Hank Murrow on tue 13 apr 04
I steam mine in the mouth of my teakettle to soften the curve to where
it needs to be. Then when you have the shape right, soften just the
ends and slip them into your lugs and draw down the keeper.
Works a treat,
Hank in Eugene
On Apr 13, 2004, at 5:47 PM, Lowell Barron wrote:
> Hi Everyone, I just made three teapots and now I need to know how to
> attach a purchased cane handle. The handles I have are the smallest
> size - 4 1/2 " I think and about 1/2 " too big. Can I soak it and bend
> it to fit or just how do I do this.
> I have only glazed the first of the teapots and am very pleased....
> the lid fits, the holes are open and it pours without a drip...Glory
> Now if I can figure out the handle I will have a gift for my
> daughter....I am heading out west to see her tomorrow but can always
> add it on out there.
Lowell Barron on tue 13 apr 04
Hi Everyone, I just made three teapots and now I need to know how to =
attach a purchased cane handle. The handles I have are the smallest size =
- 4 1/2 " I think and about 1/2 " too big. Can I soak it and bend it to =
fit or just how do I do this.=20
I have only glazed the first of the teapots and am very pleased.... the =
lid fits, the holes are open and it pours without a drip...Glory =
Now if I can figure out the handle I will have a gift for my =
daughter....I am heading out west to see her tomorrow but can always add =
it on out there.
Thanks as always for your help.
PS: The archives are full of handmade cane handles and there are lovely =
pictures this month in Pottery Making Illustrated - someday I would like =
to make a handle myself.
Jill Dieffenbach on wed 14 apr 04
Lowell Ann, If it is a cane handle soak the handle in warm water for 30 or 40
minutes till you can bend it easily and then you should not have any trouble
bending it to put it on. It is like all basket weaving materials just needs a
good soak to make it more pliable. Jill Dieffenbach
Cat Jarosz on wed 14 apr 04
it sure would be better to just get the 4" handle that will fit your teapot.
I am not sure if you can soak the handle in warm water with glycerine added
to make it more pliable so you can force it onto your teapot and if that will
look right or not. It may add extra stress to the knobs or then again it
may work great !! Maybe binding it after soaking to help set the shape ??
Just trying to brain storm with you this EARLY AM .. ps I was told to add
glycerine to the water as it will speed up the bendablity of the cane and this
helps with the fraying of cane left overnite in water.. The basket lady
said overnite is a NO NO and this should make it bendable in 2 hrs.. shrug...
Sheila Clennel has a very good video out on wrapping your own cane
handles. I believe there is an article in recent... yep march april 2004 CLAY TIMES
... Have not had time to read it yet but I assume its wonderful.. There
are a lot of different cane materials out there for use that are easier to
use than just the materials she uses in the videos and great for beginners but
I suppose you'd need to have access to a great store that sells the stuff
and just experiment like I did back in the early 80's .. Stuff that you can
work with macreme type knots.. In Asheville NC there is a store on Haywood
Street called Earth Guild. It sells everything you could ever want in reeds
and reed dyes ... and on staff they have very knowledgeable people.. offer
classes in basket making also... so if your ever in town great place to visit...
Ok I may be way off base with the above imfo. but this is a discussion list
RIGHT?? I dont think I am too off but I also am not an expert in cane
though I do dabble and have dabbled for 20 yrs off and on with them..
Cat exhausted Jarosz on last day of airbrushing the 3rd of a back to
back to back firing of the big gas kiln (12 hr job)... 4 months worth of work
and wwoooooooooooo hoooooooooooo spin on head that first load came out
glorious, maybe the best firing ever ... x fingers yesterdays is comparable, but I
wont find out till late tomorrow eve and I dont PEEK... Gotta pay the TAX
MAN big money..... >^..^< & V)"(V
thats cat and curly ( chicks with beards rule)
Lowell Ann Barron on fri 16 apr 04
Thanks to all who advised on the cane handle. I did get the handle bent and on and I am out west now visiting my daughter - she is delighted with the teapot....and so am I!
I will look into something more creative next time. Thanks again. Lowell Ann