But she was trying to fill it from underneath by just jamming the pin on the butane filler can up underneath it, while holding it.
See that little brass colored aperture up under there? That's where you fill it.
Here are some of the comments from the group:
"Do you hold the fuel canister on the table and press the torch onto it that way? This way you will really make the connection and hear the fuel go into the torch."
Mocki said, no.
She had placed the torch upside down on the table and the canister upside down, pushed into the hole to fill and then tried pumping it.
Well...it wasn't working.
Sandra mentioned that Nike was right, saying:
"Was about to ask if you had it upside down! Made the same mistake with mine, before I actually read the manual and went OOOPS! Just remember to wait a little while after filling the torch before you ignite it, there could be butane in the air, still."
Can you flick a Bic? You can use a small torch. The flame is really pretty precise. You just need a small soldering block and half a lick of common sense and you will be fine. No need to be afraid.
Would mention, too, that if you want to check it, or don't see right away how to 'get ignition' with it, don't stick your face down into it and fiddle around. If it comes on, you may get a real sunburn. Or worse!
Melissa cautioned to make SURE the 'flame-end' is pointed away from you when you fill it...just in case.
I like to use my torch to put patina on brass. Heat patina is easy and fun. Here's a photo of a cuff I made yesterday with heat patina on raw brass, using the torch:
The base patina is torch patina. It's just the flame directly romanced against the raw brass cuff. Et voila!
The highlights are created with a little bit of Lumiere gold metallic paint on a sponge. I sealed the patina with Jewelry Shield, but you could also use Swellegant Clear Cote or even just some matte spray lacquer from the hardware store.
NOTE: Patinas should be sealed, especially patina created with heat such as your torch...it's very transient, otherwise. Sealing is the course of wisdom and easily done.
(We sell the Lumiere paints, the cuff, the findings, Clear Cote and Jewelry Shield at B'sue Boutiques)
I hope to do a video on how easy this was, very soon.
Meantime, why don't you come and join us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group at Facebook ?
The group is so helpful, very nurturing to beginning jewelry makers. No one needs to feel that any question is too elementary. We find that many are afraid to use simple tools and progress to slightly-more advanced techniques. Some are still afraid to mix a batch of resin! Well, all they need is a little coaching.
At our group, we'll help you get over that, quick!
So come on over!