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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:15 PM
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I made a ring this afternoon. Pictures
This is a Kingman Turquoise, with tiny coral cabs, and home made silver beads around the outside edge.



The tail of two torches.



The larger one is my trusty Presto-lite Air Acetylene, a work horse all purpose jeweler's torch.

The tiny torch with the black handle is a Acetylene and Oxygen Smith Little Torch. This is the torch of choice for many professional jewelers. I just got this baby, and an oxygen tank yesterday, but the tank regulators don't arrive till Monday and it's killing me. I have wanted one of these for a year now and finally I am producing enough to justify the cost. These torches produce an extremely fine flame for precision work. Even though it is one tenth the size of my current torch it can do the same job on bigger pieces because of the addition of oxygen in to the fuel mixture.

I've got a "Y" drop necklace laid out and waiting for my little torch. With the larger one your chances of melting all or part of a small piece is greater because the flame is so large, there for harder to control.

Come on MONDAY!!!
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:20 PM
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1. Beautiful!
My favorites....I love turquoise and silver...
You're very talented.....thanks for sharing your creativity!

peace~
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:24 PM
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2. That was very kind of you.
DU is the equivalent of my mom's old refrigerator. Any thing I make gets posted there.
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:57 PM
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6. : )
Not being kind....it's really beautiful! And I loved your DU refrigerator analogy...


peace~
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:44 PM
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3. Beautiful work!!
Both of your torches look tiny compared to
the acetylene rig we use in the farm shop.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:47 PM
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4. I'll bet.
The Presto-lite is less then 1 foot from vale to tip, the Smith isn't even half of that.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:50 PM
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5. My wife loves to make bead jewelry.
She's also handy with tools! I hope she doesn't see these pics. ;) Nice work.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:01 PM
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9. If she likes making jewelry..
I would recommend a torch, jeweler's files, and a jeweler's saw with blades. Toss in a copy of Indian Jewelry Making by Oscar T. Branson and you have got a X-mass gift that will be enjoyed for years. It is a great hobby, and can provide a little egg money on occasion. It will run you a couple of hundred bucks though. If you would consider it PM me and I will give you a URL where to get fairly inexpensive tools-n-stuff.
P-b
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:59 PM
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7. Wow!
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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:00 PM
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8. Soooo pretty!
Do you make pendants? And sell them? :)
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:05 PM
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10. Silly rabbie
Of course I do. I'm working on a huge tuffa cast snake with turquoise and little coral eyes.. I need to cut more stone for it but will post a pic as soon as I'm done.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:06 PM
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11. Gorgeous!
You do such fine work! :thumbsup:

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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:08 PM
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13. Thank you.
:hi:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:07 PM
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12. My dear puerco-bellies!
Your ability to make beautiful things just amazes me!

The ring is gorgeous...

Good luck getting your tank regulators Monday!

I was just thinking today that I always enjoy your threads...

And how there just aren't enough of them, either!

:hug:
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:13 PM
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15. Thanks C-P
I am kind of a lurker.. Got to blast out of here to pick up Alison, her Daughter Blaise, and a couple of her very talkative
GF's. It is Blaise's 11th birthday celebration. Good god are girls chatty.
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:10 PM
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14. awesome, dude
how big is that tourquoise cap? I'm trying to get a sense of scale.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:14 PM
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16. It's only about 3/4 of an inch
Thanks
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liberaltrucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:22 PM
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17. Damn, so creative!
And beautiful! I'd ask how much, but I prolly can't afford.

:toast:
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:47 AM
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18. The ring will list out at $125
I'll take no less then $90. I'm pretty sure I can get "list".
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