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- In Cleaning Your Pasta Machine Tip #1, I showed you how to use a disposable kitchen or baby wipes to clean your pasta machine from the outside.
- But even with a thorough outside cleaning, you’ll still run into situations where you roll a fresh clean sheet of polymer clay through your pasta machine that ends up looking all streaked or dotted with colors from previous projects you’ve been working on.
- What’s happening is that you’re suffering from Scraper Build-Up.
- Now, the way a polymer clay pasta machine works is that each roller has a matching scraper assembly. The scraper is supposed to lift or peel the clay off the roller as it comes ’round, and therefore keep the rollers clean.
- But what can happen over time, is that the scrapers get bent or dinged… which causes gaps for clay to sneak by the scrapers. Using sticky clay accentuates the problem. Trying to jam hard clay through your machine also makes matters worse. All of these things lead to the dreaded Scraper Build-Up problem.
- So today, what I’ll do is show you some tips on how to clean your pasta machine from the inside.
- I’ve got the Sculpey Clay Conditioning machine, but most machines are set up in a similar manner.
- We used to be able to take these kinds of machines apart and do a very thorough cleaning. It was a pain, but it was do-able. However, the new pasta machines are designed so that you can’t dismantle them. Well you can… but you probably won’t be able to get them back together again. So I would suggest you forget about trying. We’ll just have to do our best to clean from the outside.
- What you will need is a bamboo skewer or soft flexible plastic knife (no metal utensils), and do your best to remove the built up of clay behind the scrapers, like I show in the video. The back scraper on my machine has a smaller fin, so it is easier to clean on that side. With a little patience, you should be able to remove the bulk of the built up clay and clean your machine relatively well.
- If you clean your machine on a regular basis, your machine will last a lot longer and your clay will come out looking a lot cleaner.
Question of the Day:
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