Friday, May 24, 2013

WORD ON THE STREET - COTTLE BOARD

A Cottle Board sounds like a new kind of skateboard or something. But it has nothing to do with an Ollie or Goofy Foot in actual fact it is a craft related term.  It's not a jewellery term, it is specific to ceramics and mould making for slip casting. I have been reading a bit on slip casting and mould making lately and came across the term. 

Cottle Boards are boards that encase the master pattern that you are making a mould out of. They are generally made from plywood or similar. The thing I like about them is that they can be reused over and over again and they can be adjusted to create moulds of various sizes. 

The great website Ceramics Arts Daily created a video on how to make cottle boards which I have included below. The video gives you a better idea of what they are and what they look like. I think that these boards would be great for mould making with silicon as well when making small objects and jewellery for resin casting. 

So, there's the word on the street dear reader, I hope you have a fabulous weekend. 


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