September 8, 2011

Win a Butane Torch From Beaducation.com

***Contest is closed!!*** We'll be back shortly with a winner.

Working with metal is all the rage these days and Beaducation makes it easy to jump into the world of metalsmithing. Our online resources include metalworking classes like Introduction to Soldering and Soldered Rim Pendant. We have a product demo on the different types of solder and information on what soldering surfaces to use.

One of the questions that we get quite often is about torches. Torches seem to be a stumper. Working with flame can be intimidating. We have a great resources to help with that, too. Our popular FREE Torch Safety Talk class with instructor Iris Sandkuhler starts you out by covering how to use a variety of hand held butane torches.

Beaducation carries three different torches in our shop. "Three?" you ask. "Why three? Can't you guys just carry one all purpose torch? Which one should I buy?" We'll we have an answer for that, too. Click on the video to hear my answers.


I can just tell that you are ready to use a torch, right? Well, to make that dream a reality, you can win a torch of your choice from the Beaducation shop.  Which one will you choose? The Max Flame, the Blazer or the Micro Torch. To enter, leave a comment telling us which torch you'd like and for those of you who have used torches add any tips or tricks that you would like to share (please put all your tips and tricks in one comment entry).

The contest ends Monday, September 12 at 9 AM PST. For extra chances to win, help spread the word through your social media outlets (FB, Twitter, your blog), link back to this post and leave a comment below for each. One comment equals one entry. Good luck and get ready to turn on the heat!

128 comments:

Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li said...

I would love to have the Blazer torch. I have a home table set-up, and I'm such a newbie I don't have any great tips. But I'd love to do more metalsmithing. Thanks!

Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li said...

Posted about this on my Twitter :)

Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li said...

Posted to my FB. Thanks! Can you tell I'd like to win? :)

Beadbug said...

Ok, I'll go first :) I would love to have the Blazer Soldering Torch since I am using a simple cheap torch right now and it doesn't have a very long burn time. Since I work for hours at a time it would be so nice to have something that would stay lit for longer.

My best tip is to have a cup filled with ice and water next to you at all times, you never know when you will spill solder on your fingers! ouch.

Jane Perala said...

Wow - I would love a chance to win a torch. I have been wanting to get into torch work with metals to go along with my lampwork beads. I think the Blazer sounds like the perfect little torch.
Thanks so much,
Jane

Kathinna said...

I'd like to have someday a torch, but i hvn't jet, so i have any tip for you :(

Alicia Coats said...

I'd choose the Max Flame simply because I already have a micro torch. I'm interested soldering & torching metals to achieve a rainbow of colors. I'd also like to start torch enameling & think this would be a good torch for that!

Anne said...

I only recently learned how to use a torch for a soldering class I took, very fun, I'd love the Blazer Soldering Torch, because I think starting with the best quality torch would be amazing!

Anne said...

I would love the Blazer Soldering Torch, I just took my first soldering class a couple weeks ago, very fun!

L said...

I verrrry much want the Max Flame torch! Soldering is actually next on my list of things to learn, and I have a new-found love affair with bangle bracelets and stackable rings. So, I need the bigger torch! <3.

Shirley said...

Wow! All three of the torches look cool, but as someone who has never used one, I would have to say the MicroTorch would be the one for me! Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway.

L said...

Linked from Facebook.

L said...

Tweeted!

spiralite said...

I would go with the blazer just because it seems like THE BEST!! Kate taught me well :)

Doris said...

My favorite is the large one: the Max Flame. I like the other one and I think they all have their specific uses, but when I enamel, you just cannot beat the large one. And I've found out they do not last forever, so your giveaway is a good thing.

The Chinchilla Family said...

I would choose the Blazer torch. I have been looking to get into soldering and it seems like this is the way to go to have the most diversity for jewelry making!

Branlaadee said...

I have never used a torch before. I do all of my soldering with a regular soldering gun I use for my stained glass. I'd love to try The Blazer. There are so many crafts I havent tried because I dont have a torch!

laurenc80 said...

I'd take the Blazer Soldering Torch because while I'm pretty new to the art of metalsmithing, I always like to have the best tools.

A Loopie Family said...

Super info! I am SOOO ready to create in this new avenue.. and the only thing stopping me is getting one of these! The Blazer is the one for me....I like to work with smaller designs:)

Frozen Fire Glass said...

Thanks for posting such a great contest!I would love to win The Blazer. I already have a larger torch and could use a smaller one for those projects that are smaller.
I have recently been on a roll balling ends of wire for earring parts and love the fact that it happens so easily!!

Anita said...

I would love to win the Blazer torch. I've been interested in soldering blanks together but haven't had the opportunity to purchase the tools needed. This would be a great start!

Cristina said...

I would LOVE to win a new torch! The one I would pick out is the Blazer. I started soldering about a year ago with inexpensive Harbor Freight torches, and they just aren't cutting it. The flame isn't hot enough or consistent enough to get the job done nicely every time... and I'm learning quickly that I need a smaller flame for jump rings than those offer.
Thank you for the opportunity!

Deci said...

I would love to win the blazer!

Deci said...

I shared the giveaway on my jewelry Facebook page, Gem Trails.

rosebud101 said...

I'd love to win the Blazer Torch. I've heard from seasoned metal smiths that this is an excellent torch!

Deci said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/paints12/status/111864337563521025

Deci said...

I blogged here http://gemtrails.blogspot.com/2011/09/win-butane-torch-from-beaducationcom.html

Annita Wilson said...

I think I would like the blazer best. I do silver soldering and it would be handy to use this instead of getting out my oxy/acet. torch for smaller soldering projects.

Alice said...

I'd take the Blazer since its the middle of the road and I haven't really worked much with a torch. I would feel more comfortable with it than the Max.

Thanks for the chance to win!
Alice

thepetersons13@mchsi.com

ElisabethSpace said...

I would dig the Blazer torch!

Katie said...

oh the blazer torch. I've been using the micro and want to try to expand my metalsmithing techniques.

Connie Sprague said...

I would like to get the micro torch. My tip is to learn to use a pick to move solder and the parts you are soldering easier.

Your Mom said...

Hi! I would like to win the Blazer! I think it would do exactly what I want to learn to do. From soldering jump rings to basic metal work with blanks. Thank you.

Unknown said...

As always, thanks for the wonderful video describing the difference between the torches. I've practiced my cold techniques and am ready to move on to soldering. Who can't resist a name like "the Blazer" and besides it seems like the right tool to learn and grow my techniques. "C'mon baby, light my fire!"

kriss silva said...

I want the Max Flame Jeweler's Torch, I'm getting tired of double fisting :()

peggy gatto said...

Micro for me!!!
I just watched the great video and think this size would be right for my projects.
I am sure this will lead to buying the others as well!!!!
thanks for the chance!

Robin Manrique said...

I would love to get my hands on "the Blazer"...I haven't done in metal work since college and would love to be able to again!

Kristen said...

The Blazer looks impressive. I always read soldiering when I see soldering.

TesoriTrovati said...

Wow! Great giveaway! I would choose the Max Flame for sure! Enjoy the day!
Erin

Lorraine said...

I'm very excited about this contest!
Have been wanting one for awhile now.
I would love to win "The Blazer" torch! I'm a newbie to Torches but I have many ideas of how this can upgrade my designs.

jhollywooddesigns said...

I have been wanting to try soldering for ages! The Micro Torch would be the best one for me to start with, I'd say. Thanks so much for offering this contest! :D

Gayle Jacob said...

I would love to add a Blazer Torch to my beading tools. Oh the possibilities!

KayzKreationz said...

I'd like to have either the Micro Torch or Blazer. I really want to learn to work with a torch and I've watched the video about Torch safety and such. Now I need the torch and to not be afraid to use it. :) So I think either one of these would work for me.
So can I say "me,me,me"? :)

KayzKreationz said...

Just posted on my facebook page. Been wanting to learn enameling, too, so this would help, I think.
Thanks.

http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about the giveaway, too.
http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

Luci said...

I really want to win the Micro Torch because I have heard its a great starting torch!!! :) That would be AWESOME!! :)

Maria said...

