The Proper Inappropriate Use Of Tools
Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:44 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:57 AM
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 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,
various cement and mortar texturing tools
half a million different thingamabobs and whatchamacallits for texturing
Whistling Fish Pottery
Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:45 AM
I love my drywall squares! (seasoning tiles, racks for greenware).
I use a little backpacker's cappuccino mixer for whipping up test glazes...
Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:54 AM
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.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:11 PM
And the slats are bamboo garden stakes, much cheaper than dowels. You can buy 50 of them for a couple bucks.
ka Studios Pottery
Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:13 PM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:39 PM
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.