Tips on how to keep your polymer clay from sticking to your pasta machine

Do you wish you had three hands?  One to feed your polymer clay into the pasta machine to keep it from sticking to the rail and two that are busy cranking the machine and catching the clay as it feeds out the bottom? Wel,l maybe this little trick will help you a bit.  I just wish I remembe where I learned it!  It’s especially helpful on my Makins Clay machine because of the extra wide body and large skinner blends I like to make.

how to care for your pasta machine08012013012Apply a strip of 2″ painters tape or masking tape to the back rail cover.           Keeping it on the cover and as  close to the roller as possible.

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Smooth it on and over the bend of the rail cover to the back.

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Trim to fit.


View from the back.

This will help when you let go of the clay with your feeding hand and let the polymer clay slide easily over the rail and into the pasta machine without sticking and stretching out your clay. Now you can use that hand to catch.

Voila,!  It’s almost as good as having a third hand!


You can find this and other helpful tutorials at Linda’s Art Spot  Or check out my full line of wonderful polymer clay and craft supplies.

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Happy Claying,

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7 responses to “Tips on how to keep your polymer clay from sticking to your pasta machine

  1. Deborah Goodrow Goodrow

    I use Sculpey Softener all the time on REALLY crumbly dry clay, let it soak into the crumbles, then flatten it and run it through the PM. Never had a problem. I have also used Mix Quick, and LOVE using Sculpey Mold Maker and Conditioner when the clay is just a -bit- too stiff. But if it’s really dry, I believe the Softener works great. Occasionally if just putting drops on sheets of dry clay, and folding them into the PM, I will get some Softener leakage, but eventually it becomes part of the clay the more I run the sheet through.

    • Thanks Deborah for sharing. One of the best thing about working with polymer clay is there are so many ways to skin a cat so to speak. I love hearing different ideas about what works for everyone. You never know what someone may find helpful.

  2. how to you stop clay from sticking to the rollers? Linda

    • Your clay is sticking to the rollers HUM. The only time I had that issue was when I used the sculpey clay conditioner to help soften some older hard clay it made a huge sticky mess, I only use the Quick Mix conditioner now.

      What kind of clay, and pasta machine are you using?
      Is the clay tacky prior to putting it in the pasta machine?
      Are you adding anything to the clay?

      • I’m using the motorized pasta machine. (name?) Sometimes I add one of the liquids to it to spften it. That may be the reason?

        • I also now use a motorized pasta machine now. My best guess is that it is the liquid clay you are using. I have tired that and other liquid clay softeners and really hated the mess thats when someone told me about Mix Quick. I love it and no more sticky rollers, hands or mess. Hope this helps!

  3. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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