I have some issues with the standard cut off wire. They can break and it usually isn’t easy to replace the wire. Sometimes you need a longer wire to cut off a big platter. And sometimes you want something different from you wire – either a thinner wire or maybe something that will add texture.
To make a cut off “wire” that fits your needs, this is what you need to get started:
- A pair of corks. I prefer the rubber wine corks.
- A drill with a small drill bit.
- A wire of some sort: fishing line, thin wire, a stretched out spring.**
Drill a hole into the center of your cork.
Thread your cord, wire or spring through the cork. If you’re using fishing line, thread it through multiple times and tie a couple of knots. If you’re using beading wire, use a crimp bead. If you’re using a spring or other single ply wire, twist the wire after you thread it through the cork.
An added bonus: they float!
Next blog post will have some images of the wires in action.
**Some ideas for “wires:”
- Fishing line of whatever thickness you prefer. You can find it as hardware stores, Target, craft stores, sporting good stores, etc…
- If you prefer to have an actual wire, beading wire is perfect! There are a bunch of different brands out there. Look for multi-strand braided wire. You can find it at craft stores and anywhere they sell beads. Or you can find it here.
- To make a wavy texture wire, you need to find a spring that is made from a thin gauge wire that will be easy to stretch out. I have found the BEST springs at one of my favorite stores – American Science Surplus in Chicago (and they only cost 20 cents!). Unfortunately, they don’t sell the exact wire online, but you can get a package of assorted springs from them here, and I’m pretty sure that you can find something that’ll work in the package.
Check out some more of my “How to” posts. If you have any suggestions for future tutorials, send me an email or add a comment!
I regularly get questions emailed to me about clay, kilns, the business of clay, etc… I have decided to start a series “Ask a Potter” where I answer some of these questions on PotteryBlog.com that I think will be interesting and helpful to other readers. Please feel free to share your 2 cents and join in on the dialog!
Who takes your photos? What kind of camera do you use?
-Diane in Georgia
My “professional” images are taken by Guy Nicol
His studio is also at Lillstreet Studios
. If you’re not in the Chicago area, don’t let that stop you, you can ship your work to him.
I have been using Guy for my photos for the last 7 years, and his work is amazing. He specializes in studio arts such as ceramics, jewelry, fibers, etc… I’ve used the images he taken to apply to shows as well as promotional materials (postcards, business cards, etc…). Some of Guy’s images of my work published in exhibition catalogs, 500 Cups
(2 images), 500 Pitchers
(2 images) and Ceramics Monthly.
Some examples of photos that Guy has taken for me recently:
I do take lots of photos myself that are posted on this blog. I got a new digital camera early last fall, the Canon PowerShot A570
and I’ve been really happy with it.
I would say the photos that I take myself fall into 3 categories – personal, studio shots/ works in progress, and images for online selling. I’ve been dabbling in online selling for a while trying to figure out what outlet I think is best. I’m finally ready to jump into the Etsy pool (more on that to come!) and easy, high quality photos are a necessity.
Below are some photos that I have taken with my digital camera: