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« on: October 04, 2008 06:54:05 PM »


I'm I the only one that has problems with getting MORE bubbles in the polymer clay if I use a pasta machine to condition it.I have heard that rearing the clay and then stacking it on top of itself helps to reduce bubbles instead of folding it on itself when rolling it through.
Anybody have any other tips I can try.At times if I'm making a medium size doll it's to much to condition by hand and not enough to have to fight with conditioning it in a food processor,so the pasta machines is a big help to make it pliable it's just the fact it makes so many bubbles makes me crazy.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2008 11:23:11 AM »

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I have heard that rearing the clay and then stacking it on top of itself helps to reduce bubbles instead of folding it on itself when rolling it through  . . . Anybody have any other tips I can try. . .

First, not sure what you mean by "rearing" the clay... did you mean tearing perhaps, or something else? 

The most common way of putting clay through a pasta machine repeatedly to avoid incorporating air is to fold the clay over, then put it through from the fold side (or from either side, but not from the two stacked ends side which would all trap air inside the fold). 
Just doing that will help a lot, but there are other things you can do as well when conditioning to avoid getting bubbles (and also to avoid getting moisture into the clay when conditioning, which can also be a problem). 

Check out this page for lots of those tips:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008 04:10:38 PM »

Oops it was a typo I did mean tearing.Thanks for the link I'll check it out.


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I have heard that rearing the clay and then stacking it on top of itself helps to reduce bubbles instead of folding it on itself when rolling it through  . . . Anybody have any other tips I can try. . .

First, not sure what you mean by "rearing" the clay... did you mean tearing perhaps, or something else? 

The most common way of putting clay through a pasta machine repeatedly to avoid incorporating air is to fold the clay over, then put it through from the fold side (or from either side, but not from the two stacked ends side which would all trap air inside the fold). 
Just doing that will help a lot, but there are other things you can do as well when conditioning to avoid getting bubbles (and also to avoid getting moisture into the clay when conditioning, which can also be a problem). 

Check out this page for lots of those tips:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
(...click on Bubbles...)


HTH,

Diane B.


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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008 04:57:47 AM »

I would recommend rolling the clay flat with your roller and popping whatever bubbles are in the clay before you run it through the pasta machine. That should help eliminate some.
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