Vid #87: How To Care For Your Most Useful Polymer Clay Tool, The Pasta Machine (**note):
Although you can technically “survive” without a pasta machine when making polymer clay beads, I can’t imagine myself doing that! I love using this versatile tool for conditioning Premo and Fimo clay, mixing colors, rolling flat sheets and making Skinner Blends.
If you use your pasta machine as much as I do, be sure to clean it regularly. Light cleanings can be done using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. This will work to clean the surface of the rollers. However, tiny bits of clay also become lodged behind the scraper blades and in the crevices where the rollers meet the sides of the machine. The only way to get at this lodged clay is to take the whole machine apart, clean off the scrapers from the inside, and then reassemble the machine.
Now you would think that since these machines were originally designed for processing food grade pasta, they would be quite easy to take apart and clean. But this is not really the case! Actually, taking them apart is not so difficult. It’s putting them back together again that can get tricky.
The people who assemble these machines must either have two sets of hands… or some special assembly jig. I’m guessing it is the later :-)
I had a heck of a time putting my pasta machine back together before I found out that removing the fins made the reassembly process much more manageable.
Since the process of taking apart and reassembling your pasta machine would be difficult to follow in a written tutorial, I have decided to show you with a video. You can see a preview of the presentation below.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Pasta Machine” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-008 Back Issue Package.
**Note: The advise provided in the Vol-008-1 Pasta Machine Cleaning Video only applies if you have an older model Amaco 7 setting pasta machine. Many pasta machines these days are not meant to be dismantled for cleaning purposes… and you will wreck them if you try.
In the “Pasta Machine Cleaning” video I show how to properly disassemble, clean and reassemble your pasta machine. Other topics covered in the video include:
- Common hardware tools you will need for completing this maintenance project.
- Tips for keeping track of the parts so you can put them back together again in the right order.
- How the scrapers work and why they are important for keeping your pasta machine rollers clean
- Why I think leaving out the fins during the reassembly process is a good idea.