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In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

15 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Attached are a few pix of the ceiling fan banding wheel I spoke about earlier.

I've purchased a couple of fans to use for the video I'm going to shoot on the fabrication process, but the video will be done as soon as I recover from my recent hand surgery. (That will be in about 2 months.) After  you look at the pix let me know if you have any questions.

I'm still checking on a way to power it for the spray booth application.

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In Topic: Magic Box Damp Box What A Type Of Plaster?

12 June 2015 - 10:02 AM

I used pottery plaster in my box when I put it together about 2 years ago and added about a quart of water after the plaster set up. As an experiment, I placed 2 mug bodies and a large sycamore leaf in the box and closed the lid. I looked in on my pieces after about a year and the mugs were as moist and pliable as the day I threw them and the leaf was moist too. I am in the process of converting a small studio apartment into my clay studio and the box was moved to the studio to get it out of my garage. At the 18 month point and occasionally since then I've checked on my pieces to find them in the same pliable condition. I got rid of the leaf because it was getting moldy. Since I started the experiment, I've added only another pint of water to maintain the humidity level. My box is about 30x15x15 and has about 1.5" of plaster in it.

The studio has a shower which I was going to convert into a wet closet, but after working with the box, I think I might just put some shelves in it and stack some damp boxes instead.

In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

27 May 2015 - 02:25 PM

Sorry ... Don't know how to use quote correctly!

JohnnyK ... I'd like pictures/video of your ceiling fan banding wheel. Thx!

I'll take some pix of the finished unit (since it's already built) and post them later this week. The video will have to wait awhile. I'm looking for another cheap fan so I can document the process from start to finish. The fan that you get has to have a downrod because the outer housing is used for the base. A "hugger" fan won't work for what I did.

In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

27 May 2015 - 02:16 PM

I wonder if the ceiling fan banding wheel could be wired thru a rheostat to make a variable-speed turntable for the spray booth. ?

Also love the magnetic spray booth liner holder. Since my booth is fiberglass, I could put an adhesive magnet strip around the top edge of the booth, or if that's not a strong enuf magnet, I could silicone a strip of galvanized sheeting and use refrigerator magnets.

There is a moldable "self setting rubber" called Sugaru (very expensive) that I found online and was raving about to my #1. He found instructions in eHow (I think) to make my own with silicone and cornstarch! It has a short set-up time (silicone), but sticks to anything that silicone will. Great for cushy handles and reinforcing connector cables where they wear with bending and custom-sized wall hooks and probably much more.
I keep a tube of silicone around to make pads on my pots, mugs, vases, well, everything. I've got mugs with 25 yr old pads! It is dishwasher-proof and microwaveable. When I unload the kiln and lightly sand/grind the bottoms using one mug against the other, I upend all the pots and put three dabs of GE clear silicone on each pot foot - just a little bit, usually no bigger than 1/4" dots. Let the silicone set up for an hour or so, till it is still flexible but no longer sticky, then turn the pots right-side-up on a flat and level non-porous surface (or put waxed paper on porous surfaces) to harden overnight (24 hrs is best, but 8 will do). It flattens to a thin pad. Tip slightly to release from surface or just peel off waxed paper. It can also be used to level up tippy sculptures (mine and others'). It is effective in earthquakes, too. Here in CA, I have a friend whose whole shelf of mugs was sent to the floor except for my mugs - the silicone kept them from sliding! My other friend keeps her mugs upside down on the shelves, so she needed more mugs.

Wiring the banding wheel is something that I haven't considered. At first blush I think it would be possible, but I'd have to do a little research to figure out the particulars to see if it can be done economically.

In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

14 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

I have made a neat and inexpensive banding wheel from an old ceiling fan and a piece of 3/4" plywood. The bearings on the fan are pretty heavy duty and very smooth operating for almost anything you might want to put on it. If you don't have the fan lying around, you can usually pick one up at a thrift store for $5 or less. Then it's a relatively simple operation to disassemble it, cut off a few misc. pieces with a hacksaw, and reassemble it in a slightly different configuration, cut a round turntable from the 3/4" plywood, drill the plywood and mount it on the fan blade flange. Then you take the upper part of the fan housing, turn it upside down and screw it back on to the fan using the same mounting holes and screws you removed the housing part from. This provides a very stable base. Total cost for the banding wheel could be under $10.

I'll be making a short video of the fabrication for a future post if there's interest.