Tuesday, October 2, 2012

in the works...

The welder returned the first completed pedestal because there was too much tension on the rods for him to work with. Although I thought the holes were measured out, it turns out the spacing was irregular. The wider rods were not really what I wanted anyway so I bought a third (or is it fourth?) set of 5 steel rods and had them cut shorter to alleviate the pressure outward. Although there is more "slop" in the new holes, the tension is gone. Some of the wood forms will need lots of putty to fill those old holes or re-cut. I really hope that this pedestal can be welded so I can move forward!  There are two more to be built plus a wall mount. The next one up is more complicated. I hate spending so much time with pedestal fabrication instead of clay!  That said, I've just started building a wooden framed pedestal for a fifth piece yet to be made. I am literally working from the ground up this time.

This new piece hangs from the wall and a hook. I need to hand build one more piece to fill the kiln before firing it up. Two are ready to be bisqued at this point.

total height 25.5" x 6"w, top to hang a hook and rest on a mirror, bottom part hangs below

template for wall mount

side view of wall support

Pedestal prototype for piece shown in previous post. It slides through the middle while another part flows off the base.

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