I've been wanting to try metal clay for a while, but just haven't taken the plunge. If I won, I'd choose the Blazer torch, because that's the one Kate Richbourg uses. That's a pretty solid endorsement!

angie said...

I'd love the Blazer torch. It's time I moved up from my MicroTorch!

One thing that I've found out throughout the years is that it's VERY important to start soldering and fusing with clean metal...especially when fusing. If your wire is a little dirty, it may take a very long time to fuse...or not at all!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have the Blazer Torch. I took one metal smithing class but have not been able to buy any tools yet and this looks like it would fit the bill nicely for a starter torch. Thanks for the giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(athotmaildotcom

Mel said...

Ooh, definitely the max flame. I have a wee little micro torch but have been wanting to upgrade so I can do more larger +/or multiple piece soldering. Thanks for the chance!

Rosemary Cheslock said...

I would love the Blazer Soldering torch because I am currently using one I bought at a kitchen store. The burn is short and it is hard to control the flame. I don't have a great tip.

Posted on my Facebook page to get extra points.

Nickie said...

I'd like a chance to win The Blazer! Let's hope I don't burn my house down (I have never worked w/ a torch before but would love to learn)!

Gracie and Me Design said...

I would love to own the Blazer torch! It would be perfect for the pieces that I would like to try. Thank you for giving someone an opportunity to win something like this!

Hope of My Heart Designs said...

I would like to win the Blazer torch. I'm new to soldering, but the Blazer looks like it's perfect for the work I'm wanting to do with it.

Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Hope of My Heart Designs said...

Posted on FB about it too.....Thank you!

Hope of My Heart Designs said...

Blogged about it too.......Thanks for all the extra chances to win!

Noemi said...

I'd love to get more into metalsmithing so this would be great for me.
I don't have any tips as I have never used one before, but I guess that always swhen you work with fire, it is very important to concentrate and follow safety protocol, as this sort of work can be dangerouse if not being careful.

Hope of My Heart Designs said...

Posted on Twitter too. Thanks again!

chrisdd said...

I'd be happy to win any of the three! But I'll say the Blazer, because the description says it's the best.

IndiviJewels said...

I have just bought one of these and its fantastic!

Bryna said...

I'd love to have the blazer!!!!

Chris said...

Oooo Blazer torch please! I don't use torches much besides balling up headpins, so I'd love the chance to excel with a really great torch~~

Danielle J said...

I'd love to win the Blazer torch as it seems the most versatile for big and small jobs.

I'd recommend using heat resistant scrap metal under your kiln brick to protect your work surface.

Shaiha said...

Oh I would love to win the Blazer as that seems to be the best for multi-purpose work. I have taken fusing classes and loved them. I also want to try torch enameling so this should do it all.

Shaiha said...

I shared the contest on FB

http://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/210841998976314

Shaiha said...

I tweeted about it.

http://twitter.com/#!/Shaiha_/status/112008690348986368

Shaiha said...

I blogged about the contest.

http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2011/09/contest-jewelry-torch.html

Chromosome Crawl said...

FB'd this as well! I am interested in the ease of flame adjustment on the Blazer. I would like to try torch-fired enameling with a reduced flame to expand on the technique I learned with Steven.

And I would love a Beaducation version of Steven's Raku enameling class!

Susan said...

The Blazer torch would be a good addition to my jewelry making tools. My dad used to solder things when I was a kid, never understood it until now. Time for me to carry on the tradition!

Anonymous said...

I would love to get started with the blazer torch. Middle of the road to be able to do small jobs along with a little bigger experimenting. Which I love to do!

Regina at firedupladies@live.com

Regina said...

posted on FaceBook! http://www.facebook.com/FiredUpLadies

Regina at firedupladies@live.com

Regina said...

Tweeted!

twitter.com/firedupladies

Regina at firedupladies@live.com

mlsjewel said...

I think I would like to win The Blazer or whichever torch would be the best for getting a patina on brass. Just hope I don't burn the house down!

ShonaMac said...

I would love the max flame as I have a micro torch but would really love to get into doing some bigger pieces.

