Unboxing the Mini Pottery Wheel – Is it Worth the Investment?

Hi everyone! Today, I’m super excited to share my latest find—a small pottery wheel! I’ve been eagerly waiting for this beauty. Join me as we unbox and test it out together!

The Long-Awaited Arrival

I stumbled across this mini pottery wheel online a few months back and immediately knew I had to have it. Imagine my excitement as I finally get to open it up! It’s been a bit of a wait, but judging by what I’ve seen, the wait looks like it’s going to be totally worth it.

First Impressions: It’s Adorable

The first thing you notice when opening the box is a handy booklet that includes a “Beginner’s Guide to Miniature Throwing.” How cute and useful is that? Alongside it sits the small wheel itself, and oh my gosh, it’s just the cutest thing ever.

Carefully lifting it out of the box, I’m struck by how tiny it is. This is going to be an interesting experience for sure. Let’s see what else we have in the box.

“There’s something utterly charming about the miniature scale. It feels manageable and not at all intimidating,” I thought as I uncovered tiny bats that go with the mini wheel. Yes, they’re so small and just add to the overall appeal of this adorable piece of equipment.

Loving the Features

The design of the mini pottery wheel is something to marvel at. The feel of it is quite nice, not to mention it comes in a variety of colors. You can find it in black, red, purple, and yellow. I opted for a luscious shade that caught my eye immediately.

Another cool feature is that it’s actually made with a 3D printer. How neat is that! The craftsmanship is apparent, and I totally love the small symbol labeled on it.

Setting It Up

Now, to get to the more technical bits. This is the fiddly part since the cord is a bit short, so it might require an extension. Once everything is set up, I switch on the wheel, and it starts to spin. It has different speed settings—from slow to fast—which is really convenient depending on what you’re working on.

Speed Settings:

  • Low Speed: Good for gentle shaping and starting off.
  • High Speed: Perfect for more detailed work and thinning out the clay.

Getting Started: My First Attempt

So, onto the clay! I’ve decided to use a mix of white stoneware and porcelain for my first project. This mix is known for being soft and easy to work with, making it perfect for beginners. A small portion of clay is all I need to start practicing.

First, I center the clay on the wheel. It takes a bit of water to get it to settle down. Centering the clay is critical, and I’m learning that it isn’t as easy as it looks.

My first try isn’t perfect—smoothing out the clay and keeping it centered is challenging! It took a few tries, but practice makes perfect, right?

Tools vs. Fingers: Which Wins?

Working with both fingers and tools, I quickly discovered that both have their perks. Fingers give you more control for finer details, while tools can shape larger portions more effectively. It’s definitely a balance.

“My first impression is really positive. I clearly need to practice. If you’ve got any tips, leave them in the comments below.”

Final Thoughts

Unboxing and testing the mini pottery wheel has been an absolute joy. The craftsmanship, the cute factor, and the practical guide are all spot-on. Though it may take a bit of practice to get things perfect, that’s half the fun, isn’t it? I would say this nifty gadget is definitely worth the investment, especially if you’re a fan of crafting and trying new hobbies.

Until next time, happy crafting!