Vid #72: For making jewelry beads with bright white clay, always keep rubbing alcohol handy for cleaning:
Have you ever been frustrated after your pasta machine left streaks of color on some brand new white polymer clay that you ran through it? Well there’s no need to worry because rubbing alcohol works great for cleaning the surface of light-colored clays when they get dirty.
Fimo, Premo, Sculpey and Kato Clay can get dirty in a few different ways. Since all polymer clay brands are sticky to some degree, they can easily pick up dust, hair and residues from your work area and tools.
One tool very prone to getting dirty is your pasta machine. Scraper blades inside of the machine are meant to keep the rollers clean. But unfortunately they don’t always do their job very well. Trapped bits of clay left behind from previous bead making projects are what cause the streaking or spotting issues mentioned earlier.
This can be a huge problem when working with light colored and dark colored clays back to back. Dark colors will leave streaks of color onto sheets of light colors and vice versa.
This is the very reason why some professional clayers have two pasta machines in their studio. One dedicated to lights and the other only to be used for dark clay.
If two pasta machines seems a little over the top for you, all is not lost. As I said earlier, all you need to do is keep some rubbing alcohol handy to clean off the surface of your polymer clay when it gets dirty. And while you’re at it, use your rubbing alcohol soaked paper towel to clean out your pasta machine as well.
Bonus Tip: Rubbing alcohol works pretty good for wiping away fingerprints from clay as well. For 7 additional techniques to keep those nasty finger prints at bay, read this article: Polymer Clay Beads That Look Professional
So when your making beads using white polymer clay… and you actually want your beads to end up looking bright white… then today’s polymer clay how to tip is for you. Always keep some rubbing alcohol handy.
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In this “Rubbing Alcohol” video tutorial I show you what can happen to white fimo clay when you don’t keep your pasta machine clean… and more importantly, what to do about it.