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Keeping blends narrrow
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:27:24 PM »
Skinner blends seem to get wider and wider - so I use some sections of 3/4" wooden dowel - one is 3 1/4" long and the other's 2 1/2" long, and place them on the rollers touching one end. 

Then I make my blend - the dowel helps to keep the blend narrow.  Some clay does go underneath a bit; if this happens then gently hold the dowel down.


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Re: Keeping blends narrrow
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 03:46:17 PM »
Clever idea, I must try that. You could have different lengths of dowel to vary the width.



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Re: Keeping blends narrrow
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 05:08:11 PM »
Now why don't i think of things like that, I just stick my finger against the rollers and hope that it doesn't get squashed.


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Re: Keeping blends narrrow
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 06:58:14 PM »
Great tip Carrie - must try this

If I want a narrow blend, I hold the end of a paintbrush to the end of the clay where it is going through the rollers.  But that ties up one of your hands, so your tip sounds a lot better.

I have also seen people make little spacers out of scrap clay rolled into a sheet, to take up the slack when rolling blends.

Have to say though, I usually want the blend as wide as possible anyway so tend to work to the full width of the machine (in fact looking for a wider one for this very reason)

But there are certainly times when you want to keep the blend tight and narrow, aren't there

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