So when i got home i ordered a set of small holds and started to think what to do with them.
I came up with the idea of making a set of mugs with climbing holds as the handles.
Step 1: Tools and Materials.
- Chisel (it doesn't have to be rusty like mine.)
- sander (i had a belt sander, i think that's best)
- An angle grinder would probably work well too (i don't have one.)
- Files and sand paper.
- Climbing holds (small)
- epoxy resin.
- screws or hex bolts
Step 2: Removing the Handles.
Hit it forcefully but not too hard.
The handle will either break off nearly all the way to the bottom or somewhere in the middle of the handle.
Then turn the mug over and strike the handle with the chisel again to remove the bottom section of the handle.
You may get some little bits left sticking out. You can try and remove it with the chisel until they are smaller.
Then get out your belt sander or angle grinder and remove the last little bits of the handle.
Be careful not to sand the glaze off the mug.
Step 3: Shaping the Holds
The climbing holds come flat (great for climbing walls, not so great for climbing mugs! ) so we need to curve the back side so it will match the curve of the mug.
I used the end of a belt sander (naturally curved) to carve out the curve in the back of the hold. (this gets very dusty and you really really need to wear a mask as anything that creates dust is not good for you!)
carve the holds until it matches the mug as closely as you can get.
Then wash the holds (and the mugs) so the dust gets cleaned away.
Leave the holds to dry completely, I left mine on a paper towel on top of a radiator for a few hours.
you know when they are dry when they turn back to the original colour.
Step 4: Attaching the Holds.
Take all the holds and arrange them on the mugs to cover up the handle marks.
Do this with out glue for the first time to make sure you work out where they fit best.
Once you know where your holds will go its time to start glueing.
Mix up a small amount of the epoxy glue. Its best to do it bit by bit as it gives you time to apply and place and tape with out you wasting glue as it might set before you get to glueing the second lot.
Mix a small amount of glue and apply it to the back of the hold and then place it on the mug. use some tape to hold the holds in place while the glue sets.
repeat this until all the holds are in place.
Leave them to set for the required time (it will say it on the glue package.