Using a Vertical Electric Silk Steamer: Part 1… The Steamer Parts and How to Prep the Core

This series is a new and improved version of my April 2013 video blog, “Using a Vertical Steamer to Steam Your Silk Paintings.”  There are some new tips and additional info for you, as well as better video and sound quality.

The video and audio wasn’t the best in those films (entitled “How to Steam Silk Paintings with a Vertical Steamer, Parts 1 and 2”), so now that I have better lighting, sound and camera equipment it was time for a re-do (those icky videos from April 2013 have already been deleted to avoid any confusion, but you can still visit that blog page for more pictures and written info).

If you’d like some ideas for making a rolling base for your steamer, here are the pictures of the wooden base we constructed to make the steamer more mobile.  In the beginning, I was a little concerned about the wood not being fireproof, but have been using it for 12 years now without a problem.  Be your own judge on that.

Here's how the steamer fits onto the wooden base we made.

Here’s how the steamer fits onto the wooden base we made.

 

This is the top of the base without the steamer.

This is the top of the base without the steamer.

Here's a side view of the steamer base.

Here’s a side view of the steamer base.

This is the steamer base flipped over, so you can see the construction and wheels.

This is the steamer base flipped over, so you can see the construction and wheels.