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MelJM

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  1. Speedball Artista

    Thanks very much for the tips.
  2. Speedball Artista

    Sure enough the holes on the wheel head are just a bit too small. Defect in the wheel or maybe Speedball makes theirs smaller? Anyone know if a hardware store would sell smaller type pins so that I could MacGyver something to work with the bats? I'd just drill out the holes with a 1/4 inch bit. Smaller pins will likely have a smaller head, which won't fit your bats. Thanks for your help. I was thinking of that too. I'm just worried about damaging the wheel since I'm not sure what type of drill bit to use. The wheel has a plastic type finish but not sure what's underneath it. It must be steel right? Sorry...I'm not too handy!
  3. Speedball Artista

    Sure enough the holes on the wheel head are just a bit too small. Defect in the wheel or maybe Speedball makes theirs smaller? Anyone know if a hardware store would sell smaller type pins so that I could MacGyver something to work with the bats?
  4. Speedball Artista

    Thanks for the reply. I think the bat pins they included with the wheel must be the wrong ones. I can't even put the shaft of the pins through the wheelhead holes. On wheels that I've used for my classes, the bolt would just slip through and then I would tighten the wing nuts.
  5. Speedball Artista

    Yes, they came with the wheel and they include wing nuts. Are they suppose to fit so tightly the first time?...I can only get them in about 1/4 of the way and then they are too difficult to twist (for me anyways)...I just don't know if I should try to force it. I don't want to damage the wheel itself.
  6. Hi there, I just bought the Speedball Artista from a store online. I'm having some issues with the bat pins that came with the wheel. The wheel itself has a plastic covering and when I turn the bat pins in the holes a few times, they fit very snuggly. I don't know if I should force them in or if they are the wrong size. It's my first wheel and the instructions don't really mention the bat pins. Has anyone had any experience with the bat pins for this wheel? I've contacted the online store where I bought the wheel but haven't heard back yet. Thanks. Melanie
  7. Thanks very much for the tips. Is unglazed porcelain food safe and will it stain if I leave the surface unglazed?
  8. Hi there, I recently made a cake stand for the first time on the wheel. I made them upside down as one piece. I'm fairly new at working on the wheel and need help on how I would go about trimming the piece so that they won't collapse or crack (I need to flip it over onto the base and trim the top to make it flat). Also, given the larger top surface, are there any tips on how to fire the clay so that the top doesn't warp? Thanks for your help!
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