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In Topic: Tips & Tricks

10 September 2014 - 08:58 PM

I picked up this rolling drawer unit at a local office supply store when they had it for 50% off.  I think I paid about $20.  And it's been worth every cent.  The drawers contain texture stamps, roller stamps, shape cutters, latex texture designs, etc.  I put a cutting board top on it to utilize more space on top for ribs, tools, slip bottles, etc…..things that I use all the time.  It rolls right next to my work table if I'm working there and next to my slab roller if I'm working on it.  The drawers are about 2 1/2" deep so it keeps me from having to dig through everything to find what I want.  I can pretty much see everything in the drawer at a glance. One of the best buys I've found for my studio organization.

In Topic: Tips & Tricks

08 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

As a handbuilder, I enjoy using a lot of different textures.  What I did not enjoy was searching through a box for my texture mats and sometimes finding them wrinkled or folded over.  I was hanging up some things in my closet one day and thought "why don't I use these pants hangers to hang my texture mats.  So I gathered up extra hangers and headed to the studio.  Hummmm, where to hang them?  The back of my ware cart worked great….and the sides.  Now, when a store clerk asks if I want the hangers, I always say yes to the pants hangers!  

In Topic: Container For Dip Glazing Plates

08 September 2014 - 09:54 AM

I use to work at a facility where we used a lot of aquariums.  Many times we made our own out of plexiglas and silicone.  I don't see why this wouldn't work to make a glaze container of the size needed to dip plates using a small amount of glaze.  I found a video where they're making an aquarium out of glass (guess that would work also, but it would be heavier, more difficult to cut, and probably more expensive). They used an aquarium silicone, but we just used regular silicone and it worked fine.  


In Topic: Tips & Tricks

05 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

My tools were always 'hiding' from me when I was on the wheel, disappearing behind the splash pan.  So I cut a 4" thick piece of foam to fit the front of the wheel and now everything is eye-level.  I cut out a hole for my water bucket.  I especially like that I can stick my needle tool and fettling knife upright in the foam to keep them really handy.  Occasionally I'll take the foam outside and hose it off to clean it up, but that doesn't have to be done often.  The little table next to the wheel has a magnetic bar for tools and a couple of "L" hooks for trimming tools, etc.  Batts fit on the shelf under the table.

In Topic: Tips & Tricks

05 September 2014 - 08:36 AM

I am basically a hand builder, therefore I have seams to seal and coils to seal joints.  I purchased various sizes of the little wooden eggs from Hobby Lobby and drilled a hole in each one in different places, i.e. the pointed end of one, the fat end of another, the side of another, etc. and glued a dowel (different lengths) into each one.  They're great for smoothing seams and getting those coils into the joints smoothly.  Sometimes I need a long reach, thus the longer dowels; sometimes the shorter ones work well if I only need something to hold onto when using the egg to smooth.