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« on: August 12, 2006 10:56:24 PM »



Welcome to my studio, lol well I wish I had a studio.  This is a wooden TV tray that is perfect workspace for playing with polymer clay.  You can see my pasta machine, cutters, liquid sculpey, blades, and other various tools. 

This palm tree was a request from my daughter, she needed matching earrings for her palm tree summer outfit.  SHE drew me a pic (just like this) and I thought "I CAN DO THAT!!!"

Materials needed:

-Pasta Machine (not necessary, but easier.  Hand roller could also work.)
-Clay blade (sharp tissue blade)
-Xacto knife
-1 1/2" square cutter (or use a square paper template)
-Acrylic Roller
-Very small amount of liquid sculpey (liquid clay)
-Figure 8 shaped wire (I bend with 20 gauge craft wire and round needle nose plyers.)
-Green, Yellow and Brown polymer clay (very little) 
-Ruler

Condition your clay until it is smooth and does not crack or flake when a snake of it is folded over....Knead, roll and twist with hands, or use a pasta machine (opening thickness does not matter, but do not trap air by putting folded sheets in with the fold at the top)  My machine is an Amaco, 7 being the thickest setting, 1 being the thinest.

I am starting with the palm fronds of tree with a skinner blend.

I rolled clay on the thickest setting.  I use square cutter.

I cut clay diagonally and stack the cut pieces to make double thickness.


I placed the pieces side by side off set a bit, then cut the tips to square it.  This also insures that all green and all yellow will show on ends.

Now through the pasta machine we go, with both colors touching the rollers, on the thickest setting, roll through.

Fold in half, and roll through again starting with the folded side (this prevents air bubbles).

5 times through

I go with the flow, lost count of how many times, not important.  Just know that I have kept my thickness at the thickest every time I fold and roll.  As you can see, with this pasta machine my blend is getting shorter and shorter, I quit rolling when it is no longer large enough to fold without messing up the blend.

To thin and elongate my blend, I then move my thickness down to 6, rotate blend this time and DO NOT FOLD.  Roll through, does not matter what color first, but must be a sold color side.

I set setting thinner again and roll, then set lower again and roll, and when you get to a 4 thickness this is what you have.

I cut the ends to clean them up before rolling.

I roll that yellow piece that I cut off end into a log that is the width of blend.

Put that snake you rolled right on top of yellow edge.  I do this before I roll, for it helps reduce any air bubbles.

Rolling, rolling....

Now cut off the ends. 
 
Now it is time to do the trunk of palm tree.  I used remainder of yellow clay and mixed pea size brown to make a "dirty yellow".  (mix very well, I use pasta machine to blend colors a little faster)

Form your dirty yellow into a log.  Roll the brown clay through pasta machine till #4 thickness (or 1/16").  Cut one short end so you will have a straight edge.  Put the yellow log on the sheet of brown, and trim the brown sheet to same length of log on both sides before rolling.

Roll the log to wrap it with the brown sheet...overwrap the sheet a little, then roll it back and observe a line that formed right where you will need to cut so the edges will butt (but not over lap).  Press the butted edges together well (they will stretch a little if necessary).

Ok we are getting there.  This cane is starting at 1 1/4 inches long.  Now we need to reduce this to 8 inches long.

To reduce, you roll and roll and pull slightly.  Over and over.  With both hands starting in middle of cane, roll from center moving your hands farther apart as you roll to ends.  Over and over. When reaching a little over 8 inches long slice your ends off.  With ruler lying vertically against cane, you mark small cuts every inch, then following marks, cut your cane to 8 pieces.


Slightly smash your logs, then stack them like shown.


Now I roll my acrylic roller over each side of the stack, rotating the new cane with each pass so it will be an even thickness.  I pick up cane and stretch slightly.

Continue to make the cane longer by rolling and rotating till the pattern is as small as you need to match the frond cane.  Cut off ends of cane to square them neatly. 

Before slicing the canes, especially if your clay is really soft, stiffen them a little by letting them sit awhile or by placing in refrigerator a few minutes.  Cut 1/8"thick slice from trunk cane and four 1/8 inch slices from palm frond cane.

Pinch one end of each palm slice to curl it.

Place palm canes on top first, notice how they are opposite from each other. 

Place the bottom palms touching trunk and upper palms.  Lightly press together, this Kato clay cane slices stick pretty well on their own.  Especially after you add the coconuts.
Roll some tiny brown coconuts.  Press lightly onto palms and trunk.

  The coconuts give added security to holding the cane pieces together.  Wow he is ready for the sun or maybe a hammock?  NO, time to add eye loop.

Using straight edged craft knife, center in middle of canes and push straight down slightly, for not a large slit is needed to slip loop in.  A drop of liquid sculpey in one eye.

Using needle nose plyers to help slide the wire liquid sculpey end into slit.  I smooth slit closed with side of needle by rolling up and down palms.  I baked him 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  Voila!!
« Last Edit: November 06, 2008 12:13:54 AM by beadizzygrl - Reason: Repairing broken links from DEAD hometown aol (RIP) :0( » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2006 10:40:11 AM »

Wow - those are so cool! And your tut is so detailed, I think maybe I could make one. Great job and thanks Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2006 02:31:16 PM »

Great tut!!!!

IF ANYONE HAS TROUBLE GETTING ANY OF THE PAGES OF THE TUT,
 just change the "page number" in the URL for each page you need but can't get:

page 1 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page30.html
page 2 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page73.html
page 3 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page74.html
page 4 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page75.html
page 5 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page76.html
page 6 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page77.html
page 7 = http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page78.html





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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006 07:58:03 AM »

Fantastic tutorial!!! Thanks for taking the time!!!

