New Sculpey Pasta Machine With Stainless Steel Rollers

Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #662: It’s encouraging to see that the Polyform Sculpey brand is making improvements to its clay conditioning machine.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Unboxing the new Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine with Stainless Steel Rollers.
  • I have an Atlas Wellness Pasta Machine that I very much love using… I did the Unboxing of my Atlas a while ago.
  • One of the things that I love about my Atlas is that it doesn’t leave black streaks on my polymer clay because it has the anodized aluminum rollers.
  • So when I heard that the Sculpey machine now had stainless steel rollers, I just had to test that for you.
  • One of the nice things about the Sculpey machines is that they are available in a lot of places like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and other craft stores as well as online, and they are relatively inexpensive.
  • My Atlas machine was in the $100 range and the Sculpey Machine is in the $40 range.
  • I go through the features to see what is different from the old models, as well as demo it to see how well it works.
  • In addition to the new stainless rollers, there seems to be some sort of plastic or something filling the gaps between the rollers and the machine sides.
  • Also the scraper blades appear to be made of nylon or something similar.
  • The handle seems to fit better and the machine seems to move smoother.
  • There are nine settings with the #1 setting being the thickest, and the #9 being the thinnest.
  • The clay goes through quite smoothly with only faint lines at the thickest setting, and a little rippling at the thinnest setting. This is pretty typical of most machines with a lot of settings.
  • The machine appears to be more sturdy and of higher quality than the previous models.
  • I will use this machine for a while to see how it stands up… and to see whether the stainless steel rollers keep those nasty black streaks away.
  • If this machine does well after being put through it’s paces, it may be a great option for a lot of people, since it will be much more affordable than the high end machines. And it is available in a lot more locations.
  • I am hoping that this machine is an improvement over the previous models. Stay tuned :-)

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  1. Dixie Ann, 07 May, 2015

    Doug, bad link, video will not play.

  2. Doug Lietz, 07 May, 2015

    Oops… sorry about that… it’s all fixed now.

  3. Dixie Ann, 09 May, 2015

    Thanks Doug for the fix. After watching the video on the updated Sculpey Clay machine, I am only hoping that it holds up much better than the one I bought my first time around. It appears to be an improvement but the only thing that concerns me is the plastic scrappers. I still think they should be metal based also. Plastic after a period of time, gets brittle and tends to crack easily, especially if too much pressure gets put through the rollers. It will be so interesting to see how they hold up with all the prodding and poking to clean out the build up of clay underneath them. I think if Sculpey could make a machine without the fenders or allow the user to easily remove the fenders for cleaning it would be a 100% improvement on their part and it could be purchased for Adults only as I believe there is a saftety factor involved here, henceforth the fenders. Then why not have them make a childrens version where the fenders can not come off? This way they would be solving two problems, they wouldn’t have to retool their equipment and the cost would be accordingly.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 12 May, 2015

    Part of the reason for the fenders on these cheaper machines is to give them strength and stability. When they are removed, the flimsy machines can twist and warp a little, and it’s hard on the gears. I would like to see both the fenders be more open though… one of them on this machine is very open at the back… you can see any build up quite easily. The other (the front one) is almost completely wrapped around and you can’t see in at all. If they were both smaller and more open like the back one is, they could still give strength to the machine, but have the ability to see if there is any build up and be able to gently remove it.

    The big thing with any pasta machine though is to be gentle with it. I am always surprised when people jam thick chunks of rock hard clay through the rollers and wonder why the gears broke or the rollers are out of alignment.

    As far as the nylon scrapers cracking… I haven’t seen that with mine yet. (I also have them on my Atlas) They do seem to be gentler on the rollers though. No scratching or damaging the surface… so I’m guessing that is why they put the nylon scrapers there in the first place. Hopefully this machine is a good one. There needs to be a less expensive, yet decent quality machine out there for all beginners to get started on. Hopefully this machine will be it!

  5. Carrie Cote, 08 May, 2015

    Oh thank you so much for this review Cindy. Cant wait for the follow up.

