Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

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JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

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Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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