William Melstrom on thu 6 oct 11
Clayart Digest - 4 Oct 2011 to 5 Oct 2011 (#2011-276)I have created an =3D
instructional page on my site showing how to make an inexpensive vacuum =3D
hand suction device for picking up and glazing ceramics. Included is a =
brief 30-second video showing the vacuum hand in use, dipping 3 vases. I =
think that it is worth clicking on the link just to see the video. =3D
Robert Santerre on thu 6 oct 11
These are great instructions! I have the Axner/Laguna Glaze Hand (now appx=
13 years old). Works like a charm. Probably THE most useful tool in my
glaze room (with the exception of my hand drill stirrer).
I have two questions:
1. Do you have any idea about the longevity of the Harbor Freight vacuum
2. Do you have any idea about the vacuum strength of your DIY device? Wit=
the Axner/Laguna Glaze Hand I am able to pick-up and rotate vertically 180
degrees large bisqued bowls (16-18" diameter made with 10 lbs of clay).
These are pretty heavy pieces even at the bisqueware stage and admittedly a=
first I was very cautious about lifting and rotating such a piece, but
surprisingly (to me) the vacuum is strong enough to do this and it makes
glazing such pieces a much, much easier and cleaner task.
Again I can't praise the vacuum hand tool enough. If yours works as well
the Axner/Laguna device my hat's off to you and these instructions are a
real service to the clay community.
P.S. I hold no financial interest in the Axner/Laguna company.
Bob & Ginny Santerre
Arrowsic Island Pottery
344 Old Stage Road
Arrowsic, ME 04530
From: Clayart [mailto:Clayart@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of William
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 11:29 AM
Subject: Vacuum Hand, home-made
Clayart Digest - 4 Oct 2011 to 5 Oct 2011 (#2011-276)I have created an
instructional page on my site showing how to make an inexpensive vacuum han=
suction device for picking up and glazing ceramics. Included is a brief
30-second video showing the vacuum hand in use, dipping 3 vases. I think
that it is worth clicking on the link just to see the video. Thanks
Pottery by John on fri 7 oct 11
A question for any of you using a vacuum hand for glazing. Have you used it
in conjunction with glazing for single fired work? I am wondering if there
are any issues with the grip of the gasketed end with bone dry clay, or wit=
the vacuum pressure weakening the clay. If you use it for both bisque ware
and single fire ware, how does it compare in use?
Sandy Springs, Georgia