For one thing I am constructing a piece using thin coils and in this hot weather they are drying very quickly and some have already snapped..
In the hope of not losing too many pieces I have blended paperclay and a buff stoneware clay for colour.
|blending clay - nearly there|
|home made extruder attached to studio wall|
It came with a spare die and just as well...
|top is spare die, bottom is existing die with small hole|
I need two sizes of coil and so thought if I combined the sizes of hole in the one die it would save time... not quite right...
|die showing new holes of two sizes|
The new die worked well except for one thing.... the larger holes allowed the clay through at a faster rate so the smaller coils were not keeping up and came through much shorter... in comparison to the larger hole.
|new die showing different size and lengths|
Fortunately I still had the spare die... and a clever husband to drill new holes in the spare...
It has worked a treat... The old die is not lost either.. the small holes have been filled with small nuts and bolts and the larger holes can now be used on their own.
|new die with small holes works well.|