I made a few espresso mugs for practice while I was up there but then started playing with the technique Marsha showed me in earnest when I got home. I've used this technique on several pieces but just recently posted a couple faceted mugs on Etsy.
Stop the wheel and make faint marks in the rim describing where you're going to make your cuts. You can simply touch the rim with a taught cut off wire or pin tool for this step.
I made a tool for faceting because I found myself cutting into the pot when I just tried using a cut off wire. I made the tool with an old guitar string and a cheese slicer. The guitar string gives the cuts some texture which I really like but I have to tighten the wire on occasion. I think I need a thicker wire.
To make the single facet you would carefully cut straight down from the rim of the piece to the foot then pull the extra clay away. You'll want to start the cut about half the thickness of the width of the cylinder wall and keep your hand really steady. After you make the first cut turn the wheel so the next section that you marked off is in front of you and cut again, the same way. For some reason I rarely cut through into the pot until the last cut. I guess I just have too much time on my hands. Anyway, don't be discouraged, it happens, just wedge up the clay and try again.
If you don't cut through the pot then take your chamois and go around the rim while spinning the wheel slowly, this will clean up that cut edge nicely and accentuate the curves.
The next post will be about how to make a double facet. Stay tuned.
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