So my beakers are all trimmed, stamped and ready for handles. I didn't think it was worth posting on the trimming of these as I covered it with the four inch bowls, and there wasn't much clay to remove anyway.
I spent the morning pulling handles. This is not the easiest technique to learn. I think its kind of like kneeding clay, you just have to practice untilyou get a feel for it, then refine what your hands are doing.
I have not made that many and am still very much an amateur handle maker. However, I managed to pull about 80 or so. I only had 35 beakers to handle so I figured this would give me enough to choose from!
Here's the process in pics with a video below.
|Expectant leather hard beakers.|
|Handles, pulled and ready. I used reasonably stiff clay and let them lie out for a couple of hours before using them.|
|Pick one and press down into the fatter end to create a slightly rounded head, to mirror the shape of the beaker.|
|This will make it easier to attach the handle. Wet the end before the next bit.|
|Jam it on the beaker, holding from the inside as you do. |
|Smush (technical term) the end onto the beaker, attaching the skirt securely.|
|Keep supporting it from the inside.|
|Once secured you can lift it up and pull the handle some more.|
|Considerable shaping can be done at this stage.|
|I am using my thumb and finger to put a ridge into the handle.|
|Bend it over and remove any excess clay.|
|Smuch down the tail. |
|Clean it up a bit and you are almost done.|
|The final touch is to run your finger inside the handle, pushing in a nice curve.|
One done. Now you have to wait for the handle to stiffen up and be at the same dryness as the body before slipping them.
Here's the video: