Monday, September 2, 2013

Trimming Bat

My student and friend Ginette came to class one day with a great tool: a foam-rubber trimming bat. The "grippiness" of the foam saves time wadding, and allows you to trim without risking deformed rims. I made myself one:

First I cut a piece of foam rubber into a circle the size of one of my bats. I got the foam rubber at Jo-ann Fabrics; it's the sort of thing you'd use to fill out a sofa cushion.I used Gorilla Glue but I think almost any kind would work.

The bat is the sort that has pinholes.

Using a Sharpie marker, I drew concentric circles onto the foam, to help me get pieces

And Bob's your uncle! It really was much faster than my usual method of centering and trimming.


Chris said...

Hmmm. Fast & dirty. I'll have to give it a try...

Newfoundout Potter said...

Hi - I use use them as well, but use them thick as a central chuck - about 6" to trim large bowls with very uneven rims. To cut the foam I get the foam wet, then freeze it and then I can cut it easily with a knife.

Lori Buff said...

These are very helpful if you've got a decorative rim that is a bit uneven. I have found that using the foam from cone packs works well too. Taller pots are more stable with less foam and they give you that stuff free with every box of cones.