I am a really new enamelist. I had the chance to take one 8-hour class and the rest I am figuring out on my own with help from books and the web. And I do have a couple of classes coming up – so there is hope for me.
In the class I took, the instructor had us make devices out of iron wire to hold our enameled piece. We would then set the wire holder on a tripod without the screen and torch fire it from below. I really had trouble getting my holder right. Either my piece would fall off or the entire holder would slip off the tripod. So, I felt like I needed to look for a better way. Especially after I burnt a small spot on my worktable.
So, when I ordered my sample kit of enamels from Thompson’s, the lady asked it I wanted a trivet to use for firing and I said yes. I figured I try it and see if it worked better for me than the wire holder. The photo above shows the trivet with a piece of enameled copper on it. This is how I tried firing something and I had a devil of a time really getting the heat to the piece. So I started looking on the Internet for some help.
Well, a little knowledge goes a long way. I found this photo tutorial on Flickr where RubyGirl Jewelry shows the correct way to use the trivet.
I was using it upside-down! I could only laugh at my mistake and now I can see how the trivet creates room for the flame to reach the piece. Knowledge is beautiful.