I have an over supply of dull loop trimming tools. I have previously used a small diamond impregnated metal sharpening tool. This is very slow and laborious, particularly on the non straight tools. Has anyone come up with an easier way to sharpen these gadgets?
Does anyone have any experience with the bat systems that have a removable square section in the middle? I've seen some that people have made by just cutting a square out of a regular plastic bat the size of a 12 inch ceramic tile. Does that work well? What other approaches have you seen, tried, bought?
Some days I amaze myself at how cheap I really am.
It seems very easy for me to lose pottery throwing tools in my pigsty. Needles seem to be a regular victim of my chaos, so I have to have a bunch of them. By the time you figure shipping in, they seem to run $3 to $4 dollars. I decided to make up a bunch of them myself.
I bought 25 large embroidery needles on eBay for $.99, delivered. It took me about 10 minutes to turn six of them and some old dowell I had around into excellent pottery needles.
The math: 6 needles x $3 x 6 (sets per hour)- $.25 for needles = $ 107.75 hr. I know this is chump change for politicians, but it is not bad for potters who few can expect to make more than $20 per hour for their efforts.
Oh yes, I spray my small pottery throwing tools high visibility orange to make them easier to find in my slop. So often I cannot find a tool that I set down just a few moments ago.
Can you beat this?