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Thanks Ima! Strap handles made from slabs are my favorite! Also, the rope rims are really easy to make with an extruder... but you have to make your own die from plywood. Pre-fabbed ones are crazy expensive, but it's probably the easiest one to make. Also, if the extruder is a square tubed one, 4 different size ropes may fit on one die. I attached a pic of the kind of shape you need to cut out of your piece of plywood. You can use different sized drill bits to make the circular parts, and then use a scroll saw, dremel tool, or file to clean out the rest. Northstar sells a round rope die set for $75, and theirs aren't even the "clover" shape. Theirs are just three beveled holes next to one another! I haven't tried making that style, but I've found it's really hard to squeeze even really soft clay through really small holes - so the solid rope die is easier to use.
Deb, rattle rocks are hollow ceramic "rocks" with little balls of clay fired inside of them, so they rattle! They don't serve any particular "purpose" except a fun thing to put next to a favorite plant, or on top of a stack of papers. I do try to vary the size and number of balls in each one, so it's fun to play with and hear what they sound like with each other. If I made enough of them, I bet I could put together my own bell choir! :) But I'm not THAT fanatic!
I find the credit cards a little flimsy, but they're good for tests. I usually ask my DH to cut mine from thin hardboard, but that only lasts for a few tests as well. Eventually I just get aluminim blanks and have him recut the final shape. It DEFINITELY helps to have power tools around, and someone who really knows how to use them...LOL!
Ima, you've got a great DH there! Wish my SO was artistically inclined enough to do more than occasionally help me brush on base coats of glaze, but he's got plenty of other good stuff going for him. Instead, I found a fellow locally that does custom plastic fabrication - and gave him a hollow die design to cut out for me... I get to go pick it up today and see how it works! I'll be sending him all sorts of designs if it works well, 'cuz I can design extruder dies for hours! I agree about the flimsy-ness of the credit card die... but it's a quick way to test if you'll like the way the trim piece comes out before you commit to wood or metal.
BBrook, Thank you so much for ID-ing that plant for me! Funny it's called a Wishbone flower - 'cuz I wish to see it in the store every year!