A trivet offers protection from heat and is placed under a hot pot or dish so that the table is not burned or destroyed. The most common trivet is three-legged and is fitted to the container of hot dishes. The legs are important in order to allow fresh air to pass under the hot dish, thus protecting the table from burning. A thick placemat can function as a trivet because it can also protect the surface from direct heat coming from the container of a hot dish. Homemade placemats can be used in place of an expensive metal trivet.
A cork can be made into a trivet. It is neither expensive nor difficult to make. The following steps can be adopted to make a cork trivet:
- Collect as many corks of wines or beers depending on the design that you have in mind. Wash and clean them.
- Use an old tray or plywood to serve as base of the trivet. Paint with the desired color after cleaning. Let it dry.
- Layout the design that you want. Cut the wine or beer corks if necessary in order to fit the desired design.
- Glue or paste the corks on the thin wood or plywood diagonally or horizontally until the surface of the designed base is covered. Do the procedure repeatedly to cover the whole frame of the base.
- Let the trivet dry while pressing the corks in place to assure secured positions. Allow three to four days for the glued corks to dry.
- Check the trivet for loose corks. If there are loose ones, re-glue them and let them dry again.
- Paint the trivet of your desired color. When dried, the trivet can be used in your dining table.
The above simple steps allow you to produce uniquely designed trivets. The design may not be comparable to the expensive trivets sold in the market but their usefulness and durability may compete with the expensive ones. They can be used in ones’ own dining table but some creative and skillful individuals do the craft as a living.
Uniqueness is one factor for a homemade trivet design. Different designs may be viewed from magazines, or from the imagination of the person who loves to do the craft. The more creative a trivet artist is the more saleable are his products. And the more sales he has, the more inspired the artist will be.
Patience and hard work are also important in making a cork trivet. Attaching the cork one by one on the trivet base by a good kind of glue is a lot of hard work. Most often, the corks do not cling safely on the base so they need to be re-glued. Some weight may be placed on top so that they would really attach to the homemade trivet base. Once the trivet is finished, the artist sets aside all his weariness and turns to his product as a masterpiece. Making a cork trivet needs a lot of skills, creativity and patience.