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it should not look like this….

I spent a good 4 hours or so playing with my clay, and pasta machine. Did I tell you I love it!!
Smooth even thickness, strips all the same size… just brilliant. I can’t wait to buy one and actually make proper pasta…
Anyway, enough of that… into my kiln they go, I was worried about it being too vicious for clay.  Baking glass requires temps of 800C, for an hour total. Clay only 100-150C for 10 mins.
I got my answer pretty quick. Way Too Vicious!
Burnt clay puts out the most vile and toxic smoke and smell…

I had made some Wraptures and also tried out layering shells with clay so they were more a blue shade.. they were pretty.  They are not pretty anymore.
I failed at this one.  I think that $25 toaster oven will be mine very soon next week.  A Big W job (similar to KMart for my overseas friends).

Here are the pics, before and after… all I can say is that I am glad it was only the shells.

aren't they just beautiful?

not sure the kiln should look like this... easy to clean, a little sweep with a paintbrush..

and the piece de resistance….

NOT!!!

 

Holy shit. In the space of about 2 seconds, it went from at temp to off the scale with smoke pouring out… this is why you need good ventilation.

Keep smiling… well maybe later I will..  😦
Jennifer

Clay worms! For Art’s sake.

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.

my little helper feeding clay through the roller

my piece of glass ready to wrap

Ooh look! worms!

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. 🙂

Glass in a nest of pink worms

side view, and ready to bake (when he has friends to join him)

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 🙂
Jennifer