So a second in pottery is when you have a piece that comes out. That’s not perfect, but you still want to sell it and you can sell it for discounted great so before we are able to sell all these pots. So all these mugs came out of the kiln the other day right and they all dripped. They all dripped. All over the place – and it’s just the price you pay sometimes when you are experimenting and you’re you want to like get sweet drip, glazes going, but unfortunately I don’t feel like I can sell these pots for the normal price that I would sell them for.
But I can grind them down and get them pretty close to perfect, like you can see. For example, this pot had a glaze that drip totally off the pot, and then I took some of the grinding tools and went after it and it’s better, but it’s still not perfect. So I’m going to show you guys kind of three different tools and ways that I can do this all right. The first way is with these grinding pads from Diamond core tools.
So basically you get these grinding pads. You throw them on a bat. You put them on the wheel and then use water, and then you can flatten the bottom, so this works really well for that. The only problem is it’s not great at getting a lot of glaze off like this, and it also doesn’t work well if you have handles because you can’t like get the pot low enough second way, I’m going to I’m going to go, get a two I’ll, be Right back, the second way – and this one is really new for me – is to use like a dremel tool with a diamond bit.
So these bits are from also from Diamond core tools and I have ones coarse grind ones, fine, so basically you just turn this on and then you start grinding around the edge, and this is better for like more fine-tuned. Adjustments like the grinding pad is create flattening the bottoms and getting like a little pieces off the bottom. But if you want to make really fine adjustments or just really like more meticulous changes, then the journal tool is definitely way to go.
The last tool you can use, which is what I used forever – is this bench like a bench grinder like this. So basically, this is a wheel that spins and then you can take the pieces and just kind of as it’s spinning you can be like, and I use this for ever in my old studio and there’s some safety hazards with this, like basically when you’re grinding you’re. Just kicking up like a bunch of silica dust and like gravel, which is not good for your lungs, so there are definitely some safety precautions that you want to take.
When doing this should put some safety goggles on, you should have a mask, might be tough to find a mask these days like this, but um glaze can also be very sharp. So if you have gloves, we should be good ball. Let’s do it. This is going to take a little bit of work, but I think it’ll be worth it so normally once when I’m selling mugs for anywhere between, like fifty and seventy dollars, these mugs will probably be on the Etsy restock for like around half that.
So so, if you want to check them out, I’d very much appreciate it, the first one that we’re going to do since it’s not this one didn’t drip that bad. It just kind of drip trait well there. So we’re going to use this grinding pad to just flatten the bottom and then to just kind of smooth out that edge a little bit. So you just get that diamond core thing wet, so see that, after about 10 seconds, we’ve already gotten it pretty close to smooth and using a combination of all these tools and methods is one way you can really like get it to be.
As close as you want it to be, like I already even took a little bit almost too much off so there’s that so the mug is totally perfect, that the bottom is nice and flat and smooth. But I still I’m going to sell these for discounted prices. So boom, okay, so as much as you can, if you can grind outside that, helps a lot, you don’t want all that stuff like flying all over your studio or inside. It’s actually kind of nice out here right now, so I’m going to put my mask on there.
We go so not perfect, but still a very functional cup, but you guys think do you buy this? So honestly, can you understand me when I talk like this? So, honestly, having an array of tools like for a while this bench, grinder was the only thing I had and that’s how I pretty much ground down everything. But now having the diamond bits and the diamond pads, I think, having a combination like I’m, going to use this article to kind of test out what I think, but right now.
I think that the bench grinder probably gets it down the quickest and then the dremel tool is definitely more for like refining and then the pad is great for flattening, making sure it’s flat and then also some refinements as well. So they all are good. They all work I’d say I’m just going to use combination of them for all this and then we’re going to get him looking as fine as possible be upside down.
If I let it begin so sweetie, you know, that’s too sure, so that’s that waste another minute. All right: well, it turns out an hour straight of dremel tool will run the battery out so battery’s dead on the ground tool, but we got most everything done once we’re done with that, we’re going to start just taking pictures of stuff so that you guys can See what’s going to be for sale, we’ll be done all right friends, so we got them all ground down.
We got them all photographed and yeah, so these are all going up for sale. If you want to get a discounted pot, I’ve never done discounted pots online. Before and they these are some sweet ones, so got some special ones and basically they’ll just be discounted, probably around half the normal price. Some of them are still pretty perfect, like the bottoms of these, like they’re, not bad at all, so they’ll just be discounted based on you know what kind of pot it is how bad the bottom is, but, like some of these you know I’ve never had any Of this glaze for sale – and it is awesome, but unfortunately it was really hard on the bottoms so well.
I wanted to thank you guys for stopping along reading this article. If you’ve been here since the beginning of Johnny Potter, you know that I used to get on my bike and ride my bike. While I was talking all the time because my studio used to be at the coffee shop right, so I would get on my bike. Ride to the coffee shop, I’d like to talk to the camera. While I was riding my bike there – and I have really done that in a while – mostly because it’s been winter, but now the weather is amazing, it’s summer or it’s going to be summer in Minnesota.
So now we’re going to be riding the bike. That is it for this article. Thank you guys so much for reading. I love you all. If you haven’t already hit subscribe, like share comment, all the things we’ll see you guys in the next article. It’s amazing what a little sunshine does little outdoor time does for your your mental state. Alright, if you can’t get outside today and make some pots, those are separate things you don’t have to go outside and make pots.
I’m saying you know, go outside and then make pots nevermind see you guys in the next article believe it or not. There was actually snow on the ground this morning. I wish I had a article of it, but I swear I swear to you. There was snow on the ground this morning now it’s like 50 degrees and super nice. Okay. I went down the hill now all right, my skin and if I didn’t make it so big sweetie, you know life’s too short.
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