Stringers - Does torch size matter?
I upgraded to a Mega Minor (from a Minor) because I wanted to dabble in boro and make larger soft glass beads. Not that I had great stringer control before but ... I can (usually) control thick to medium stringers but I'm finding it impossible to work with the skinny and super skinny stringers ... I know you're supposed to find the sweet spot, stringer out of the flame, move the bead not the stringer, but to put tension on the thin stringers I have to hold the stringers pretty close to the flame ... I keep burning my fingertips!
Could it be that my torch is just too hot? I turn it down but I still get burned (overheated finger tips is more accurate but still an 'ouch'). I'm also worried that I could wreck my torch by turning it down all the time (not sure why that happens but I've read that it does). I suppose I could switch back to my Minor while I practice thin stringers but before I do I want to know if it's just me or if my torch can take some of the blame.
Any suggestions? Is anyone out there working with a Mega Minor? Anyone else burning their fingertips?