Saturday, January 9, 2010

get a handle on it!

The teapot is coming along nicely. The concept has changed, evolved, a little with the working of the metal. It's roughly the size of a large grapefruit, The body of the form is raised, hammer texture. It has a lid! Which means it has a lip to fit the lid. There's a knob on the lid for removing the lid. The lid snaps into position, I couldn't be prouder. I'm easily amused. It has a forged handle. Bit of whimsy and a bit of function combined. The fold formed spout is assembled but not attached as of yet. Here comes a fun part, something I hadn't expected to do.
Teapots frequently have two handles. One handle for pouring and another handle for lifting. The handle for lifting goes on the top, the pouring one on the side. Well that lifting handle can get hot.. in other words it needs to be a form that will have enough structure to function as well as have the ability to dissipate heat. This caused a bit of pondering here at the bench. The solution has required learning something new. for me. Viking knit solves the problem. Of course this has meant building a few more parts than I had at first considered. Photos soon as I get it together. I do have a handle on it.

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