Geo, That's what I usually do, but there have been occasions
where I need to soften something that already has days of work in
it, and I'm terrified I might melt it. In the case of a chain, that
would be months, even. I melt enough links as it is, soldering the
You’re right of course. A master (unlike me, the hobbyist who won’t
starve from breaking a piece) who’s income depends on perfect results
after months of effort would weigh the costs versus risks of their
methods and an enameling oven might well be worth it to them.
For people who are starting out flame annealing I don’t think the
idea of using a right sized flame (ie small and soft) in a dark room
can’t be emphasized enough. Its hard to see the first color changes
otherwise…let me tell you the time I broke a 6 inch hammered bowl
from trying to anneal in daylight…it makes a great looking small
part container for the shop.