    I bought a cheap pasta roller from London Drugs last year and have been looking to replace it (there’s screws rattling around in the guards!? o.0 )
    But sadly I bought an Amaco to replace mine, and right out of the box, I hate it.
    The rollers move individually of the other, they’re off centre so I dont get a straight roll, AND the thing seized right out of the box! I couldnt turn the handle at all.
    (had to get the hubby to man-handle it!)

    So… back looking for another machine.
    Really looking forward to the followup to this.
    Thanks!

  6. Lawrence S, 08 May, 2015

    A great video, as always, Cindy. I am looking forward to the follow up.
    I can never understand why Amaco or Sculpey never provide the holes necessary to attach a motor to most machines.
    Your gold wellness machine has them as does my older Mercado.
    A dislocated shoulder a while back made one a necessity and thanks to my good friend, Joan Tayler, giving me her old motor I was able to condition my clay.
    We never know when we may need the use of a motor.
    She has the new Polymer Clay Express Dream Machine.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 12 May, 2015

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder Lawrence. Yes I would imagine that a motorized machine may be necessary if you had a dislocated should. Ouch! I am guessing a motor might be too heavy duty for the cheaper machines (though this one seems a lot sturdier than past machines). Also, they seem to be going after the low end market so the cost of a motor add-on is probably out of the range for most of their target buyers anyway. The funny thing is that they do leave those slots for the tray or noodle cutters though… even though they will never get used. But that is probably just because they are working with stock pasta machine parts and not making them specifically for polymer clay.

  8. Doreen Neilley, 08 May, 2015

    Cindy,
    Thanks for the information on the new Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine. I will keep watch to see how you go with it.

    Do you know what the little vertical “hooks” on the front of the machine are for? My cheap machine from Michaels (which I bought last year before I knew how important a good machine is) has them also, and they are a bit sharp. I cut myself on one trying to guide some clay when I first got the machine. I have tried to make clay cover guards, but that didn’t work. Now I have some “cowboy chrome” (duct tape) covering them.

    I am trying to get up the nerve to take the fenders off my machine. I have your video about doing that on your older Atlas machine, and then cleaning it, and I am pretty sure that there must be quite a pile of “hidden treasures” behind the scrapers, but I have read comments by others on various web sites that some of the newer machines tend to become quite flimsy if you removed the fenders for easier cleaning. Any comments?

    Thanks for the great information. You and Doug really go above and beyond helping us.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 11 May, 2015

    Hi Doreen, Since these machines are actually designed for making pasta, those ‘hooks’ are for attaching the cutting rollers for making linguine and spaghetti. I think I showed that in my Atlas video. There really not that useful for polymer clay and can just be ignored. It’s weird that yours are sharp but since yours are, your cowboy chrome idea sounds like it works for you. :)

    Unless your machine isn’t working at all anymore, I wouldn’t risk opening it up to take off the fenders. The old machines were fine to take apart, but the new ones may not go back together again… staking them apart is kind of risky… and you’re right they are much more stable with them on.

  10. Krithika P, 13 August, 2015

    I have a used Atlas machine setup in my work space but bought this machine as a backup with a 60% off coupon. I took it with me for a workshop recently since it felt a little lighter than the Atlas and I didn’t want to un-clamp my main machine. I can’t say I like it. It’s not as heavy duty as the Atlas, my shoulder was hurting quite a bit after the first day. Despite cleaning the rollers with baby wipes n everything, the rollers seemed very sticky. I also don’t like how the settings knob doesn’t match up to the marking for different thicknesses. I didn’t feel comfortable with the machine even after some major claying. I went off n bought a shiny new Atlas when there was a sale as a backup and will probably shove this in some corner. It’s pretty good for the price (with the coupon), but I’d suggest looking for a used Atlas instead.

  11. Eloise Walton, 27 January, 2016

    Got a small pasta machine (4 1/4 ” rollers) from a thrift shop. It has a permanently attached noodle and spaghetti maker on it. Do you ever use the noodle and spaghetti rollers with polymer clay? If so, do you have any instructions on how to use them?

