Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:12 PM
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:51 PM
I have spent most of my years trimming trying to AVOID chattering .
For me it occurs easier when pots are past idea moisture state to trim ( that is drier than I'd like) I also notice that a broader trim tool seems to make it jump (chatter more) as well as a certain RPM. I use a smaller tool and change up rpm's to avoid as well as rewet pot
As noted I always try to avoid this so its harder for me to say exactly how to get this.
Hope this helps you.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:58 PM
I did mine on the wheel, right after they were thrown. I also made my own chattering tool so it's possible that that may not be working correctly either. One was only bisque fired at the weekend and it's awaiting glaze and the other I've dared to take a pic and put it below.
They are a long way from the finished article, but we all have to start somewhere and I am still experimenting and enjoying experimenting.
Hopefully someone will be along who knows more than me.
Edit: I took so long writing that and taking pics that they already have.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:02 PM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:00 AM
Kiln Repair Tech
Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:58 PM
Alice, I have a couple that need editing. I'm on a deadline for getting work done on a building and these days I'm so busy I can't even imagine surviving this phase of my existence. I got some time off last night and I should have done that.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:31 AM
I always do the chatter at high speed on the wheel with a sharpened tool. The clay will need to be a little beyond leather hard as many have stated above. place the cutting edge lightly and at a sharp angle to the pot surface. I then listen for the right frequency that I am looking for and then move it to the right rhythm down the pot from the smallest point to the widest point of the pot.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:43 PM
Joel, are the long swirly ridges in place before you started the chatter, or did they somehow develop as a result of repeated chattering?
I still love this pot so much.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:37 AM
The tool I use is one I made from a piece of steel strapping from a pallet. I have several configurations, including a straight cut across, one with a single vee point and one with two vee points, each one has a "handle" that is the strap folded a a little over 90 degrees to the point. I use the single vee point the most and play with wheel speed, how loosely I am holding the tool, where along the handle I hold the tool and where in leather hard the clay is for variation. I find that you can chatter fairly early, but waiting until the clay surface is quite firm works best for me. I sometimes help get it there with a heat gun I keep at my wheel.
I attached a couple examples of my pots with the accent chattering. The pattern on the red on white jar is what I get most of the time.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:46 AM
Oh my goodness that lidded jar is beautiful. The form is perfect and color treatment fits it well.
To answer you question about tools you are right it makes all the difference. I use a hacksaw blade bent at 90 degrees and sharpened on the end like a knife. I have several ends that I like to use. I see you used a flat edge. That makes a nice texture, but is totally different from a pointed edge, a flattened point, but my favorite is the rounded edge. My biggest tip is to sharpen your tools each time you sit and trim, and use the frequency and sound more that visual to tell if you are getting the chattering right. It should be smooth and rhythmic.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:01 PM
I use a hacksaw blade as well but I never thought to have different shaped cutting surfaces.
Thanks for the tip, Brian.
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