I’ve relied on a variety of ready-made handles foryears, but I admit to feeling a tad guilty when I don’tmake the handles myself. After all, I spent a great dealof creative energy on the body of the teapot only toclip-on a ready-made handle at the end. The resultslooked ﬁne, but I didn’t feel ﬁne. I created a uniquecustom teapot and used a generic handle.The answer came through a mix of family andfriends. My mother weaves baskets and wove severalwonderful handles from willows. As nice as these han-dles looked, they didn’t reﬂect the tightly controlledaesthetic I wanted for my teapots. A fellow weaversuggested using the ready-made cane handles and add-ing some innovative cane wrapping. This approach re-sulted in a reﬁned, sturdy handle that functioned welland could be customized for each teapot.
Attach the Handle
To begin, attach the cane handle. First, dip the endsof the cane handle in boiling water for a minute to soft-en the cane. Bend open the ﬂange ends and slip throughthe ceramic loops of the teapot. Bend the ﬂange backinto place against the handle and secure tightly withthe woven cane loops. Set aside to dry.When dry, cut and remove the woven loops and dis-card. Check the ﬁt where the cane ﬂange meets thecane handle. This transition at this juncture needs to besmooth; no bumps where the two pieces of cane cometogether. You’ll be wrapping the cane over this area infuture steps and any misaligned joints will show. If thereare bumps, sand the transition smooth. Once satisﬁedwith the dry ﬁt, apply the Insta-cure gap-ﬁlling cya-noacrylate adhesive and press together. There should
Glued and sandedcane handle.Insert cane through canehandle opening.
Begin wrapping coils aroundcane tip.Cane tip secured withwrapped coils.
•Ready-made cane handle•6-foot length of common cane, 1 mm.•1-foot length of ﬂat oval colored reed•Bottle of Insta-cure, gap-ﬁlling, cyanoacrylate adhesive (Super Glue)•Bottle of Insta-set, rapid-curing accelerant•Scissors and hobby knife•Basin of water approximately 8–9inches in diameter to soak the cane
Align the colored reed ahead ofnext coils.