HIHI all clay kids!
How is everybody doing? Been pretty quiet around here.
I have been doing alot of throwing lately...I ordered some ner bats and also new pins... but here's my dumb question... I have never attached my bats to the wheel head...ready... now remember I am old and a blonde so take that into consideration...
HOW do I attach the bat tot he wheel head?
See told you it was dumb!
My wheel has two holes in it thru which the bat pins are secured ...so the round top of the pin sticks up from the wheel (the wing-nut is secured under the wheel). My Bats also have holes in them (some have hole in the bottom only), I set the bat so that the tops of the pins are in the bat holes and viola, the bat is secured to the wheel.
Now some people like to put a small wad of clay in between the bat and the wheel, I don't do that but think if I threw greater amounts of clay at one time I may consider it (I tend to make smaller items, throwing no more that 5-7lbs of clay at a time)
If you don't have a wheelhead that's drilled for pins, you can use the "old-fashioned" method I was taught for attaching bats.
Center a lump of clay (maybe 1/2 lb) and widen it out about halfway across the wheelhead (as if you were going to throw a small plate) then open it all the way to the wheelhead. Pull across so you end up with a short-walled, wide doughnut. Put a small amount of water in the hollow center area, and put your bat on top of the wall. Be sure to get it as close to centered as you can---if it's not, you can still center the clay on top of it, but it's distracting to have the bat not centered while you're throwing.
Wet and press down on the center of the bat and move your hands out to the edge. A vacuum should form under the middle of the bat where the water is, and it'll stay put if you did it right. You'll need to pry it off when you're ready to switch bats---I use a "church key" beer can opener, or an old fork if I need more leverage (tines under the bat).
You should be able to use your "doughnut" several times, but whenever you take a bat off you need to check the level and make sure it's still properly centered before putting the next bat on. If necessary, you can re-throw it and get it back on center.
Thanks Deb... I've actually made those many times before. You can also do that with Chinette plates and platters. I used small chinette platters to make a set of oval plates that we use whenever we have fajitas (I glazed them all different colors :-)) .
You can also stamp patterns on the slab either before or after its dropped or add handles or feet!
Here are some items I've made using the drop method...First one is 3 small trinket platters with handles that I made using a small ( 4 x 6 inches) frame with a holiday theme. Second are the 'Fiesta' plates I made using chinette platters. Third didn't really use the drop method but those are also fun to make ...see instructions below. Fourth is a goat wall hanging I made for the hub using an 8 x 10 frame.
Ok.. those little square/round items can be used as hoursedorve (sp?) plates, trinket holders, whatever. To make them I first make a square or circle slab (I use a tile to cut the shape but any square/circular object will do), then I stamp or imprint the slab and smooth the edges. Next place slab over an upside down bowl (make sure it's not one with a defined foot, the rounder/smothere the better, I have some old correl (sp?) ones that I use) then add feet (I find three small circles or squares work best). Press a tile on top to make sure that the feet are 'flat' then let it dry! Fire, glaze, fire :-)
OK I got the new 14" bat with Bat Pins.Now we know that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer...The bats have little bumps on the edge.. one has tree bumps and and there are also 1 bump. The pins are not fitting intot he holes on the underside of the bats AM I nuts or what?
If so these are the molded plastic bats with the holes that do not go all the way thru; but they are there. If you look at the bottom of the batt you will see two sets of "holes" molded into the bottom the pins should fit into one of the sets. The little bumps are on the edge line up with the holes that work with 'standard' wheel fittings -- most bats use these. Some smaller wheels will use the other set of holes.
Now, assuming this is the type of bat you have, one of the 'holes' will be more oval in shape, when you put the bat on line up the 'round' hole with one bat pin then bring it down to meet the other pin, matching the oval to the round pin gives you some wiggle room to get the match right.