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#1 ayjay

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 04:04 AM

Sounds exciting doesn't it?    But it's just one pot. :D

 

I have a small lidded pot which is at the bone dry greenware stage.

 

The wife wants a pomander for her wardrobe.

 

I suggested that I could make holes around the top half of this pot and in the lid.

 

(I'm going to make a couple anyway, but don't particularly like this little pot and tucked away in a wardrobe is the best place for it).

 

I'm planning on using a cordless drill and a 2mm HSS  twist bit.

 

Will this work OK with dry greenware or would I be better off to re-wet the piece to some extent?



#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:59 AM

Ayjay,

If it is bone dry it will flake and chip. Could you re-dampen the surface? Even just the surface would help reduce the flaking and chipping.

 

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#3 Bob Coyle

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:58 AM

Marcia is right, Trying to power drill dry green ware doesn't work out to well especially with a twist bit. If the bit binds in the least when drilling then that's the end of the pot... or at least that has been my sad experience.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:43 AM

OK, thanks, *Bob and Marcia*,  :)  (that name rings a bell, and takes me back way too far).

 

I'll make it damp again over the next few days.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:01 PM

Put it in a damp box for a few days and it will moisten up evenly, then get it to dry leather hard and use hole cutters. I use the boxes all the time with my pieces - sometimes to re-hydrate a piece, sometimes after adding decorative elements, so that everything moistens/ dries evenly - it increases success rate enormously. 'Damp box' (AKA 'Magic Box' - see Youtube video by Tim See)= standard lidded plastic crate with 1/2 " plaster, cast in the bottom. My best piece of equipment ever!

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 03:35 AM

Thanks Celia, I have an improvised version of a magic box, it's in there now.

 

I'll look into hole cutters, I've used them, I know they work fine, never owned one, (apart from a couple of home-made ones of my own, but nothing as small as I want for this).



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:30 PM

Put it in a damp box for a few days and it will moisten up evenly, then get it to dry leather hard and use hole cutters. I use the boxes all the time with my pieces - sometimes to re-hydrate a piece, sometimes after adding decorative elements, so that everything moistens/ dries evenly - it increases success rate enormously. 'Damp box' (AKA 'Magic Box' - see Youtube video by Tim See)= standard lidded plastic crate with 1/2 " plaster, cast in the bottom. My best piece of equipment ever!

Thanks for reminding me, this has been one of my "gunna" projects for some years now!! Oz phrase for going to, some folks have even been given it as a nickname..



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 04:29 AM

 

Thanks for reminding me, this has been one of my "gunna" projects for some years now!! Oz phrase for going to, some folks have even been given it as a nickname..

 

You need one of these.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 05:35 AM

 

 

Thanks for reminding me, this has been one of my "gunna" projects for some years now!! Oz phrase for going to, some folks have even been given it as a nickname..

 

You need one of these.

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Tattooed on my frontal lobe!






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