Amaco Brent Slab Rollers
brent® Slab Rollers are Classroom Sturdy!
Create beautiful, consistent slabs every time with this clay slab roller. Brent slab rollers save your energy, back, and time! Clay slab rollers are great for the serious slab builder!
Other Helpful Tips When Using Your Slab Roller
Purchase extra canvas covered shims and top canvas if:
- Using very wet clay
- Rolling slabs continuously
- Changing clay bodies (shims used for red clay, should not be used for white clay later)
- The shape of the clay placed on the roller bed will determine the
shape of the slab produced.
A Clay rectangle with the narrow end against the roller will produce a long, narrow slab.
Reduce the stress on the cables by angling the clay placed on the bed
against the roller. Limiting the height of the clay to 2 1/2-3 inches
will also reduce the stress on the cables.
Use smaller heavy canvases on slab roller bed.
Using a smaller heavy canvas will allow you to lift the clay slab without removing the shim.
Another way to handle clay slabs on heavy canvas is to place a board
under the canvas. Once the slab is rolled, lay newspaper on top of slab,
then place a second board the same size on top so the slab is
sandwiched between the boards. Take the two boards between your hands
and flip them over using enough pressure to keep the slab from moving.
Remove the now top board and peel off the canvas. Transport the slab to
your work area.
Different textures can be produced onto the slabs by using different
canvases, linens, or other cloths. The softer and thinner the material,
the more care will be needed to create a surface without wrinkles.
Create other textures by pressing flowers, leaves, screens, and other
found objects into the clay slab.