May 2010 Archives
The tile press.
The die- 4" x 4"
A ball of low fire white clay (cone 03-04). Roughly 10 onces
Beginning to press (manual)
Switch to turn on the air which comes through small holes in the die to release the clay, refraining it from being stuck.
Bottom die releases first, when the press is still complete
Because the bottom is released it is now stuck to the top.
Once you turn the air to the top die, it then falls gently with out damaging the perfectly smooth surface.
After the press is complete, the clay now looks like this.
By using a exacto knife you carefully trim up the edges that are half way pressed in.
A single completed tile.
Multiple, top and bottom.
Next, placed into the kiln.