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Lapidary Arc Welder?

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DocRocz
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« on: April 25, 2014, 03:01:06 am »

Does anyone had any experience with lapidary arc welders?
I'm asking because some of the things I'd like to make seem like that would be a better tool for the job than a torch.
Such as soldering metal when it's right up against stone.

Any and all comments welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014, 09:04:20 am »

I have an older model of this
http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Electric-Soldering-Machines/503135?Pos=3
seldom use it - as I'd rather use a torch,  but it can work OK for quick fixes on settings around stones, BUT the stone still gets hot.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 09:12:58 am »

Many years ago I saw a demonstration of a tiny TIG welder which in the right hands  could weld 2 strips of aluminum foil together. It would be perfect for jewelry work. But it wouldn't be a tool for the inexperienced welder, or someone old like me who can't hold their hands steady anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 12:13:38 am »

Many years ago I saw a demonstration of a tiny TIG welder which in the right hands  could weld 2 strips of aluminum foil together. It would be perfect for jewelry work. But it wouldn't be a tool for the inexperienced welder, or someone old like me who can't hold their hands steady anymore.

And a foot....it takes lots and lots of practice.
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