Well, not really caught fire. But started to smoke. This can be filed
under Incredibly Stupid Ideas, and won’t be repeated, but I am
curious to know what the smoke was? So, I was making an amber ring
and the amber was set. This is when I discovered that I had managed
to make the ring ridiculously small (child size, really) and thought
that I would try tapping the shank on the mandrel. That produced
very little results. So, I decided (this is where the stupid part
comes in) to try simply and quickly heating the band without the
amber sufficiently protected from heat. I realized my error quickly
when a huge amount of smoke rose from around the amber (smelt
wonderful). What is the smoke from? Doesn’t look burnt per se. Was it
some form of evaporation? Just curious.
Thanks in advance.