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Hello all,

I am currently using a propane (hothead style) torch, and I am curious about flame regulation. Almost everything I have read states to have the torch at it's lowest possible setting, to the point of going out, but all of the videos I have seen, show the torch going full blast. I have been having some trouble with some of the glass not melting very well and wonder if just running the torch at a higher setting will work.

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Chris


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Hi Chris,

You do want to turn your Torch down low when you start working a glass color, and then be able to increase the heat for the type of work you are doing.  You don't want a very high blasting heat because you won't have good control.  You do want to have your Torch as low as possible for some glass, and higher for other that needs it (like some Transparents which are usually a harder glass than opaque).

Have you read this Tutorial under Safety & Set Up?  It talks about a regulator to allow you to use your Torch at a lower heat for detail work.  The great pressure from a Propane Tank can make it hard to have a soft flame in some cases.

Use of a 60 psi Regulator with a Hothead Torch



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Thank you for the help. I have read the tutorials, but I believe I will have to review them again.
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I have a bunch of fusing glass that I would like to make beads with. I watched the utube videos someone suggested in one of the forums, but I didn't find anything that says what kind of flame to use...I'm thinking it isn't the same type of flame used for the glass rods.
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Hi Norma, 

Did you buy the glass as 'fusing' glass?  Most likely, you can work with it on the torch as long as you don't mix it with other types of glass, since you don't know the COE (coefficient of expansion, or rate of expansion)...  do you have any more info about it?

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Kristina,
I bought the glass to make a mosaic piece over seven years ago...sadly, I don't remember what type of glass it is. It came cut in tiny little squares. I have tried to make a bead out of it, and it melts fine with my torch. I will be very careful to keep this glass and my COE104 glass separate.

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Sounds good, you'll know if you get something incompatible by the cracking... hopefully using it by itself will prove fine!
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