Last week I learned from Brian Buckland how to make these upside-down plates, with undulating lines from a twisty cut-off wire. Brian learned it from Tyler Gulden, and so on and so on, it's turtles all the way down.
It's also a joy to be the one sharing!
Here are the steps, pictorally:
|Center a three pound hump low & wide, as if you were throwing a regular plate|
|Throw a foot ring|
|With a wooden rib, make a deep undercut - about a half-inch|
|Cut of plate from the bat with a twisty wire, but leave it on the bat. You can cut straight or not, depending on the pattern you want.|
|Place a second bat on the foot ring. Line up the pin holes to get the plate as close to the center of the second bat as you can.|
|Flip the plate between the two bats, like a clay sandwich|
Even if you are very careful, it will look like crap when it first comes off the bat. Don't worry! It's supposed to.
|See? Looks like crap.|
If you are really, really good, your plate might be done! Mine all needed trimming underneath after they'd dried to leatherhard.