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« on: July 22, 2006 05:24:15 AM »

Well i just made a few doughnuts but when i make the hole in the middle its really messy.
And half the time my doughnut went all weird shaped.
I am just using a pen.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent it?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2006 09:34:53 AM »

I use a wooden skewer with a tapered end. Lay the clay flat and poke your hole, then flip it over and repeat. This should clear out the middle. The doughnut should stay round if you poke though on both sides.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2006 11:12:13 AM »

Ahh thanks Smiley
I dont have one of those what about a needle?
Should that work?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2006 09:01:57 PM »

Well, a doughnut has a rather large hole, so I don't think a needle would do the job. If you have a bead reamer, you can try that.
Try to find something like a stick, anything round with a small diameter. Or I guess you can roll out a skinny log of clay, make the end pointed, bake, and use that for your holes. 
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 06:40:07 AM »

You could also try letting the clay rest and cool for a while before making the hole - either let it sit for a while while you do other things, or pop it into the freezer for a couple of minutes.  The warmer the clay is, and the longer you have been working it, the easier it is to distort. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007 09:40:19 PM »

I think it's easier to roll the clay into the thickness that you want the doughnut to be and then make a ring shape from that as opposed to making a circle/mound of "dough" and pushing a hole through it. It comes out a lot neater.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007 08:48:37 AM »

You could poke in the needle and move it in a circular motion.  Your best bet would be a skewer or a knitting needle, though.

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