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« on: September 20, 2006 06:58:19 AM »

The Michaels stores here have just started carrying the new Makins Clay tools - pasta machine with Teflon-coated rollers, clay extruder with a crank to work it - they're not cheap, but I'm told they're worth the expense for the effort they save you.  Check it out!
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 08:39:24 AM »

I'd heard that the Makin's machine leaves a fine grain patterning on mica clay sheets put through its rollers.  If anyone buys one, would you tell me if that's still true? 

(I think also they redid this machine, after putting it out online previously, because of some problems it had ... can't remember which they were now... if so, this would be their "final" version of the machine, I assume)


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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006 07:59:39 PM »

There are very mixed reviews on the second release of the Makins Ultimate Clay machine (you can see some recent discussion on this in Polymerclaycentral.com's discussion forum.

That said, their professional extruder gun is very good, as are their texture sheets and cutters.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2006 09:43:22 AM »

Thanks, PenguinTrax!

For everyone else, here's the exact thread at PolymerClayCentral's message board for prob. the last discussion on the new version of the machine, and a good summary of possible problems and what one might do about them, if anyone's interested:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/polymerclay/messages/?msg=48775.1
And the previous discussion is worth reading too... just found it:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/polymerclay/messages?msg=48705.1
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Basically, I guess the new plastic scraper blades (which were put in to avoid the burs that were occuring on the original metal scrapers) may get distorted with the friction of turning the handle quickly and leave marks on the clay, esp. at thinner settings?

Some people report that the machine "settles down" after using it a while, but it may be necessary to run several pieces through to get a sheet without ripples... not quite sure what's being said.

Here's a report from Jeanie Havel though on discovering if this is what's wrong with your particular model:

(look under the machine at the) dark plastic strips inserted in metal tracks below, and right against the rollers -- your eye should be able to follow a straight line along the scraper blades from one end of the machine to the other.
Now turn the machine up on its end with the knob end up and look at the scraper blades now. What do you see? On my machine, I could not see a straight line. One of the plastic scraper blades was definitely set into the metal track differently from the other.
I kept the machine on its side and rolled a piece of clay through the #1 (widest) setting exactly in the middle of the machine. As the clay came through the rollers, I watched as that crooked scraper blade caught the edge of the clay just enough to make a pleat or ripple.

I put the machine back together and to prove my point before I wrote my report, I ran a LOT of clay through at progressively thinner settings - #1, #3, #5, #7, #9. The first 5 or 6 pieces rippled. The next pieces rippled less, until finally, I ran the most beautiful sheet of red clay through the machine at each of the five settings ending with #9 . . .


She says that if not satisfied with the machine (after using it a while?), you can take it back to the store where it was purchased, or contact her to return it to the company.

They probably will be coming out with yet another version though that addresses this issue.

P.S.  Another thing that's mentioned is that the rollers are not "Teflon" -coated... Teflon a brand name for a non-stick surface (like "Kleenex" is for tissues) and they didn't use that particular brand for their non-stick surface   Wink


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