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Banding Wheel

Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:35 pm

For an easy way to make bands on plates etc...
There are two types:
regular banding wheels which come in different styles but basically look like this:

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To center the piece , you either eyeball it using the concentric rings embossed on the surface of the wheel or you can place the piece on the wheel and turn the wheel while gently tapping the edge of the piece until it is centered..
Once centered , you then stabilize your arm ( Propping your arm on a stack of books works well ) and then fully load a brush . While turning the banding wheel, you then lower the brush onto the piece and keep turning the wheel until you have formed a complete band.

There is another type of banding wheel called a self-centering banding wheel . They are expensive and now, difficult to find. It has a built-in arm rest and a heavier set of bearings but the most interesting feature is a set of fingers that come through the top of the wheel that can be adjusted to hold the piece in place. When you move one finger,all the fingers move at the same time allowing you to accurately center the piece with little effort.
They look like this:
selfbanding wheela9.jpg
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:50 pm

My contribution to the Letter of the Week (B) is the banding wheel. When I need to make a border, it is so easy to center the piece and 'band away'! Also, the banding tool, a simple, inexpensive 'thingy' with holes that lets you draw lines around the rim of something. Today I used it to draw a border on a square plate. I'm sure others will think of other uses!
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:51 pm

OK Lisa, NOW youve DONE IT !>.. I want to hear about how you did a band on a square plate with a banding wheel .... ;thumps;
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:42 pm

Hi Ladies,
You can center a piece on a turn wheel by slowly turning it and adjusting it as you go. It takes forever and that's why I bought the wheel! The wheel self centers the porcelain and away you go! I have found, however, that most of the porcelain I purchase from our suppliers is warped a little or a lot. I guess the best goes to the factories and we get the remains. In that case, a banding wheel will show you how warped the piece is and it's up to you to do the best you can! I sometimes 'fudge' an edge to make it work. A little bug or a cartouche will often solve the problem. Hope this helps.
By the way, Jill, I started a platter (a gift for a friend) with your study of what I call "Queen Anne's Lace"! I can't remember what you call it, but again, I thank you for the study!
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:26 pm

Along with Banding Wheel let me add the Book 'Designing with Bands for the Porcelain Artist.' by Mary Ellen Cross Haggerty. When I splurged and bought my banding wheel a number of years ago I also got this book and it's WONDERFUL!!! Not sure you can still get it but it's well worth the money!!
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby Jonathan » Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:03 am

Where can I buy a self-centering banding wheel?

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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:50 am

They are nearly impossible to find. They dont make them anymore... You have to luck into someone who has one that is willing to sell it.
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby Angela » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:11 pm

Could you use a giffin grip on a non motorized banding wheel? It is self centering.
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby marcib » Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Im not sure how it attaches to the wheel head ...( never seen the bottom of one ) so I dont know .
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Re: Banding Wheel

Postby greerdesign » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:19 pm

Does anyone have one of those self centering banding wheels for sale?
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