Fun with a Coffee Grinder

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I’ve been having am ongoing battle with coffee grinders.

 I’m on my 3rd one in less than a month.  I think I’ve finally found the secret to not killing them.

I’ve been using scrap.  Gather a pile of like colored scrap.  Now take your blade and chop this scrap into tiny pieces – no more than 2 or 3mm.  Take a tablespon or so of this chopped up clay and dump it in the grinder.  Grind for 5 seconds.  Drop in another tablespoon and repeat.  Do this 4 or 5 times.  Dump out the clay and start over til you’ve grinded all the chopped clay.  Compress the pile of clay bits into a log and you’ve got a pretty speckled log of clay.

Make speckled beads.  Sometimes it makes a pretty swirl bead.  Use it for the base under translucents.  Roll a slice thru the pasta machine a few times to create a striped sheet (fold the same way for each pass) or a marbled sheet (fold any which way you like).  Use the log instead of a solid color in a cane.

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Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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