I've been meaning to post this for some time but I had intended on cleaning my workbench first. It really is organized chaos. I know what every rod and stringer is. It sure looks messy though. LOL!
When I first started lampworking I was immediately attracted to dots. However, I felt the need to rest my hand on something, anything. I tried a drinking glass turned upside down and Wally saw me struggling. He found this piece of metal in the garage that was actually part of the packing material when he purchased a bumper for his truck. It's perfect. In the bottom picture you can see the piece of metal and how it's about the same height as my torch face. The other pictures show how I can rest my right hand on it and also the end of the mandrel as I'm placing my dots. This means that everything is steady. The top picture shows that I only have to move about an inch to the right of the flame. I can't imagine ever having to work without it.