Tool Technique Videos
From the novice enthusiast to the most experienced artisan, there’s rarely a person who knows everything about creating ceramics. Practicing using the tools of the trade is a great way to improve your technique and to get your pottery piece as close to perfect as possible.
In addition to the suggested uses on each product page, we’ve compiled some handy tips for using DiamondCore® Tools. Check out the tips below, and see if the accompanying videos explain more than you might have considered.
Fine Point Carving Tools
DiamondCore® Tools is thrilled to announce our latest product addition: the FP series, aka, our Fine Point Carving Tools! We’ve revamped our three original fine point clay carvers and added six additional stainless-steel blade shapes to choose from, allowing you even more options when adding precise details to your ceramic creations.
Want to see each carving tool in action? Check out this video putting the FP1 through FP9 to great use creating a nature scene. We’ll have more videos of each tool individually (and their best uses) in the coming weeks.
Handheld Clay Extruders
Our Handheld Clay Extruders are perfect for creating fast, consistent handles and feet for your ceramic pieces. Keep these techniques in mind when it’s time to add those amazing final touches:
- Start with fresh clay that isn’t too sticky; let it sit out for 10 to 20 minutes. Use a flat slab of clay deeper than the handle you want to make.
- Make sure your tool is clean without any debris around the blade.
- Pull the extruder tool toward you with even, gentle pressure at about a 45-degree angle. Pulling up at the very end may help create a “tab.” Too steep of an angle will press the extrusion back down, making it adhere again to the slab.
- Guide the blade with a forefinger on the wood handle. Don’t use your thumb to pull the tool, which may push the extrusion back into the clay.
- If the extrusions are too close together, sometimes a thin ribbon will cling to the sides. If that occurs, rub the ribbons back down into the slab before lifting the extrusion. (The ribbons can also be wiped off carefully with a damp sponge.)
- One way to release a sticky extrusion is to lift the slab and let both sides of the slab drop down, like a hinge folding outward. The extrusion should separate more easily.
More videos to come!
Keep watching this page as we update it with more instructional videos from the DiamondCore® Tools team. Do you have any tips that work for you that we should add? Is there a video of a specific tool you’d like to see us make? Send us an email to email@example.com or contact us on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram!