How to change this lot to something pretty!
1. Press the lumps until they stick together, and form a log shape.
2. Roll and lengthen it, making sure it is well stuck together and warm, then twist as you roll to make the stripes narrower and eventually rolling round the log and looking attractive.
3. Cut off a section - we don't need much!
4. Turn your piece to find the nicest area and flatten it then put through a medium thin setting of the machine. Not too thin - you need to be able to handle it.
5. Roll out a medium sheet of scrap clay for the backing, then cut a narrow strip across the width of the striped sheet and place it at the bottom of the scrap backing sheet. You should be able to pick it up with the blade and ease it into place. Cut another strip and place next to the first, but offsetting it a little. Repeat.
6. After a few strips have been laid, change direction back the other way; repeat.
7. Roll gently to meld it all together, either as you go along or at the end.
8. Trim and put through pasta machine if wished but take care not to distort it at too thin a setting.
Play with how you place the strips on the backing - if the striped sheet is very thin it can be manipulated:
Even the messiest scrap: