Using the microwave to melt crafting materials can take time — and create unwanted mess. Instead, quickly and easily melt materials with a homemade double boiler that keeps things under control. Often used in cooking to melt chocolate or create savory sauces, using simmering water to heat and melt materials is a great way to get results without concerns of burning. No need to toss down the cash for a specialty double boiler at your local culinary store — here's an easy way to make your own:
- Select a small saucepan to use along with a metal or heat-safe glass bowl that fits over the top of the saucepan. You want the bowl to fit comfortably so it will trap the steam from the simmering water.
- Now fill the saucepan halfway with water, and place over medium heat. Put the crafting material that you want to melt into the mixing bowl, and position over the saucepan, creating a double boiler. Keep an eye on the material until things have melted together.
- Turn off heat and remove the melted material. You're ready to get crafty! Use this method for melting wax to make candles, heating ingredients for making homemade soaps, or help with mixing together DIY lotion.