Last time I worked with bike parts, I ended up making a few "end caps." I could use these pieces to cover the open end of a bike part and add a little more visual interest, color and texture to that area of the sculpture. I made extras of these pieces, not knowing for sure if I would use them until after the piece was mostly completed.
|detail of "Big SRAM'" sculpture from last year.|
This time around I seem to have many pieces that might lend themselves to being embellished with similar end caps. I started making a few last time I threw. I measured the end caps to fit in sets of gears. I have quite a few sets of gears and the end caps could fit in them right side up, upside down or on the end of an extension sticking out of the gear stack.
|measuring the attachment size with calipers|
|throwing "off the hump"|
|measuring the attachment size|
|undercutting the piece off the hump|
|trimming a round shape|
|a wet end cap, too big to fit inside the gear stack|
After the end caps dry and are bisqued, I will layer underglazes and fire the pieces again. The end caps will be added to the sculptures relatively late in the process. Several end caps will be interchangeable so that I can eliminate pieces that shrink too much, aren't glazed well or just don't seem like the best option.
|various end caps|