I bought a new toy the other day. For $15. From Kmart.
Wow, that’s interesting I hear you say… but it’s not what you might be imagining – this is a cool toy!
An item more often found in the kitchen than craft room…. something for my clay.
I bought a pasta machine!
If you’ve read any books on Polymer clay (and who hasn’t lately, riveting stuff that they are!) then a pasta machine is just the right thing to make sure your clay is the perfect thickness and colours are blended just right.
I am quite happily imagining the worms I can produce for making things – I saw a pair of earrings in a polymer book the other day, made out of what looked like mini fettucine strips. Oh, the possibilities!
I’ll be in Wraptures!
One thing you need to know about clay, the polymer type, is that it has to be conditioned. That is, worked in your hands til it’s soft and pliable. Then you can start to roll or mould with it. If it’s not conditioned properly it will crack slightly at the edges and for fine detailed work this is not good as it weakens the finished result.
So I tested my machine and she works a treat, and my first Wraptures! is ready to bake. A lovely piece of blue and pink glass is now resting in a nest of pink worms. 🙂
What to do now…. I have plenty of colours and will be ordering more soon, so I’ll be busy blending, rolling, worming (?), fettucini-ing and of course baking. Now I just have to buy more glass to go with it. And brooch backs. But there’s plenty of time to do that.
Keep smiling, coz I know I will be 🙂