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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 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.

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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.

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that was easy

Happy Claying,

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Making my shift as a crafter/artist

Its interesting I’ve been a crafter all my life and strived to change and grow into a “fine artist” in early 2000 I started studying fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture at the University of West GA. I attended part time often only able to take 1 class per semester.  I was at that time engaged and a single mother of a teenage daughter. With in the next 9 months I had become a newlywed, started a new  business in a very male dominated industry working ungodly hours, still a mother of a teenage girl, and the primary caregiver to a live in grandmother in-law with Alzheimers.  But through it all and with Chris at my side I continued studying and learning more about fine arts.  We even moved to a small university town making it easier on me to continue my studies. After several offers from national companies I decided to sell my business in 2008. Again with my best friend, hubby and (ex-coworker) Chris at my side we decided to take some time and travel the US by RV.

Our RV choice a Deluxe Lance truck Camper over a 4WD , Dodge 2500 Dully. We were ready for anything....?

Our RV choice a Deluxe Lance truck Camper over a 4WD , Dodge 2500 Dully. With a front hitch for our off road bicycles and rack. We were ready for anything….?

In the late 1990- to 2008 and prior to selling my home and business in 2008 to travel our beautiful country almost all of my art work was consumed with political and social public art. From paintings to sculpture I wanted to share what I was learning and my concerns about the direction that I felt we as Americans we were being lead astray.

I was painting about our alarming uses of natural  resources and about the destruction and the exploding debt ratio and what that burden of that debt would eventually mean to us as individual and our nation.                                    Little did I know  just how on target I was with that one it just came sooner than I expected it would

sculpture depicting my concerns of just what our food sources, especially the many GMO's were going to do to us and future generations????

Baby GMO Begging to ask what effects will GMO food have on us and future generating…

These are just a two pieces that are from that time.

Robbing Peter focusses on my concerns for our need to take from one natural resource like water, to produce a fuel source (Ethanol) that would be yet again controlled by big businesses. The cost of which I feel is too high.

Robbing Peter focusses on my concerns for our need to take from one natural resource like water, to produce a fuel source (Ethanol) that would be yet again controlled by big businesses. The cost of which I feel is too high.