The bevel cutting tool for hand building and clay tile artists
AccuAngle is a one-step cutting and beveling tool for clay artists. No
matter the level of your hand building skills, AccuAngle can help you
increase the quality of your work while making the job easier and
quicker. With 11 preset angles you can create basic geometric shapes
from the 3-sided equilateral triangle to the 12-sided dodecagon.
This bevel edge cutter has a 90-degree angle included for squaring edges.
The AccuAngle ruler is
scaled in inches and includes a convenient centering scale.
Comes in 2 sizes : 16" or 32". We also offer the replacement slider !
AccuAngle is designed to use with any long needle tool. The holes in
the sliding cutter are preset at specific angles. The lowest hole #3
cuts a 30 degree angle. See the list below for other angle options.
With the ruler resting on top of the
clay slab insert the sliding cutter into the ruler. Position the sliding
cutter just beyond the edge of the slab.
Insert the needle tool into the desired angle hole and allow the tip of the AccuAngle Clay Cutting tool to rest lightly on the cutting surface.
Grasp the cutting slider at either end
using the thumb and index finger. Pull the cutting slider toward you.
(If the slider does not pull easily then lift the needle tool slightly
so that the tip of the needle does not dig into the cutting surface)
The resulting bevel cut is clean and straight. Bevels can be cut from the finished /exterior side of the clay slab or from the unfinished / interior side. AccuAngle also makes it possible to cut beveled openings on the interior of a clay slab. With the help of a heavy paper or cardboard template AccuAngle can cut beveled curves on
the interior or the outside edges of a slab. The sliding cutter is
removed from the ruler and placed on the surface of the template. Insert
the needle tool at the desired angle. Keep the needle tool pulled tight
to the edge of the template and pull along the template edge.
The AccuAngle makes reinforcing seams
easy. Opposing 45 degree angles creates a perfect 90 degree reinforcing
strip for the rectangular corner. (see below)
One of my favorite uses of the AccuAngle
is to create blind seams by cutting partial bevels on the unfinished
side of the clay. This allows me to make a folded seam without
disturbing the textured surface on the finished side of the slab.
First I cut a 90 degree along the base.
The next step is setting up the needle
tool so that it only cuts about two thirds of the way through the slab.
This can be done by using a piece of tape as a "stop" to limit how far
the needle tool extends from the sliding cutter. An eight of an inch
slice from a wine bottle cork is also a good stop material and more
easily adjustable than tape.
Flip the textured slab over and define
the vertical seams of the object. Cut a "v" groove centered on the seam
line by cutting bevels in both directions. In the photo below 30 degree
angles were cut on either side of the seam line.
The "v" grooves are scored, brushed with
slip and the slab is folded. This leaves the textured surface in tact
with little or no touch up from stretching.
The finished product.
#3 - 30 degree angle creates an equilateral triangle
#4 - 45 degree angle creates a rectangle #5 - 54 degree angle creates a pentagon #6 - 60 degree angle creates a hexagon #7 - 64.2 degree angle creates a heptagon #8 - 67.5 degree angle creates an octagon #9 - 70 degree angle creates a nonagon #10 - 72 degree angle creates a decagon #11 - 73.6 degree angle creates hendecagon #12 - 75 degree angle creates a dodecagon The un-numbered hole nearest the rulers edge is a 90 degree angle
AccuAngle Clay Bevel Edge Cutting Tool
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