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Topic: Another Polymer Clay question! Evil red?  (Read 1667 times)
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« on: May 10, 2006 12:47:27 AM »

I was doing a project and everything was going great until I used red.  Now there is red in my pasta machine (and for some unknown reason everywhere else!  I tell ya, this stuff is evil!).  I have tried to clean the machine but it has been two days and I am still trying to get the red out, this has never happened with any other color - I am using Fimo soft.

I know I am not supposed to, but what if I run it through the dishwasher?  At this point, I'm desperate!  Huh

UGGGHHH, is there a trick to this or do all of you have a separate pasta machine for red?!?!?!  Or am I just an idiot?  Please help!  Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2006 07:36:56 AM »

You're not an idiot Cheesy, but you are unlucky! 
Reds tend to get onto hands especially, more easily than other colors --and FimoSoft's red is the worst (that's the older version of FimoSoft anyway...they've changed it's formula recently, making it more like Sculpey III, softer and weaker, so I'm not sure if that version has reds as bad, worse, or even better.

For keeping clay colors (as well as lint, pet hair, etc.) from getting on your clay, check out this page for things that will help:
(click on "White, Light Clay" ...that's just where I've collected the info on this problem)

For cleaning your pasta machine, you can probably just clean it normally by running scrap clay through it a few times (I use Sculpey or SuperSculpey because they're cheaper --and always keep a good-sized wad of it right by my pasta machine... I'll also run that through a couple of times just before I put any light-colored clay through the machine for it's final or near-final pass). 

You can also clean the rollers with a baby wipe, or just alcohol on a tissue/paper towel... after you've rotated the rollers holding one of those on them, then turn the machine over and see if you can get out (with alcohol or wipe, or possibly even a needle or something but be careful not to bend an of the metal) any clay that's hanging around near the edges of the scrapers. 

Keeping off colors out of future clay put through the machine is always an ongoing problem though.  Some clayers like to take the entire "fenders" off their pasta machines, and some actually disassemble the machines to clean them periodically. 
It's also possible to give the thing an alcohol soak, but this will begin to remove the grease on the gears inside (putting in a dishwasher would be worse though).
Some people actually do have a separate pasta machine just for whites, light pastels, and translucents.

There's lots of info on all those things about pasta machines on this page too:
(click on Cleaning and also More Cleaning... note that gray "streaks" are not the same thing as stray clay colors)


Diane B.
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« Last Edit: May 10, 2006 08:44:45 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2006 07:19:16 PM »

Thank you so much Diane B!  You are truly the polymer guru!
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