March 6, 2011

Sometimes crying helps even if it doesn't.

I messed up, y'all.  Bigger than big time.

If anyone knows how to get set glass out of the tiny torch ports of a Mini CC, your help would be more appreciated than I can say.  3 of the 7 ports are blocked on my torch, including the center.

Email me, leave a comment, or just drive over and smack me upside the head.  I kinda deserve it for making such a stupid mistake. 

I've tried cleaning it with the supplied files and brush.  I've heated it super hot and dunked it in water.  I called it baby and proposed.  I offered it the last cupcake.  It isn't interested.

I'm not prone to freaking out, but this is one instance where I. AM. FREAKING. OUT.



  1. Yikes-- It sounds like you have tried everything I would have suggested. Cold water dunking usually "shocks" it off. I've used jewelry wire as well as the "files on the ports-- Dentist files have worked to..That center is going to be the really messes up the candle.
    I feel your pain-- had to replace my Nortel once because of it..
    I hope you find something that works!

  2. I was also going to say to keep "shocking " it off with the cold water-- sometimes that takes multiple attempts to get it all

  3. Oh Juls, I know nothing about that which you need help... but I'll send out the torch fairies to help you out!

    If that doesn't work, then crying over cocktails will temporarily take away the pain. Until tomorrow when the torch is still busticated and you've got a headache to boot.

    Sending love!

  4. Hmmm I have no idea to help or even understand what the problem is but it's obviously serious. I have a few lampworking buddies so will put a call out to see if anyone can suggest a solution.

    In the meantime I'd take Dawn's advice and knock back a few cocktails!


  5. Oh No Juls! Wow I do feel for you!
    Ive just started Lampwork and whewww what a hassle. Let us know how you did. *Sigh*!

  6. Oh, my, Juls. Did you call Carlisle and talk with them? When I've had problems with my mini, they have been most helpful. If you have any size 11 piano wire, that is what they told me to clean mine with. If you don't, email me, and I'll send you some. I don't know if that will help or not, but I have plenty! Trust me!

  7. Oh no! I am sending the torch fairies too and a little extra boost so it gets repaired as quickly as possible. I wish I could do more!


  8. Ooh no. I did that with my Piranha. I had to send it off to get fixed because I'm stupid like that.

  9. Juls,

    Maybe I can help. I have two torches in my basement. I doubt I will ever be lucky enough to go back into flame work. I will go take pics and send them to you in a private email.