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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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Making miniature polymer clay bowls.

You can make polymer clay bowls using a variety of forms like these mini bowl forms or these small and  medium bowls.

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

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Miniature bowl by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

I love making miniature polymer clay bowls and it seems I have tons of ideas and techniques I want to try.  Unfortunately, before I get to them I end up seeing another cane I want to use and I’m off again!

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

I’ve never taken the time to make a tutorial on how I make them but my process  was full of trial and error. When Carol Simmons finished making 26 tiny bowls using a lightbulb for a challenge, she was kind enough to post a tutorial on the process she uses.

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

Although the process she uses in not exactly the same as mine, it should get you started on ways to make your own mini bowls. Maybe one day I will get around to photoing my process using laminated sheets.

Here is a sampling of the bowls that Carol made for her challenge, aren’t they gorgeous!

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

Be sure to check out the process Carol  uses on Carols blog.

And as always you can find polymer clay tools and supplies or follow my blog at Linda’s Art Spot.

 

Happy Claying !