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TEXTURE SHEET TIPS

From Rebecca Wood
Tip: "I made texture sheets today using the tips below and they came out well. I used 1/4 premo to 3/4 elasticlay and the resulting sheets have a feel similar to rubber. What I also noticed and wanted to share is that it helps to rest your clay. After sheeting my clay I left it for a few minutes and it firmed up nicely. It became less sticky and easier to use. Once sheeted handle the clay as little as possible and if it gets too sticky leave it to rest again."


From Jainnie
Tip: "When I've made texture plates, I've tried using clay straight (premo or scrap clay), as well as mixtures of Elasticlay and Premo. I know, the Elasticlay is STICKY as heck, and I just cringe working with it, though it has GREAT elasticity (hence the name).

Try mixing just a small amount of your Premo into the Elasticlay (I don't have an exact ratio, maybe like 1:3 or 1:4 Premo to Elasticlay), and after getting it thoroughly mixed, put some baby powder (or cornstarch, from what others say) on your hands and on the clay.  Run through the pasta machine.  Add more powder to the surface so it doesn't stick to EVERYTHING.....then go ahead and impress your textures.  I did this with alphabet pasta....created some fun texture plates that way (oh yeah, I baked the pasta in the texture plate, then popped off all the letters after baking)!  Also, repeated images from rubber stamps work great.

Also, pick up some cheap plain matte glazed ceramic tiles from some home improvement store.  Before you start impressing textures, you'll want to put your rolled-out Elasticlay mixture on this, that way you don't have to try to pry it off your work surface and suffer the pains of distortion!

Another note you might want to experiment with thicknesses for your texture plates.  Some I made without elasticlay, or the more flexible clays like Premo, and so those are more for impressing the clay into by hand, or for sandwiching the clay between (so you get impressions on both sides of the clay, say for beads).  I had made a texture plate with the idea of running it through the pasta machine with clay......only I forgot about the thickness and made it at the #1 setting, so it wa s pretty much impossible to run it through with clay."



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