After many years of using various sized hand held Butane gas torches to make jewellery, I recently upgraded to an Orca Torch.
My upcoming 2016 New Collection is made from thicker gauge Argentium Sterling Silver sheet & wire & involves a lot more soldering. The Butane torches were struggling to evenly heat & solder these thicker pieces.
What’s included with Orca Torch?
The Orca Torch comes with a slim hand piece with collet, various sized nozzles & single 2 meter hose with 3/8″ LH thread that comes ready to attach to a gas bottle.
What do I like most about it?
- Compared to my handheld butane torches, the slimmer hand piece of the Orca Torch feels so much more comfortable & lightweight.
- The fully ajdustable collet on the handpiece allows you to more easily control the amount of oxygen coming into the handpiece & size of the flame.
- Because the torch is attached to a 2kg LPG gas bottle, it doesn’t need refilling everyday like my butane torches & it fits easily under my workbench.
From a tiny pinpoint flame for fine soldering work to a longer wider flame for melting metal, this torch can do it all.
I ordered my Orca Torch from the Australian company Koodak Jewellery supplies. While there website is a little hard to navigate at times, the speed of their service & shipping has to date, been excellent.
The only downside was that the manufacturer of the Orca Torch does not supply any instructions on how to set the torch up.
Luckily though there are plenty of videos on You Tube on how to do this.
Since upgrading it’s just been a matter of practice, practice, practice.
Along the way I’ve overheated & melted a few things – but that’s Ok, it’s all part of the learning curve!
The short video below is me annealing a piece of Argentium Sterling Silver with the Orca torch using the smallest nozzle.
So if you’re considering upgrading from a Butane torch to a single gas torch with handpiece I highly recommend you try the Orca LPG torch.