Below is a photo of my setup to steam the veneer so I could bend it for baskets: good 'ol kitchen stock pot (the one that my husband has had since his early university days almost twenty years ago) with an inch or two of water; my trusty metal kitchen steamer holding the basket bases over the boiling water; and the stock pot lid to sort of hold the steam in a bit longer.
Notice the large globules of molten metal that have rolled across the enamel surface and congealed? and see that round piece that looks like the foil side of the cover of a Chinese take-out dish? It's actually the heavy bottom of the stock pot, which delaminated from the main body of the vessel.
I cannot adequately describe the horror of the eerie, quicksilver effect of the pool of molten metal under the surface tension of a thin skin, resting on the bright red element of my kitchen stove.
I let out a long, long stream of obscenities that got my husband out of his office scolding me for my bad language in front of the kids, until he saw the mess on the stove and began chuckling appreciatively at my capacity for experimental mayhem.
notice that the linen twine that was binding the weavers in place is already gone. It was the pleasant smell of an oak fire in our fireplace-free house that finally got me dashing to the kitchen to investigate.
Just goes to show, one should never use one's kitchen tools for studio purposes!
Time to build myself a proper wood steamer... with an automatic boil-dry shut off switch.