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#1 Pres

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 03:11 PM

Okay, so we've heard a great deal about the Griffin Grip and Splash Pans. What tool or thing not used normally for ceramics do you use in the studio to play . . . What if? One of my favorites is a set of embroidery hoops!! After throwing a teapot, vase, mug, or other form with a belly and neck, I will find an embroidery hoop that will fit the neck or over the belly at an angle. Cut the pot on that angle, turn 90 or 180 degrees and rejoin for a crazy crooked form. Anyone ever tried it? What tricks do you use for creative fun?

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#2 Diane Puckett

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:49 PM

I love the hoop idea!

I use a flexible 2-foot ruler to measure circumference. I also bend it in various shapes to see what possible handles would look like on larger pieces. When I decide on a handle, I know how long it needs to be.

I bought a big, wooden triangle, the kind geometry teachers use with blackboards. It is very useful in handbuilding, weighs almost nothing, has a knob on the front to hold it, and does not stick to the clay. It was about five dollars on Amazon.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:58 PM

I have one of those triangles too! They are great for hand building/ cutting slabs.
I. Have cheese cloth in my studio. also meat cutters'hair nets...I stretch that over a 2x4 and use it to make textures
I have a lot of texturing material like steel sheets with various size hole, rubber Matt's,a matt I removed from an old AV stand.
extured paper that I cast in plaster,etc.
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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:33 AM

I don't use too many off the wall things but I do use pick combs (like this http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/studio-35-beauty-lift-comb-assortment/ID=prod4118234-product) for slip combing. I break off the individual plastic parts to get a comb with the "teeth" and spacing I want. I also use things like slightly filed corner brackets or L brackets for trimming.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:55 AM

I have only been throwing on the wheel for about 6 months. I still have a hard time telling how thick my bottoms are and how much to trim. Before I trim I would push an extra thin needle tool through the bottom of the pot with my finger tip against the tool. Remove the tool with finger tip still in place to measure how thick the bottom is. When I couldn't get my hand inside a narrow neck I took a small ball of clay, placed it on the end of the needle tool. As I pushed it through the bottom of the pot the ball of clay was pushed up the needle tool showing me the depth of my bottom. Does this count???
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:51 AM

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:17 AM

Thanks Wayne! I haven't even started wheel throwing but was wondering how I was going to figure that bottom thickness out. I will keep your tip ready to go when I start wheel work.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:34 PM

Thanks Wayne! I haven't even started wheel throwing but was wondering how I was going to figure that bottom thickness out. I will keep your tip ready to go when I start wheel work.

Terry


You can take 2 measurements. One form inside an done from outside.Use a thin stick (light weight so you do not damage your piece) an rest it at the top of the vessel. Measure inside depth and now move the vertical measuring stick to the outside of the vessel and you can see the difference.

I attepted to draw you a picture but the "code" tags do not work here correctly.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:46 AM

I may have seen this here and if I did I'm sorry for not giving the poster credit ....

I bought a box of disposable icing bags and fill them with slip. Then I cut the tip off ( I can control the thickness by just cutting the tip ). And 'pipe' away with the slip

I don,t get as many air pocket splatters using them

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

I have only been throwing on the wheel for about 6 months. I still have a hard time telling how thick my bottoms are and how much to trim. Before I trim I would push an extra thin needle tool through the bottom of the pot with my finger tip against the tool. Remove the tool with finger tip still in place to measure how thick the bottom is. When I couldn't get my hand inside a narrow neck I took a small ball of clay, placed it on the end of the needle tool. As I pushed it through the bottom of the pot the ball of clay was pushed up the needle tool showing me the depth of my bottom. Does this count???


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

Great tip!

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:06 PM

I open one of those packets of cheap wooden cooking utensils, sold to go in utensil jars, and take out the spatula-like piece with the flat, slightly angled end. I use it on the insides of mugs, vases, and other such pieces while throwing, to smooth and level the floor of the pot and sometimes to widen it a bit. A little care is required to avoid gouging with it, but I find that manageable. I imagine there would be clay or glaze uses for some of the other utensils, too.
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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:28 PM

Go one better I get the sets of bamboo kitchen tools, cut off the handles and make ribs out of the spoons, spatulas and forks. They need a little sharpening but the spoons make great bowl ribs.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:39 AM

Love this sort of thread.

I use the wheels off kid's old toy cars and trucks for texture rollers.

Old plastic place mats from the junque store make great patterns, and store easily.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:25 PM

Pizza cutter from Goodwill cuts tiles from slabs without dragging the edge.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:53 PM

I use fondant molds to form different shaped feet for some of my hand built trays. I also use stamping stencils, metal jewelry, ribbons, lace to create textures & patterns on my thrown or handbuilt pieces. ! Just lots of fun! I usual pick up most of my "tools" from yard sales, goodwill etc!

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:08 AM

Parts from old typewriters, and printing press materials. I use an old adding machine roller as a line maker for weeds and grasses. Look close and you will see numbers 0-9 in order repetitively. Great conversation at a show on how I got those little numbers all in a row...:unsure:src="http://ceramicartsda...lt/unsure.gif">

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:09 AM

Parts from old typewriters, and printing press materials. I use an old adding machine roller as a line maker for weeds and grasses. Look close and you will see numbers 0-9 in order repetitively. Great conversation at a show on how I got those little numbers all in a row...Posted Image


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:19 AM

Attached File  image.jpg   536.01KB   74 downloadsHi Everyone,

I have been busy lately making molds and more tools for clay work. Today I will actually make something. I make the tools from clay, and glazed them. Recently, made two extruders one is not glazed yet. Here are the pics of my tools.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:23 AM

I may have seen this here and if I did I'm sorry for not giving the poster credit ....

I bought a box of disposable icing bags and fill them with slip. Then I cut the tip off ( I can control the thickness by just cutting the tip ). And 'pipe' away with the slip

I don,t get as many air pocket splatters using them


I use disposable icing bags, too! Though I also use the plastic collars and the frosting tips to get different effects. I also find that just cutting the tip makes it sort of flat, where the metal tips keep it more round.




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