At last!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My very first slab roller came in the mail last week! Good bye rolling pin! Look at that perfectly smooth, even slab of clay. Now I'm wondering how I managed for so long without one. This weekend I'm making lots and lots of new christmas ornaments.
If you have a slab roller...what material do you prefer to use between the roller and clay? Mine came with a slab sheet (thats what the directions call it) and canvas. I really like the smoothness of the slab sheet, but clay seems to stick to it at times. Any suggestions?



9 comments:

  1. I love, love, love my slab roller! And like you, I asked my self how I ever lived without one. I use the cotton canvas that mine came with. Mine's a North Star that I bought when I was still making a lot of pots. No problems with clay sticking and I use a porcelain which is very sticky. But it's got a quite coarse weave so I have to sponge it to get the pattern out. Not a problem with my porcelain but if you are using a clay with much grog/sand in it, it might raise the large particles when you smooth the surface. Anyhoo, it's a great thing to move up to the slab roller technology, eh?

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  2. I cannot wait to see these beads finished! I love them so much my heart is beating fast! It seems like you create beads from my imagination!!

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  3. I tore up an old soft sheet and placed between the canvas. Porcelain peels right off and silky smooth!

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  4. I love new tools! and those owls and acorns are adorable!

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  5. I love the slab mats with my slab roller. I usually order the longer ones (one dimension being @ 24") and cut them in half. One on top, one on bottom of the clay and a smooth surface right away… They do get wet quite fast, so I have a few on hand to use, then let them dry out and roll out more slabs later. I think just about anything would get wet. I ordered mine from Bailey Pottery Supply as well… :)

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  6. I was thinking of buying this very same slab roller! How is the mini-might working out for you? Does it take a lot of strength to operate?

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  7. I work in a bakery, still small right now, but we are fantasizing about the day when we get a sheeter for cookie dough... so much rolling! Anyway, love your shop, just thought I'd check out your blog :)

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  8. Use a sprinkling of corn starch on the canvas - this should ease the stickiness.

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  9. oh my gosh, can someone please tell me how to use this slab roller? I'm used to the ones you adjust the height on and can not for the life of me figure out how to use this! help! : (

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