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Topic: Polyclay Tute- Skinner Blend  (Read 12909 times)
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2006 09:13:49 AM »

Unfortunately, it's just the nature of Skinner blends to get wider with every pass because there are so many passes.

One way to deal with that taken by many who do a lot of clay (and make more of everything) is to start out with enough clay to fill the entire width of the pasta machine.

If you don't want to make that much Skinner blend, or if you want to make a blend that's really skinny rather than wide for any reason, there are a few ways to do it:

One is to use a  spacer or "stop" of some kind... that is, put the clay into the pasta machine so that it touches one side of the unit.  Then hold or attach something in-between the rollers at the other edge of the clay sheet to keep it from spreading.
...some things that have been used as spacers or stops are the end of a palette knife (works best when using a motor on the pasta machine), a finger, paint stick on card stock, baked clay wedge, unopened pkg of clay, magnets, etc.

Other techniques are:

...fold the blend in the normal way, but run it through the pasta machine with the fold lying against one wall (rather than against the rollers)... repeat if nec.

...add more clay to one or both ends (enough to fill entire roller width)
..... this could be scrap clay, or you can make more than one blend at a time, then cut apart and save second one for your library

...begin with long narrow clay so that fewer passes are necessary (but creates a more discrete blend)... or just accept a streakier blend

...roll or accordion-fold the clay into a log (light at one end, dark at the other), then press to create a shorter length or whatever you want (like making a SB "plug" or bullseye), then put through again (teapot's way)

...pull on the clay strip as it passes through the rollers

...roll blend through on increasingly thinner settings (will make it thinner and longer, but not narrower)

There are more details on all those on this page:
(...click on "Limiting Width & Making Longer"....)

Diane B.
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« Last Edit: June 04, 2006 09:17:27 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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