There is a torch call a Prest-o-lite that a lot of silversmiths use that also works real well for silversmithing and they can be purchased at Indian Jewelers Supply Co.
Another torch worth mentioning is a Henrob 2000 this torch has a very concentrated flame that only heats the immediate area you are welding or soldering.
First of all Thank You for checking out Handcrafted Spurs website, this site is not only dedicated to handmade spurs but I will also showcase other items I have handmade such as Horse Bits, Custom Saddles, Custom Belt Buckle Sets, and Handmade Conchos and Handmade Knives.
Handcrafted Spurs that I make start off as a pencil drawing on a piece of paper or heavy card stock I like to have a good mental picture of the handmade spurs I am going to make before I start to cut or shape any metal. Drawing the spurs out on a piece of paper also allows me to lay out the design of the silver and name or initials of the person I am making the custom spurs for.
The Handcrafted Custom Spurs pictured feature a 1″ band width and a 2 3/8″ shank length and are a cutting horse spur that can be used for western riding and horse training.
My Handcrafted Spurs are completely handmade start to finish using the best materials and supplies and it generally takes several days to make a pair of custom spurs like these. As far as delivery time on getting a pair of custom spurs, that varies due to the fluctuating backlog I have but is usually a three to six month waiting period.
Spur Making Video
Article and Video by Bruce Cheaney
This video gives you some insight on what it takes to make a pair of Handmade Spurs. The heel bands are hand shaped and formed around a fixture that is the size of a boot heel. The spur shanks are ground out using the stock removal method. The three inch spur rowels are also completely handmade and filed by hand then polished and engraved Texas Style with wheat stalk engraving. All of the silver is hand cut from nickle silver sheet that is .032 in thickness. Most all the soldered on pieces are hard soldered on using Harris Products. The engraving of the silver pieces is the very last step in the spur making process. The equipment used for engraving these Handcrafted Spurs is made by the Glendo Corporation commonly called GRS.