Make Yourself Some Pottery Tools

My posts on making jewelry tools have been so popular that I decided to share some ideas for making pottery tools with you.  None of these are original but they all present my twist on things.  The first one is a clay texture tool.  I found a foot massager at a thrift store, took it apart, and now I have two new texture tools plus some to share.

You can also saw up a broomstick a dowel and apply craft foam or hot glue to make patterns to texture clay.  There are some examples below.  

The glue stick makes a nice texture.

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Make a clay cutter to cut canes for Nerikomi.  I cut the end off a metal plant hanger and strung  it with 24 gauge wire.  You can use any form that will keep the wire taut and if the wire breaks, it’s easy to replace.  

I love the idea of a tool that will bevel the edges of clay slabs.    Enter the beveler!    I got the idea to make my own from this site  but mine is a bit different.  The wood I used is a sidewalk find.  I trimmed the smaller piece so the edges were straight.  Then I nailed it to the larger piece so I would have two beveling angles, one shallow and a longer one.  I didn’t measure anything; I just eyeballed it.  I notched the four corners to keep  the wire in place and used a screw eye to hold the wire taut.  I tried my beveler out and it works beautifully.  It really comes in handy when you are beveling curved edges.

And finally, although this is not a pottery tool, I had to include it. I made myself a rawhide hammer from a dog chew following Charles Lewton-Brain’s directions here.  My conclusion?  Go out and buy one. The dog chews ended up costing about as much as a small hammer and it was much more difficult the make than the instructions let on.  But still, I like the way my hammer turned out and I’m using it.

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Feel free to share this information and if you  want to share ideas for tools you’ve made, leave a comment.

 

A Box of Hammers

I love going to flea markets to shop for old tools to use for jewelry making. I love unusual hammers most of all. I picked up an old cobbler’s hammer at a sale a little while ago (just because it looked interesting) along with a nifty tack hammer that will be just perfect​ for texturing and maybe riveting.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “dumber than a box of hammmers.” I suppose a box of hammers would not have the collective intelligence of a box of beetles for instance or a box of bicycle messengers. On the other hand, a bag full of hammers is not likely to be more intelligent because said hammers are not in a box.

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A Box of Hammers!

That being said, I initiated the conversation that led to the sale with the question, “Have you ever heard the expression ‘dumber than a box full of hammers?'” The person selling the hammers told me he was familiar with the expression and then gave me a very smart price on my selections from his box of hammers.

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My New Jewelry Making Tools

Who doesn’t love a good deal? My friends know that I am a bargain hunter. Here are my latest jewelry making tool scores.
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Otto Frei close out two Fretz mini raising hammers $84.00

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Ever since  I used Artsy-Sciency’s metal shears in Puerto Vallerta,  I wanted a pair.  They cut so easily.  ArtGirlsTools  $13.25 plus shipping

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Haiko flush cutters  Amazon

16 gauge    $9.29

10 gauge   $12.67

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Optivisor – low cost version. I had a couple of genuine Optivisor lenses but no holder. I didn’t want to invest in a genuine Optivisor so I tried this low cost knock off. My Optivisor lenses fit and it came with some lenses of its own. Probably not as good as the genuine thing but you can’t beat the cost.

$$16.50 plus $3.00 shipping from China.  Delivery takes a few weeks.  Order it here.

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Foredom Bench Lathe  $188.50

Jets Jewelers Tools and Supplies  Order it here,

There’s a story behind the bench lathe.  I was jonesing for one ever since I attended a Clay ConneCTion retreat a few years ago and got to try one out.  I went searching for a deal and was wary of  buying a poorly made knock off or, worse yet, a counterfeit.

I had one prior order with Jets Jewelers and Supplies who does business on eBay.  I didn’t like the item I got and they refunded my money in full no questions asked.  So when I saw the deal on the Foredom Bench Lathe,  I ordered it.  Jets Jewelers promptly sent me an email informing me that I had ordered the 240 volt model and asked me if I had not really meant to purchase the 120 volt model.    I thanked them for catching the error and my bench lathe arrived a couple of days later.  I love it.  And I commend Jets Jewelers and Supplies for their great customer service!!

Note: Some of these prices may have gone up since I bought the items but they are still great deals.  I have no affiliation with any of the sellers or manufacturers.