How To Bring A Professional Finish To Your Work
During this insecure time, we figured we would talk about something that made us feel secure as artists; workmanship and creativity. We’re really motivated to make stuff right now, but here at Kiln Frog we are all about the finish of our projects. A good finish will take your piece of glass, pottery or blade from “Oh yeah, that’s nice” to “Wow, that’s freaking amazing!”
Just like a lot of you, we’ve had some of extra time on our hands to get some long overdue projects finished. This past weekend Paul finished the lip of a gorgeous bowl on his new flat lap grinder. It was a great bowl, but it just needed that professional finish to take it over the top.
Here is the before and after. That ugly, lumpy edge finally is gone!
This project got us thinking. Whether it’s finishing the lip of a glass bowl, smoothing out the bottom of a thrown pot, or putting a razor-sharp edge with a mirror shine on a blade, grinding and polishing is something we all do. Coldworking is what really finishes off a piece, but we often don’t have the time necessary to give our work that last little bit of polish.
Well, now a lot of us do have that time. Coldworking takes patience and practice, and it can’t be rushed, but the right tools really help to get the work done well.
We know that sometimes what you really want and what you can really afford are two different things, so we thought we’d give you an idea of some different options that are out there to get a super finish on your work.