ShonaMac said...

have also shared on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/shonamacd

Regina said...

Posted on Etsy's Hand Stamping Crazies Team.

http://www.etsy.com/teams/8389/hand-stamping-crazies/discuss/8947465/

Regina at firedupladies@live.com

moonlitfantaseas said...

f I won I would definitely want the blazer tourch

Beetique said...

I would love the blazer. New to jewelry making but I'd get the best first. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Barb B said...

Would love to win the Blazer! I am also new to torching and have only made balled head pins, but what a blast! Want to try soldering now!

Callie said...

I would like to have the Micro Torch.

Sherrie B said...

I would love to win the Blazer torch. I use an acetylene torch now, and it brings more safety issues plus the difficulty of getting a refill canister. I do metalsmithing, enameling, and metal clay--the Blazer would be perfect for any of these! My tip: you can set 2 pieces of firing brick at 90 degree angles and reflect heat off the upright brick to help heat larger pieces more quickly.

Nicole said...

I'd love to win the BLAZER! :)

Nicole said...

Shared on twitter! http://twitter.com/#!/NJCjewelry

Christine said...

I would love to win the Blazer. I have been using a creme brulee torch and feel ready to step up to a big girl torch!

The Jewelry Lady said...

I would love a chance to win a Blazer torch . I just watched your free class on making balled head pins with Kriss Silva and that model was the best for me. I need tools to be simple to operate ,especially when fire in involved and the fact of having no small children around. I a newbie in the metal and stamping world and can not wait to jump in and start in a new direction ! :)

CreatingCures said...

Were you reading my mind?! Torch work has back been in there for sometime and has been pushing its way out to the front recently... I'd say this giveaway proves that it's meant to be :) The Blazer looks just right! Thank you, thank you ~~T [creatingcures at gmail]

DeeDee Fairley said...

I been want to make siver jewrley. I am hoping to win the micotouch torch. As I am just stareing out. I be reading everything I can about silversmithing. I can wait to get started.

Jill at Liv'nGood Jewelry said...

I'd love the blazer torch. I'm heading off to a Silver Filigree class next week and this looks like it would be the perfect tool to continue what I learn once I'm back at home.

Jill at Liv'nGood Jewelry said...

Just tweeted your contest

https://twitter.com/#!/livngoodjewelry/status/112214601826975744

vwise said...

I would love to win the BLAZER!

archienelle lashanie tristine ferris said...

i would love to win the blazer torch i am a newbie and finding tools in the caribbean is a pain lol.

Sarah Dockery said...

I would probably go with the Blazer for starters...
Me Like Fire...!!

Sarah Dockery said...

Shared with the FB peeps
http://www.facebook.com/AliensRus

Cheryl Tomlinson said...

I'm thinking my first choice would be the Blazer. I just purchased Bodacious Bangles class, it sure would be helpful to win this tool. Since my shop does not have running water I keep a jug of distilled water handy for cooling.

Elaine said...

I would love to win the Blazer torch!
I've heard nothing but excellent things about it and it would come in handy for the fusing work I'd like to try.

shibui said...

Max Torch! Fire gotta love it!

Wanda said...

I would love to win the Blazer torch!!! thanks for the opportunity to enter!!!
best regards,
Wanda

MsAngelaM said...

I would LOVE the max flame. I actually took a break from jewelry making because my jump rings keep coming open and necklaces are falling apart. I had no idea you could weld them shut! Thanks for the inf and the opportunity! :)

MsAngelaM said...

I would love the MAX! I really need a torch. I had no idea you could weld jump rings!!

MsAngelaM said...

I posted on twitter also :)

https://twitter.com/#!/lilsweeper76/status/112317758733168640

Lanie said...

Sounds like the Blazer is the one.

OurAzFamily said...

I would love to win the Blazer Soldering Torch! I'm excited about this contest!

OurAzFamily said...

http://twitter.com/#!/OurAZFamily/status/112384818171490304 Shared on twitter for another entry :)

Dempsey said...

I would love to win a Max Flame torch but good luck to everyone anyway

Mary Becker said...

