Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tori's Tip for July - little rollers

Hi it's Tori West again with this month's tip - though I usually post a project at the beginning of the month, and a tip later, I'm switching things up this month.  The reason for the switch is because if you make yourself a couple of these handy little rollers, you will have them ready for the project I'm going to post later in the month.  However, even if you don't want to do the project, you might find these useful whenever you want thin pieces of clay for embellishments, covering small objects, etc.

Just like the work boards I showed you in a previous post, ceramic tiles are great to have around the studio.  In this case, I use 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" tiles (available at home improvement stores) tape wood strips on opposite sides, and use them, along with a 5" piece of acrylic rod and a sandwich baggie with three sides of the seams removed, to create an even thickness when rolling out clay.  The baggie can be used over and over again just by rinsing it off in between usage.  I find this method much easier to use than a pasta machine, and definitely easier to clean up!  The thicknesses I use most often are 1/8" and 1/16", so I've made tile rollers for each of those. These are great for when you just need a little bit of clay for a stamp or scrapbook embellishment.

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Sandee Setliff said...

Love the tip!

www.byglori.com said...

Interesting tip i got to try this one. Thanks!