Originally Posted by sweetbrantleys
thank you!!! I can't believe that never crossed my mind to use a pot of boiling water!!
I nearly didn't post that because I thought I was probably stating the obvious, LOL. Glad to help!
When I steam over a pot of water I use my big spatula (it's flat, not cranked) I lay a strip of foil on it, and pop the items to be steamed on the foil. I always let things dry out for a day or so to make sure theyre firm before steaming them, otherwise they may not hold their shape. The spatula will sit across the top of my saucepan/pot without falling in, and then I pop a lid over that to trap the steam in around the objects so that the tops of them are getting steamed. If they're just flat decorations I can rest the lid on the spatula, or if it's a taller decoration I hold the lid over the item, making sure it doesn't touch. I steam for anywhere between 5 seconds up to about 25 seconds over boiling water, depending on what I'm doing. When the items are done they'll be sticky until they've had time to dry out, so slide the foil with the items off the spatula without touching your decorations.