Clay - strong or weak?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Firepower, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Firepower

    Firepower New Member

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    What do you think? Can clay replace wood in making slingshots? <br>
     
  2. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    What do you mean by" replace wood"? For the handle is ok i think, but not for the frame.
     

  3. Firepower

    Firepower New Member

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    By "replace wood", I mean the whole body of the slingshot. Clay does seem to be strong and seems to serve as a viable replacement for wood, especially when you can reinforce it. <br><br>Thanks anyway!
     
  4. Jan84

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    i think this will not work <br>clay does not stand the drag and torsion forces that come across a slingshotframe. <br>even if you would work with a solid core the clay would break under torsion because you can not get a good adhesion between core and clay<br><br>maybe cement could be strong enough if you would choose the right mixture and not attach so strong bands on the ss. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><br><br>
     
  5. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    The thing is, if you got a fork hit with a steel ball for exemple your fork will break and fly in small pieces everywhere including in your face maybe. Those pieces could cut you like glas pieces. It can be very dangerous.That' s what i think. If someone with more experience then me want to correct me if i am wrong... Personally, i will not trust it.<br>PS: Read my signature <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13">
     
  6. Clay is very brittle, and I do not recommend using it to make a slingshot. The only use clay has ever had with slings, crossbows and the like in history has been as ammo.
     
  7. JoergS

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    If you make a nice core from plywood (multiplex), aluminum or steel, you can put on clay to form the handle just fine.
     
  8. theslingshotboy

    theslingshotboy New Member

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    if you shape it with the tool you need to make steel balls it makes great ammo easily killed a squirrel
     
  9. Joerg is right, just make sure the core is solid.
     
  10. pasquale

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    Use the clay just for the grip or as ammo.
     
  11. Bert the Welder

    Bert the Welder New Member

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    I'm assuming you are meaning clay that has been fired, i.e. pottery. Like others have said, great eye shredder if you have a fork hit. For use as a handle, could be nice and very unique. Things to consider: Strength. I don't think you be able to form clay around a steel frame and fire it. Heat differential will make it crack/explode. Also, if you use a plywood frame and use the fired clay for handle scales, finding an adhesive that will bond clay to wood strong enough might be difficult. If you can get a glue that works, you'd have a cool designs option for sure! <br>I don't think anyone has mentioned, but some, including Joerg have made steel frames and molded Fimo around them for a custom fit. Looks cool when you swirl together a couple colors. Cement could be reenforced with fiberglass "chop" ( small strands of firberglass used as reinforcement in cold casting bronze) but molding this around a metal core is pretty frustrating( experience speaking here <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"> ). Cool idea though!
     
  12. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>theslingshotboy wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">if you shape it with the tool you need to make steel balls it makes great ammo easily killed a squirrel </td></tr>
    </table>
    <span class="postbody"><br>i do not understand this, i think you missed a comma</span>
     
  13. Firepower

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    Alrite then! Multiplex core, handle made of a layer of clay and clay ammo....thanks guys! Now I can start making the clayhammer slingshot.
     
  14. Bert the Welder

    Bert the Welder New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>onnod wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">
    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>theslingshotboy wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">if you shape it with the tool you need to make steel balls it makes great ammo easily killed a squirrel </td></tr>
    </table>
    <span class="postbody"><br>i do not understand this, i think you missed a comma</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>That's an understatement........</span>