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Subject: Re: Debbie's Beads Date: 2/2/2007 11:15 AM
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I want to show these to tenspouse, but (IIRC) you said the equipment is expensive.

Debbie's setup includes a $200 torch, two used oxygen concentrators at $250 each, and a $400 kiln. There's also a propane tank, essentially the same as you'd use in a barbecue, but that's not very pricey.

The oxygen concentrators are kind of funny. They run $600-$700 new, but you can't buy them unless you have a medical need for them. They're "by prescription." However, eventually they run beyond their warranty, and can no longer be used in a medical application because they might fail and endanger someone's health. So they show up on the used market, and that's what the beadmakers buy.

For quite some time she used just one concentrator, but she's now moving to borosilicate glass, which requires higher temperatures. Like most combustion, the torch is far more dependent on how much oxygen it can get than how much fuel.

So the equipment is about $850-$1100, not counting accessories like molds or a workbench. But the real cost is the glass, which runs $10-$30 a pound. If you want a variety of colors, that runs into a lot of money quite quickly.

She's also spent a fair amount of money on classes.

- Gus
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