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#1 Marian65

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

I'm looking for a few suggestions about making some feet/stands/legs/whatever-you-prefer-to-call-them for stands/bases for large eggs.

 

I have a friend who decorates eggs.  That doesn't sound impressive until one sees the eggs.  She uses ostrich, emu, and rhea eggs mostly, but also works with smaller ones.  The larger ones are cut and hinged and have wonderful scenery inside and even music elements sometimes.  She wants me to make some various stands to which she can attach her eggs.  I've been trying hand forming porcelain, but can't get them to come out close enough to the same shapes and size to do justice to her eggs.  So far I've tried a shallow curved bowl with tripod legs, and then three different shapes of three each that she can glue onto the shells.  None of them look good.  I've never worked with Potter's Plaster, although I keep a 50# bag in my studio all the time "with good intent."  I'm thinking about making bisqued porcelain impressions of each side of any of the legs that look good enough to try to reproduce and then press-molding them and sticking the sides together.

 

These things need be only about two inches tall when done.  I fire to cone 6.  They will not be glazed so she can paint them to complement the egg theme, so that part is simple.  I'm not mass producing anything, just wanting to do a good job for a friend. 



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

I have made a few different types of ceramic eggs, thrown and handbuilt, and tried out a few stand options.

 

Honestly, my favorite stand is also the easiest I've done. Throw a simple ring down to the wheel head, about two inches high. Let it get to leather hard, and cut out "scallops" from the edge so that it has three feet.

 

And bam, your egg sits in the ring.

 

I hope this makes sense? It's kind of hard to describe with words.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:20 PM

Thanks, MREGECKO,  I really like that idea.  Much easier than trying to get three things alike by hand forming.  I can visualize all sorts of different shapes to the tube so that the "legs" are different on each stand. 



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:44 PM

 

 

Honestly, my favorite stand is also the easiest I've done. Throw a simple ring down to the wheel head, about two inches high. Let it get to leather hard, and cut out "scallops" from the edge so that it has three feet.

 

I hope this makes sense? It's kind of hard to describe with words.

 

Makes sense to me, and as you say it's simple.

 

@ Marian65 - If you want to complicate it a little further than that, throw the same ring but not right down to the wheel head, you can still cut scallops for legs if you want, or not, as you please, when cut from the wheel  the bottom becomes the top (could be further opportunity for decoration here, depending on size) cut one hole in the top the right size for your egg (not necessarily six holes) and that's it.

 

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