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#61 Denice


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

I have gotten a lot of great ideas such as packing tape to smooth rims, embossed glass plates and plastic toilet brushes. I think I have most of the things people listed but I checked my studio to see what I have accumulated lately and I found a baster, magnifying stand, plastic spaghetti measurer and a rotary cutting mat for quilters that has a 1 inch grid on it. Past forum I told you I was testing out a triangle meat saw that was given to me. I was trying several different ideas when my son who is a chef happen to see it and asked to keep it.' Of course I gave it to him, oh well keeps the clutter down.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:57 AM

OOoo, good topic.

Lets see, favorite non-clay tools for the clay studio include
a pizza cutter for cutting slabs,
various chunks of old copper pipe, straws, coffee stirrers, and the center spindle off a spool of grocery store produce bags for cutting round holes in stuff,
drywall chunks for drying tiles,
a speed-square,
a well worn metal spoon for burnishing,
old plastic grocery bags (oh SOO many uses, from burnishing and propping pieces to slowing drying)
a rolling pin,
paint sticks for thickness rolling,
cookie cutters,
various cement and mortar texturing tools
half a million different thingamabobs and whatchamacallits for texturing
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:45 AM

drywall chunks for drying tiles,

I love my drywall squares! (seasoning tiles, racks for greenware).

I use a little backpacker's cappuccino mixer for whipping up test glazes...
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:41 AM

I use those little round jar opener cloths to put under the more delicate pot rims when trimming to soften the contact with the wheel.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:54 AM

I use those little round jar opener cloths to put under the more delicate pot rims when trimming to soften the contact with the wheel.

I use cut up pieces shelf liner, the nubby rubber kind, for the same thing. I even glued some to a bat I made using masonite for an impromptu trimming bat. I have another with thick foam, but some objects are too unstable on it, and this one fills in nicely. My only peeve is that you can't tap center on it, too grippy.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:46 PM

Wow- almost forgot one of my favorites... this guy...

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Small size indoor greenhouse unit- 50 bucks at the local building supply shop... and perfect for a small size 'wet room'.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:11 PM

As I was glazing, I thought I would post this. I use a recessed lid from a rubbermaid tote for glazing plates or large pieces that can't be dipped. On these little plates, I wanted one color on the back and one on the front. When I'm done with a color, I just tip up the tray and dump the excess in the bucket. Hose it off, easy peasy!

And the slats are bamboo garden stakes, much cheaper than dowels. You can buy 50 of them for a couple bucks.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:13 PM

For a medium sized amount of glaze, I've used a couple empty 64 oz Criso bottles. They come with a screw on lid, for pouring out small amounts for brushing, and the top is designed for that any residue in that lid, flows back into the container, when you screw it back on.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:39 PM

I use 4' lengths of copper tubing for hole punches and wood dowels just a little smaller to clean out the unwanted clay, under the bed Plastic boxes make great wet boxes for holding or conditioning my slabs. Use puppy pads sprayed with water and turned plastic side up to help hold moisture. Also use up those pesky plastic bags after cutting off handles and opening up sides for seperators when stacking more than one type of clay. Always fold so the printed side is turned to the inside that way no unwanted marking. Plastic bags work nice when cut and twisted to make soft support for the edges of my leaf trays. Looks like the imagination is the only limit to what we come up with. Sure appreciate all the other responses that broadened out my view of what can be repurposed.

Hobby stores usually carry brass and copper tubing in square, round and oval sections. These work well for the traditional hole punches and the unusual shaped piercing punches.

Oh and don't forget cookie cutters and miniature cookie cutters for repetitive curves on rims or for piercing shapes.
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