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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.

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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.

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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Announcing the all new Helen Breil polymer clay artist inspired jewelry shapes, ArtSpot stencils/template

No one can deny that polymer clay artist Helen Briell does impeccable work and if your a fan then hold on to your hats for this announcement.

all-new ArtSpot stencil sets…

Helen Breils ArtSpot Templates Set

Do you love Helen’s stamps, silkscreens, and tutorials? Well now you can enjoy the wonderful shapes and jewelry designs patterns Helen has created with ease. Announcing the Helen Breil inspired pendant stencils/templates. That right no more using paper cutouts that make it easy to slip and cut into that beautiful surface you just created. Each ArtSpot template set comes with 3 shapes marked both on the template frame and also on the inner piece to match Helen’s alphabet code used in her tutorials.

 

Unlike other template sets, these multipiece stencil sets come with the traditional outer frame but also the inside shape. These sets have 3 ways to use them.

1. You can use the frame you can cut out your design on the inside like traditional templates.

2. You can use the inside template to cut the inside piece allowing you to cut outward and not risk cutting into your finished piece saving you from potential disaster.

3. You can also use the frame to create wonderful custom hollow beads and pendants.

Helen was wonderful enough to give her approval of this set to make your life easier don’t forget to take one of Helen’s classes or tutorials today and be sure to check out her wonderful magnetic pendant tutorial where you will find her using these shapes and it’s one of my favorites.

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Pop on over to my shop and pick up your favorite Helen Breil ArtSpot templates or heck you can even get the whole HB collection. And while your there you can find all of your favorite Helen Breil textures, silkscreens to tickle all your polymer clay dreams.

Oh yes through the end of the month you get free shipping to the US when you spend 35.00 don’t miss out at Linda’s Art Spot