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6 ways to use your mini mister a great little tool for artist and crafters alike.

Did you know that this simple #MINI MISTER is a super tool to keep in your art supply stash?

So do you have this or have you seen this simple mini mister and wondered now what can I do with this little thing? I bought my first one years ago and it sat in my art stash untouched for years.

imagesThen one day when trying to create a tiny “#splash”of color on a project this little guy popped in my head. I mixed a bit of acrylic paint and watered to thin and started squirting. Next thing I knew I had to order more.

Now I have a little arsenal of #mini spritzers ready and filled to help me at the push of the pump. LOL

A few more Ways to use your MINI SPRITZER 

It’s perfect to use with water or your favorite craft mediums for interesting techniques. How about fill them with water and water-based products–dye inks, reinkers, resist inks, #rubber stamp cleaners.

Perfect for carrying them to crops, art retreats, clay days, or just taking up a lot less space on you already full work surface.

#Polymer Clay artist can fill this fine mist spray bottle with water or other releasing agents like “armor all” and spray it on rubber stamps and texture plates for use as a release agent. Use it for keeping metal clay moist while working.

How about adding a stippled effect on polymer clay cured or uncured, paper or other mixed mediums. You can fill it with diluted acrylic paints to create a stippled effect.

I have one that holds my blending solution and extender solution so when I am working with #alcohol inks. I can add a light mist to my project to help me control the flow of the ink without over-saturating the project.

Let me count the ways….                                                                                                      I have several of these labeled and on hand for all sorts of projects.                       So just open your mind and think of the many ways you can entice your mini spritzer to help you create!

 

You can find these and many other specialty tools and other polymer clay-friendly supplies at Linda’s Art Spot.

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 while the other two are busy cranking the machine and catching the clay as it feeds out the bottom. Well maybe this little trick will help you a bit. I just wish I remembered 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.

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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.

Wa-la 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.

that was easy

that was easy

Happy Claying,

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