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The torching basket for torch fired enamelling is an amazing tool designed by Eugenia Chan of Eugenia C Design, constructed with durable Stainless Steel and comes in a set of 3 pieces.
The Torching Basket can be used for the ever-popular torch enamelling as well as for use in the kiln. The product will function excellently for both types of enamel work.
There are 3 easy ways to use the enamel torching basket depending on your approach.
This new three-sized jewelry hole cutter/puncher is great for making cold connections. The punches are heat treated and with the screw action, you can create clean holes in soft metals up to 22 gauge in thickness without deforming the metal. With the unique design, it offers more flexibility, accurate hole placements and depth. In addition, by attaching the adjustable guide plate to the bottom of the punch, you can create multiple pieces with holes at the exact locations on each piece.
"I love the ingenuity of Eugenia Chan's Torching Basket. It's a work of art in and of itself, but you'll really use it to create your own works of art. I recently used Eugenia's special tool to torch-fire some bangle bracelets. It has a nice long handle which allows you to keep your hands at a safe distance from the flame. I felt in complete control of the bangle throughout the entire firing process. I was able to sift different enamels onto the piece quite easily. When the piece was finished, I simply tossed it out the basket onto some vermiculite.
I've ordered several more Torching Baskets for our studio use. I want to make sure that I never find myself in a position when I won't have access to this very handy tool."
Barbara Lewis, author of Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry
"When I discovered the enamelling basket created by Eugenia Chan I literally gasped as I was just hoping to find a better way to torch fire my enamel pieces. I used to use bent up steel wires but the pieces would slide all around or tip over because it's not stable. You also can't do counter enamelling with steel wire and I didn't like using the trivet as it was difficult to get the fire evenly through the entire piece you are working on. Then I found the firing basket that was created specifically for torch/kiln fire enamelling which fits perfectly into the tripod. The design of the basket allows for many different shapes to be held securely. The basket is also designed so you can use it for kiln firing and Eugenia even designed a fork and handle that would go with the basket.
This is a product with the end user in mind created by a very talented artist who has gone through the frustrating experience like the rest of us and came up with a solution to make torch fire enamelling so much easier. I loved using the basket so much I ordered another one so I can be firing back to back. I highly recommend Eugenia's basket. It will put a smile on your face after your first firing. Happy torching!"
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs, Kauai, Hawaii
I would like to share my experience with using Eugenia Chan's enamelling Basket. I have worked closely with Eugenia over several years now and I was with her when she decided there needed to be a better way to enamel smaller jewelry pieces to minimize the marks left on fired pieces from using rebar or mesh. In true Eugenia style she came back with her basket within a couple of months.
I have been using her basket from the beginning and I can't imagine torch enamelling without it. I love the way I can see the enameled pieces unfold in front of me. I love the stability of the pieces that allows me to use smaller pieces of glass, fine glass strings and other embellishments to make my finished pieces look amazing. I often will line 3 tripods and baskets up at one time so I can be very efficient in my use of the torch.
I absolutely love my basket and currently use it to teach students torch enamelling. Thanks Eugenia for your creative work.
Judy Mackenzie, Blingdom Jewelry and Empress Beads