Neverknead Pt2

NEVERknead – Other Uses For My Clay Conditioning Machine

Other Uses For My Clay Conditioning Machine

 

The NEVERknead can be used for a lot more than just conditioning polymer clay as I went over in part 1 neverknead review I use it almost every time that I’m claying, here are some other ways that I use my machine

Compressing: This is the aftermath of pieces of clay that I had used to make a cane all squashed together as much as I could do by hand.

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A few presses later the clump of clay is now compacted into a nice square ready to go back into my clay storage case.

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This is a stack of scrap clays I am compressed.

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I moved the clay off to the side of the top plate to press down the sides making it even flatter.

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Flattening Clay: I have a hard time using just an acrylic roller to flatten out my clay so I now use my NEVERknead to do this job for me.

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Color Mixing: I color blend almost everything I make I find the tear and stack method works well.

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Tear – Stack – Press – Repeat this process for full color blending.

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Marbling: I stopped at this point to show that it is also great for marbling flattening it thin enough to fit into my clay machine.

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Adding Texture: Placing a rubber texture sheet on top of the clay and pressing, I also use the wood stamps and flat texture sheets.

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To make the texture on the entire flat clay I just move it around.

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Flat Disc: Cutting a thick slice off a cane that I want to flatten.

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Flat Beads: I placed a bead on the base plate and pressed lightly.

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I now have a perfectly flat bead.

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Cane Revitalization: This is one of my first ink canes using the alcohol inks which can make the cane dry up very fast. This cane was so stiff and hard that I didn’t think it could be used anymore.

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I lightly pressed down then rotated the cane applying light pressure on all sides rotating after each pressing.

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The plasticizers in the cane have loosened up as you can see it is much softer now as I can press down on the cane.

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Rounded Edge Cutouts: Using a very thick piece of clay I add some plastic cling wrap pulling it tightly on top of the clay. Placing the metal cookie cutter on top of the plastic wrap.

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Adding a thick acrylic block I pressed down the handle until the cookie cutter goes through all the clay making nice smooth rounded edges on the cutout shape.

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Using Molds: I dusted the mold with a little cornstarch and added a rolled ball of clay adding a little cornstarch to the upper plate.

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A very light pressing into the mold by using a release agent {cornstarch} to the upper plate it did not stick.

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Presto a nice clean mold.

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I am always finding more ways to use my NEVERknead machine, it sits right next to me while I clay.