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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2006 08:22:09 PM »

Oooh! I really want to see pics of it! How exciting!
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2006 08:35:30 PM »

I'll show you pictures of the results only if you promise not to laugh;  I'm a clay novice.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2006 08:58:16 PM »

I have never, nor do I intend to, laugh at another persons clay works unless they were meant to be amusing! I promise that in the realm of clay, I will be totally upstanding and serious. As for everything else, that free game!
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2006 05:33:51 PM »

LOL Ok, it's a deal.  My attempt at a Skinner Blend may have to wait a couple of days, due to cutting a bit of the side off a finger off this afternoon.   Shocked 
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2006 05:55:30 AM »

I can't roll my clay past a 4. It sticks and gets wavy.

Teapotdnky, is the problem maybe because your clay is too "fresh" and needs some of the plasticizer leached out?   Or maybe it's the kind of PC you're using?  Sculpey III tends to be softer than any of the others, but even Premo or Kato clays can be softer than you'd like (Fimo's the firmest, and I've never had it be too soft to work with) - if that's the case, you can put a sheet of clay between a couple of sheets of paper (plain old white copy paper will do just fine) and put a weight on the stack for a couple of hours - you'll see that the paper gets oily-looking.  That's the plasticizer being soaked up.  The clay will then be a little firmer.  Repeat if needed.  Of course, once you've done that you'll need to condition it again so it's consistent throughout, so if you want to do something like a Skinner blend, leach the clay *first*.

You can also put your clay between two layers of waxed paper and roll it down thinner - just peel the paper back in between passes through the pasta machine.
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2006 07:07:55 AM »

I use premo. I can't work with firmer clays. Both of my hands were crushed in a car accident so I have some trouble with them. I don't really need my clay past a 4 anyway, so there is no problem there!  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2006 07:32:55 AM »

Very good tute! I have always had the "urge" to work with pc, but never really the knowledge.....*puts pasta machine on "to buy list."*  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2006 08:25:52 AM »

Good tute, tpd!   (sorry to hear about your hands!... I have lots of problems with mine that get in the way of claying too  Sad).


For those who don't have a pasta machine and want to make Skinner blends anyway, check out the lesson on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/blends.htm
(click on "Making Without a Pasta Machine"...)
....and  http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
(click on the subcategory "No Pasta Machine?--Other Ways"...)


It's also possible to make "discrete  blends" where the colors are in individual but slightly changing steps rather than the continuous color change of Skinner blends... discrete blends are more a bit more work, but don't require a pasta machine in the same way as Skinner blends.  They look really cool too.
(...from that first page link above re Blends, click on "Discrete Blends"...)

That page also has links to many photos of other examples of Skinner blends (alone, or being used in canes or for backgrounds, etc.), info on how to make multiple-color blends, and bullseye or "plug" logs from Skinner blend sheets.
(...click on Multiple-Color, Logs, Plugs, and Websites...)



Having said it's possible to make blends without a pasta machine, it's still probably the best polymer toy around!!!!  Grin



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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2006 10:33:26 PM »

I don't know what I am doing wrong  Huh  Everytime I try to make a Skinner blend everything is great until the 5th time or so through the pasta machine.  It gets so wide I can't get it into the machine.  Any suggestions?  I swear, sometimes I think I am PC cursed! Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2006 11:26:31 PM »

Don't worry. Pretend like it is a cane. Fold it in half, and start carefully smooshing the clay to the middle. Try not to twist it and try to keep it uniform thickness. Once it is shorter and fatter, you can flatten it a bit and put it back through.
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