Blowing Grass Purse by katheen dustin
If you work in polymer clay I bet you’ve made a skinner blend or at least heard of it. The skinner blend is the backbone of so many other techniques and you can see it’s influence in work the of artist from all around the world like Kathleen Dustin, Lindly Haunani, and Donna Kato to name just a few.
Split Pod Pendant by donna kato
This technique has allowed polymer clay color blending to rise to wonderful heights. I bet you wondered who came up with this technique, I bet you thought that they must have been doing clay work forever when they came up with technique.
Quilt block Inspirations by Lindly Haunani
Guess what you’d be wrong Judith had only been working with polymer clay for just over a year when she created the Skinner blend.
Watch this interview with Judith.
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.
Apply 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
smooth it on and over the bend of the rail cover to the back
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.
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
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