Friday, August 29, 2008

More on Warping

I seem to have the most difficulty with square shapes. For those I use a more drastic way of keeping the piece from warping. Using sock orphans in all sizes is a good way to rid your laundry room and be frugal at the same time. I take the socks and stuff a plastic grocery bag inside of them. Then I fill the bag with sand and tie a knot in the top. I drape a piece of tissue paper over the work before laying down the socks. You are seeing a women's ankle length in use on a small plate. Several men's tube socks work great when draped long ways on a platter. The only caution I would put out is that if you get too much weight on a piece, it can crack from being unable to move while shrinking.

This is the little plate prior to being "socked". I have found it wise to run a fingernail between the clay and the plastic wrap because the wrinkles in the plastic wrap can form the basis of a crack later if you don't loosen the edge of the clay from the wrap.

1 comment:

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

Great tips! I had one of those A-HA moments in reading this... I have socks filled with dried beans as weights. But I don't have the plastic bag "liner" in them like you describe. Duh! Every once in awhile, beans will drop through holes finally worn through these old stretched-out socks. Sometimes it amazes me how I don't see the obvious solutions to things!