Monday, August 13, 2007

How to: Make a Foam Bat

A foam bat is endlessly helpful for trimming large pieces, and having a soft surface to work with altered pieces on.

You will need:
*A new clean bat. I used a 22" Hydra Bat from Continental Clay.
*High density foam (it won't flatten out when you put a heavy piece on it).
*A can of spray adhesive.
*An electric knife.
*A Sharpie or any permanent marker.

Take the bat outside and spray the bottom of it with spray adhesive.

Spray one side of the foam with spray adhesive. Put the adhesive sides together and press evenly.

Put the bat, bat side up on a banding wheel and cut off excessive foam with the electric knife. This will give you a nice clean edge.

Place the bat on your wheel using bat pins to ensure it's perfectly centered. Use your marker and ruler to make concentric circles.

Until you get to the outside edge.

Then trim away!

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At 1:13 PM, Blogger the_mark_maker said...

Great idea Emily, do you have any advise on bat pins? I've seen photos where there are three arms that help to centre pieces, wondered how easy they were to get hold of and use?

At 3:40 PM, Blogger jwinds said...

the device you're referring to with three arms used to secure and center pieces is called a giffin grip. See

At 3:53 PM, Blogger luap said...

Emily, nice tip. Thanks for being you!

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks you,Emily... very interestig....Olarg from Sant-Petersburg,Russia,


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