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Has anyone ever tried making a ceramic rolling pin? not one for rolling patterns into soft clay, but one for rolling out pie dough.  Maybe on the wheel? glazing on the other hand, we will cross that bridge when we get there :blink:

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My recommendation -- look up French rolling pins. It will be infinitely easier to make one of those than a traditional rolling pin with a fat middle and handles on the side.

 

A traditional rolling pin would probably have to be hollow, but would be hard to keep perfectly cylindrical if built by extrusion or slabs... Maybe throwing could work, but that's a tall / thin / tricky object to throw (for me at least).

 

If I were doing it, I'd extrude and make a French rolling pin... And either make it with unglazed porcelain, or if you really want to glaze it, make a long hole in both ends and fire it on-end supported by nichrome wire armature.

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Haven't tried it, but if you needed one you could make a mold of an existing pin and then cast a ceramic one.  You would want it to be fairly thick for obvious reasons, and there could be safety issues because if it does break it would likely be sharp as heck.

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what if you took an inexpensive walmart rolling pin (or the like) then threw a cylinder of clay (on a wheel or hand built out of a slab i suppose) to slip over the outside of the wooden rolling pin.  

 

You could then adjust the diam of the wood rolling pin slightly to fit each cylinder after it was fired and then epoxy the 2 together.

 

this sort of arrangement potentially solves a number of the issues above.

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thanks for your help yall. I think im going to throw it.  like i was coning up.leave it like that, then trim it in a chuck to define its a rolling pin. then it would be thick all the way through, slow bisque to prevent explosion.

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