Over the winter I went from using a Hot Head torch to my first oxygen and propane torch. The first torch I purchased was the Glass Torch Technologies (GTT) Cricket, yes I did say first. Anyway, I became frustrated not being able to do the sculpture work that I like doing. The flame was defined and really hot to me coming from the Hot Head. After doing some more research and chatting with Carlisle Mini CC owners I decided that I needed a Mini CC. The Mini was everything I was looking for to do my sculpture dogs…nice soft radiant heat with a slightly bushy flame. I have now gone back to the Cricket and we are becoming friends. But a very different relationship my comparison and the way I think of them is the Cricket being hot & fast and the Mini CC being slow and tender to the glass.
One other thing I learned while chatting with many lampworkers is that you’re always looking at what your next torch will be….hmmm Bobcat, Lynx, Cheetah, Barracuda, Hellcat, Wildcat, Mega Minor or the Red Max OK I can still daydream can’t I ? 🙂