    Thank you,

  12. Krithika P, 27 January, 2016

    Are you sure it’s permanently attached? I turned mine upside down and gently tapped on the attachment with a hammer and it came apart easily.

  13. Eloise Walton, 27 January, 2016

    Most definitely positive it is all one piece. That is not the issue, I want to know if the spaghetti & noodle part of the machine can be used with polymer clay.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 29 January, 2016

    Hi Eloise, you can run a flat sheet of polymer clay through the noodle cutters if you wish. Just make sure the clay is not too sticky or it will get stuck in the rollers. You can make some interesting strands with it, if you want.

  15. Dixie Ann, 27 January, 2016

    Hi Eloise, here is a link to a video that shows you how to use a pasta machine. This might be helpful for you.

  16. Marieanne Schultz, 11 September, 2018

    Hi Cindy,
    I am new to polymer clay. Have you ever tried the Salt pasta machine at Bed Bath and Beyond to condition the clay? The reason I ask is because the craft store machines seem not to work well enough. The reviews on the salt one seem good for pasta but not sure how it would be with clay. I don’t like to buy anything online, simply because I like to see what I buy.
    Since I just wanted to make pendants, carving out of flat pieces of clay, then painting them, maybe the new Sculpy machine would do. I just don’t want something to fall apart after a month of use. I love your videos on Utube. Keep up the good work. Hope to hear from you.

  17. Cindy Lietz, 13 September, 2018

    Thank you so much for your kind comment Marieanne! I see that Sara has answered your question for you… which is great because I am not familiar with the Salt machine myself! Hopefully her info helps!

  18. Sara K, 12 September, 2018

    I have been using the SALT machine and I like it a lot. The disclaimer that of course must go with this is that it is my first machine ever. That being said, the wonderful thing about buying from BedBath (besides for the $10 off a $30 purchase coupon I got to use) is that their return policy is excellent, so if you are unhappy, you can just return it.

  19. Cindy Lietz, 13 September, 2018

    Thank you so much Sara for coming to the aid of Marieanne! I am not familiar with that particular brand of pasta machine, so it is great to hear that it is a reasonable solution for people who need an inexpensive pasta machine. I appreciate the info!

  20. Marieanne Schultz, 15 September, 2018

    Thank you so much for your reply. Thank you Doug for getting me on the blog. I’m not so savy on technology.

    I intend to make picture frames out of the clay and carve designs in them. Would I be able to make indentations for stones, pearls and beads in the clay? Would the indentations shrink after baking? Also , can rubber stamps be used on the clay for designs and painted later after baking?

    Also, how many little bricks of primo clay needed to make a sheet 5″x7″ and 1/4″ thick? I thought this might be a good size of frame to start out with. The center would be cut out and a pocket made for the back so you can slide the picture in. Could be hung or easle back. What do you think about this? You have a lot more experience with primo clay and I would appreciate your advice and tips or any ideas that would help me.
    All the clay will be painted, as I use only the white color. I enjoy doing my artwork on different mediums.
    Thanks to you and all others for your replies.

  21. Cindy Lietz, 17 September, 2018

    Hi Marrieanne, thanks for asking your question here on the blog! It helps others if they can see the answers to other people’s questions as well.

    In regards to making frames out of polymer clay… the thing about polymer clay is that when it is baked, it is still pretty flexible, especially if it is in a warm location. So using it as a frame on it’s own, may or may not be the best idea. I’m not saying it wouldn’t work, but it at that size and thickness, it may not be stiff enough as a stand alone frame. You would definitely need to experiment with it first.

    Have you considered covering an inexpensive wood frame from a place like Ikea or a Dollar Store instead? It would make the process a lot easier as far as construction and it wouldn’t run the risk of getting all floppy and sliding down to the table if the room was warm.

    If I were making a picture frame, that is what I would do.

    Although I don’t have a tutorial specific to covering wooden picture frames, I do have one that teaches you how to cover wood ornaments with polymer clay that would be very helpful to you.

    The link to the paid tutorial is here: Vol-066 Polymer & Wood Ornaments

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