Attaching Feet to Slumped Bowls
This is part two of a
multi-part series on attaching feet to slumped bowls. Click
here to go to part one.
Once you've prepared the marbles, it's time to
attach them to the bottom of your slumped bowl. Begin by
leveling your work surface. Then place the bowl upside down on
the level surface.
Place the three ground marbles on the
exposed underside of the upside down bowl, and set a small circle of
clear float (window) glass on top of the marbles. Using an omni-directional
level on top of the clear glass, move the marbles around until the
bowl is perfectly level. You may need a second person to help
hold the marbles and glass in place as you move the level.
Now put a piece of masking tape on the bowl
next to each marble, and draw a line with a felt tip pen down the
marble and onto the tape. Remove the float glass and the marbles and then, using
the tape and marker lines as guides, glue each marble individually
in place on the bottom of the bowl. Silicone glue works very
well for this purpose. For best results, allow the glue to
This approach will yield a bowl that is
perfectly level. However, since it places a premium on
achieving a level bowl the marbles may not be perfectly centered,
and the feet may be in a slightly different place from bowl to bowl.
Alternative approaches to adding
feet to slumped bowls will be discussed in future tips.
Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
Special thanks to Brock Craig
for helping with this tip.