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Tips on sheeting
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:48:38 PM »
OK all, I'm pretty hopeless at sheeting canes and not distorting everything or having it all go lumpy. Any tips and tricks that you can share?

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 06:48:08 PM »
When you say sheeting canes, do you mean laying slices on a background like a fabric?

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 07:25:45 PM »
I hope thats what Peter means could do with that help myself, If you just mean the last layer to wrap around a cane I roll a medium sheet and lay the cane on it then gently turn it pressing gently on each turn then I just smooth the seam and gently squish it as I turn it to smooth,  It works for me  :D
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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 07:27:48 PM »
Thats exactly it Nan!

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 08:18:56 PM »
Ahh, well I just make sure i have a medium thick base coat then a thin top coat and then cut thin slices from my canes, lay them on overlapping until it looks pleasing, sometimes I will add some translucent canes over that. I never put it through the pasta machine after this stage as that will distort everything, unless of course that's what I'd like, instead I use my acrylic roller to smooth the sheet flat. If I use the sheet for pendants, I use cling film under the cutter to get a nice bevelled edge.
Is that any help Peter?

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 08:23:40 PM »
If I use the sheet for pendants, I use cling film under the cutter to get a nice bevelled edge.
Is that any help Peter?
Thanks Nan, good tip.
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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 08:55:39 PM »
Also consider using the plastic that they bung around magazines. I found my cling film was a bit thin (cheap stuff  ;))  & tended to get cut & left behind on the clay. Trying to pick it off invariably meant marking the clay  :( On a couple of occasions I didn't notice & the cling film got baked on the clay  :-[

I find the stuff on mags (shop or subscription ones) much thicker, does the same job & has never been cut through  8)

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 08:59:42 PM »
good tip Bev

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 09:29:21 PM »
I remember reading in one of Donna Kato's books that adding a couple of cane slices and rolling them in completely before adding a few more helps loads with the distortion process. It takes longer but you have much more control.

If you want a perfect sheet with your roller and you're like me and end up making every sheet wedge-shaped, you could try stealing a trick from metal clayers and using playing cards or similar as spacers either side of the clay.

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 09:54:09 PM »
Thanks Ladies....super tips!    :)

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 10:20:48 PM »
If I use the sheet for pendants, I use cling film under the cutter to get a nice bevelled edge.
Is that any help Peter?
Thanks Nan, good tip.
Carol

I do that it really gives a clean rounded finish

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Re: Tips on sheeting
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2011, 11:15:40 PM »
greeat tips there -  magic!  ;)