Saturday, April 13, 2013

Extruder Free Tubes

Don't get me wrong. I love extruders but I still make tubes this way to use as bails or bead components. This is simple but there might be one or two of you out there that doesn't know about it. So here we go:

1. Roll out some clay to a middle to thin setting, depending on how thick you want the walls of your tube. The clay should be soft enough to stick together but firm enough that you can control it. Cut a strip about a 1/4 of an inch or 1/2 a centimeter

2. Choose a straight metal rod as a mandrel. ( A metal knitting needle is good for this.) I usually rub a little Armoral on the metal to prevent sticking. Make sure that the Aromral is dry before going to step 3.

3. Wind the strip of clay around the mandril. Do not overlap too much. Ideally the clay should just butt up to the coil ahead of it.

4. Roll the clay and rod between your hands to bond the clay together.

5.  Roll the clay and roll on a smooth surface to further bond the clay.

6. Use a piece of Plexiglas or another hard surface to smooth the outside of the tube.

7. Cook the clay and mandrels as you would normally. Remove the clay from the mandrels when they are still hot from the oven. I hold the clay with a dish cloth and pull the mandrel out with a pair of pliers.

And what do you do with these things? I hope to have a couple of suggestions next week.

1 comment:

Deb Ross said...

Thanks, Joan...looking forward to your suggestions!