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Tool Talk Thursday Clay Cutter


Today our tool of choice is a Clay Cutter.  This is the kind of cutter used to cut that block of clay up into usable slices.I bag mine up into freezer bags so that I have a few ready when I go into the studio to work.  They stay moist in the baggies for a very long time.
 I have chosen the smaller model clay cutter since I work on a small scale.  The reason I have picked this cutter is that when I use the other kind of wire cutters, the string wire type, my slabs come out very irregular.  I wanted more consistent sizes so that they will work better in my new slab roller.  I will be featuring that tool at a later date.
The Bailey Clay Cutter, is the one I have and is pictured above.  It  works like a "cheese cutter" which means that slices will be uniform.  You can adjust this tool for thickness and make cuts up to 7-1/2 inches wide and 1/8"-6" deep by adjusting the distance between the pipe and the cutting wire.  The screws can be tightened to maintain the size you have chosen.
The other feature I like about this cutter is that it is big enough to find, even when your clay table gets messy!!!
Cost is about $15.00 at Bailey Pottery  There are many versions of this tool.  You can also find one at Big Ceramic Store.  for the same price.
What tool do you use to cut your clay?  We would love to hear from you.

6 comments:

  1. I love this tool. I have had mine for years. It is a get help for hand building as well.

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  2. thanks for sharing this great tool..i don't have one..yet
    but will by next week.

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  3. It's nice to hear about this. I've thought about getting one but just didn't know if it would be that much of an improvement over wire. But I do like the idea of even slabs!

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  4. Thank you for your comments. It is so helpful to hear from you. It lets others know so much about these tools. I am pleased that this one has peaked your interest.

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  5. Wow! I don't see you for long. You are really busy doing great work with your beads. Congraturation!

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  6. That one looks great I have not seen that type..... only wire

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