And the palm trees are stunning!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006 11:24:09 AM »

Thank you very much Kaleesi, DianeB, and Quacker Jacks!!!  I plan on doing more tutorials soon.  I have alot so share!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2006 05:12:39 AM »

You are QUEEN TUTORIAL ("QT" for short) !!!

Loving it!

Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2006 05:30:29 PM »

You are QUEEN TUTORIAL ("QT" for short) !!!

Loving it!

Smiley

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Thanks very much crazydoc, should I do some more tutorials?  I have alot to share.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2006 05:10:04 AM »

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Cripes yes, girl! If you've got any more tutorials to share, I'll be the first in line to print out and give them a whirl !! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2006 10:47:38 AM »

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Definitely!!  Grin 

Maybe folks should even go to your website, then put in some suggestions here for what kind of thing they'd like to see first? <EG>




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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2006 01:52:30 PM »

I can do that Diane B.  I have a large site with all my crafts in it, but I tried to divide it by having a polymer clay index page.  You will see my first works with using sculpey clay without a pasta machine.  Then I learned some caning techniques and graduated to Kato brand and my new best friend, my pasta machine lol!!  Comments very welcome, and state which creations of mine you would like a tutorial on. 



http://hometown.aol.com/fourleafcl1064/page41.html
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2006 08:46:10 AM »

Certainly make more tutorials.  As I see them, I will add them to a sticky post (that I have yet to make) so we will have an awesome tutorial resource.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2006 02:17:13 PM »

thats cool!
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2006 06:29:53 PM »

Those are perfect!  Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2006 09:45:54 PM »

Thanks for lots of good hints, like rolling a fine tube for the center of your roll.
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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2006 03:22:49 PM »

Just Amazing!   Shocked
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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2006 02:28:56 PM »

aww i love them, i never thought of useing a pasta machine thing to roll out my clay, it tends to stik to the roller, i just wanted to add that i have that table lol - small world
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Unbrolly, you might want to check this page for how to use a pasta machine (and have the clay not stick to it)... or to use other kinds of rollers to get flat sheets if you'd rather go that route:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm


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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2006 02:21:35 PM »

I have used sculpey III, Kato, and premo brand clays in my pasta machine, and have not had any trouble with it sticking too bad.  It does build up a little, I just run some baby wipes thru it and it wipes off well enough for changing colors and such.  I find Kato less sticky than the others.
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2006 02:58:47 PM »

Those are adorable!!
It really makes me want to buy a pasta machine and start to get into this kind of craft stuff.
I think I Just might... Smiley
Where do you get "pasta machines" ?
This whole thing is new to moi.
But I saw a little thing on HGTV about a Lady taht makes a bunch of little sculptures and etc, so cute1 Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2006 08:10:09 PM »

Pixiedancer, My mother in law bought mine (xmas present) from local craft store called Hobby Lobby in the modeling and polymer clay section.  I have also seen them at Ben Franklins.  Only $20-$25.  I bet you could find them on line also.
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« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2006 11:38:03 AM »

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Pixiedancer,

There are various places to get pasta machines, and they come in different sizes and degree of quality, etc.  Your best and quickest bet (if you don't have a relative with an old one they don't want) is to get an Amaco brand from Michaels... they're normally around $25 but Michaels also has a 40% off bi-weekly coupon in the paper that brings that down to about $15.

The Amaco is not an Italian-made machine so is not as sturdy and smooth handling as an Atlas or other Italian-made brands, but fine for general use if they're not stressed too much.  You can always move up to a more expensive one if you get into clay a lot.  (btw, there's another, brand new pasta machine now available at Michaels for more money, but it still has a few bugs to work out so I'd go for the Amaco for now).

There's much more info on the types and brands of pasta machines, as well as where to buy or order them, how to not overstress them, how to clean them, and things you can do with one, etc., on this page of my site if you want to check it out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm


HTH,

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« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2006 11:43:02 AM »

This necklace is so cute, and your tute is amazing! I think I can fianlly accomplish something with clay now. Smiley
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Where do you get "pasta machines" ?

Pixiedancer,

There are various places to get pasta machines, and they come in different sizes and degree of quality, etc.  Your best and quickest bet (if you don't have a relative with an old one they don't want) is to get an Amaco brand from Michaels... they're normally around $25 but Michaels also has a 40% off bi-weekly coupon in the paper that brings that down to about $15.

The Amaco is not an Italian-made machine so is not as sturdy and smooth handling as an Atlas or other Italian-made brands, but fine for general use if they're not stressed too much.  You can always move up to a more expensive one if you get into clay a lot.  (btw, there's another, brand new pasta machine now available at Michaels for more money, but it still has a few bugs to work out so I'd go for the Amaco for now).

There's much more info on the types and brands of pasta machines, as well as where to buy or order them, how to not overstress them, how to clean them, and things you can do with one, etc., on this page of my site if you want to check it out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm


HTH,

Diane B.



LOL! I use to work at a Michael's.
I feel so dumb! I figured a place like that would have it.
But I'm never sure.
You can always find craft tools in the randomness of places.
But thank you!
I'll have to look into buying one.
I went out and got some colored sculpey last night..
It's alot harder to work with then it looks!
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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2006 04:13:45 PM »

That palm tree is really cute! I can't believe your daughter drew that.
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