MS DIANE C HEANEY on mon 26 jan 98
I'm working on some casseroles and looking for suggestions in making
handles/lugs for them. I'm trying to get my hands on some recommended
books, but would appreciate any input or ideas on lugs. Many thanks.
Jennifer Boyer on tue 27 jan 98
One great way to make lugs is to THROW them. You throw a donut shaped ring
on a bat, similar to the way you make test tiles. If you thorw the ring to
the outside of a 12 inch bat it gives you about 5 sets of lugs. It's a
little hard to know what shape to make the wall of the donut until you have
done this once, but you leave a pretty thick amount of clay on the bat at
the base of the wall. This is the part that will be attached to the side of
the casserole. Run a wire under it and then let it dry for a little
while. Then put one slice in it, take it off the bat and lay it out
straight on a table, cut side down. Let it get soft leather hard. You are
now ready to cut it into lugs. You can either cut straight down to cut each
lug or cut each lug with slanted sides. This requires cutting each lug
bigger than you need and then going back and slicing the sides on an angle.
It helps to tap the cut side on a bucket or other curved surface to get it
rounded to match the casserole curve.
This is a side view of the lug as it would look in the bat. You can
imagine turning this picture on it's side and you would see the side view
of the casserole with the lug on it.
I have fewer cracking problems with these than with pulled lugs.
Hope all this makes sense to someone.
>I'm working on some casseroles and looking for suggestions in making
>handles/lugs for them. I'm trying to get my hands on some recommended
>books, but would appreciate any input or ideas on lugs. Many thanks.
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Montpelier, Vt. 05602