The Blazer would be my choice because the description noted that it is favored by one of your instructors.

Mary Becker said...

Posted it on FB

Shelby said...

I have the Blazer torch, which I purchased from your store a long time ago and I LOVE it! I was terrified of using a torch and had put it of and put it off, but after watching the safety video and, of course, the video classes, I'm not really comfortable using my torch. I've really gotten into the torch enameling (which I learned from one of your video courses) and I've begun to use bigger piece of copper, so I'd want to have the max flame because it would be nice to heat the whole surface at the same time.

Shelby said...

I've posted the link to my Facebook! I don't know how to link back....but this is my profile: https://www.facebook.com/Shelbeeray
Still thinking I'd love the Max Flame...

Shelby said...

Posted the link on my Google+ or Buzz...I'm still trying to figure THAT system out...still thinking the Max Flame is my next step... And, after all of this, I'm in the mood to do some enameling!! Good luck to everyone!

Cinnamon_Girl said...

HI, I would like the Blazer Torch because I like the idea that its long lasting and more advanced. Im excited about the idea of soldering, haven't tried it yet, but soon.

Cinnamon_Girl said...

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555416075

Posted on my fb page :)

mary me said...

Oh I'd love to have the Blazer torch! I'm a soldering newbie, so I have no tips to offer at present.
THANK YOU!!

mary me said...

I just tweeted! :-))
@Stellasblossoms

mary me said...

FaceBook Sharing too! :-))

Mary

mary me said...

Shared on Google buzz too!

Thanks again!
Mary

livewire said...

I'd love to have the hotter Blazer torch for furthering my metalsmithing skills.

I use a Micro torch for firing my metal clay projects. It is hot enough, though, to melt a small piece if I'm not careful!

BurningRubber said...

I haven't yet invested in a torch. I have used one a couple of times in my local metalsmithing classes. Although I do try to do other things instead of using a torch, I really love the look of a nice balled pinhead and I seem to br soldering impared. I would love the Blazer. It might take me awhyle to become comfortable with using a flame at home. I'm such a chicken. I would definitely go spend alot more class time just to get comfortable

BurningRubber said...

I just posted on Facebook :) Thanks forthe extra chances!

BurningRubber said...

I just posted your link on Twitter. Yay! More chances!

angie clem said...

I would love to start soldering charms onto my sterling silver discs. I think the Micro torch would be perfect for me.

Jenny said...

I would love the Blazer torch. I'm just a newbie.

Kathy said...

It would be the Blaser Soldering Torch. There is always the tip when loading with fuel how it spits out at you when you have filled it, lol. Also a teacher told me for flying with it she empties it (and you don't take the fuel!) and puts it back in the package with a note saying its for jewelry class. SO KEEP THE PACKAGE and be careful how you open it so you can reuse it.

Susan Goodell said...

I would love to win the Max Flame torch. I have been collecting enamel to start to learn enameling on metal and I think this torch would work great for that.

MoonRae said...

I'd pick the Max Flame torch. I have a Blazer and I love it, but this would help in enameling larger pieces.
My tip is to buy a good butane, I use one that is quadruple refined and it helps keep the torch clean,the flame clean and seems to just run better. Thanks for another great giveaway!!

Martina said...

I'd also love to win the Blazer torch. I like your products...they are great!
Nice greetings from Austria!
Martina

Renee Griffin said...

Thank you for your intro to torches. It makes me feel a little less intimidated by them! If I were selected for the torch giveaway, I would choose the Blazer. I am new to metalsmithing, and I think this is the best choice for the rookie.

livewire said...

I'd love to win the Blazer torch. I have a Micro torch that I use to fire metal clay pieces, but I need a hotter torch to expand and improve my metalsmithing skills.

Rosalynn said...

I would love to win the Blazer torch. I am anxious to try my hand at torch enameling. Need to take the course on Beaducation first of course! As a tip I use my old pizza stone to ball up headpins over. Not as good as what you sell on the beaducation site, but in a pinch it works well as a good protection for my countertop and can withstand the heat. Since jewelry there isn't time for homebaked pizza anyway.