White Pearl Clay
Card Stock or
Use card stock because you are
going to use this template a few times before this project is done.
Make a rectangle about 5 5/8" (1.43cm) by 2"
Cut this out.
The width of the template is the approximate size of
the opening of the Atlas Pasta machine. If your Pasta machine is a different
width, you'll have to adjust the template accordingly.
Place the template you've just
cut out onto the other end of the card stock and trace around the outside of it
with a marker. This will give you an exact double of your template on the paper.
You now have two templates, one
the exact size and the other is the outline on a larger sheet of paper! Set the
cut out template aside for now.
Time to start measuring your
guide marks. Starting along the bottom edge from the right corner, measure in
5/8" (1.59cm) and mark it.
The next mark is 2 1/2" (6.35cm)
from the first mark!
The next one is 1/2" (1.27cm)
from the second mark.
This now leaves a space
approximately 2" (5.1cm) wide! Remember, I am saying
APPROXIMATELY (don't get nutsy over it!).
Go to the top left corner of
your template. Now mark this edge the same way you did the first one, only going
from left to right. First the 5/8" (1.59cm) mark.
Now add the 2 1/2" (6.35cm)
Finish up marking at 1/2"
(1.27cm) mark, again leaving about 2" (6.35cm) of space.
Now we play connect the dots!!!
We have named the marks (dots) to make the next directions easier. Lay your
ruler from A on the top left to
a on the lower left and draw a straight line. Make your lines
extend out from the template for about the length of your finger. You'll see why
in just a minute.
Next, lay your ruler from
B on the upper edge to b on the lower edge and
draw another straight line, letting the lines extend out again.
Finally, lay your ruler from
C on the top right to c on the bottom right and
draw the last straight line. When you are done you will see the four pieces to
our puzzle template!
Now, pick up the CUT OUT
template and lay it on top of the one you just marked up. You'll see the lines
on the covered template extending out from under the blank rectangle!
Using these lines as your
guide, lay your ruler once again from A to a and draw a straight line. Then from B to
b, then from C to c, drawing straight lines.
Lift the template off the paper
and cut on the three lines you just drew. You have 4 puzzle pieces that fit into
your template on the paper. This makes it really easy to cut and assemble your
clay for this type of Skinner Blend!!!
The clay needs to be
conditioned only lightly - just until it's workable - because you are going to
be putting it through the pasta machine multiple times to blend it. This will
take care of the conditioning!
Put your clay through the pasta machine at it's
thickest setting. You will cut out equal numbers of each piece for each layer
you use. I am using two layers of each color, so I cut out two identical pieces
from each color. But - you can do it with one layer, or you can use three or
four. Let your imagination fly!
Choose which color you want for
which piece of the puzzle. I chose red for 1, yellow for 2, blue for 3 and
purple for 4. You can use any colors that strike your fancy.
I'm using Flourescent Red here, but red is very
saturated. So I blended 1 part red and 1 1/2 parts translucent clay to
cut down on the saturation without detracting from the color. I'm also using
Flourescent Yellow. My blue is 2 parts turquoise with 1 part white blended
together to brighten it and then Fuschia, which is blended with equal parts
fuschia and transparent to tone down the saturation again! You can use whatever
color combination you prefer.
Assemble these puzzle pieces on
the bottom template so they match the shapes, keeping the angles even. Press
down a bit on the edges between the colors to get them ready for their trip
through the pasta machine. We don't want the colors to split apart and fall into
the wrong place!!!
Keep your corners even and
squeeze the whole thing together a little bit to make sure it's going to travel
safely to the pasta machine without any separation!
Check your seams one more time,
then pick up the whole thing and make way to the Pasta Machine!
If you have two or more
thicknesses, carefully run this through the pasta machine at the thickest
setting. If you are only using one thickness, set your pasta machine two
settings lower that the thickest setting. This will produce a longer sheet when
it comes out and give you something to grip when you start folding the sheet and
reinserting it into the pasta machine.
The first time through should
set the seams!
Fold the sheet in half from top
to bottom edges, making sure they are matched evenly.
Press out the air as much as
possible before putting it back into the Pasta machine!
Continue putting it through the
pasta machine, making sure to always fold the same way: top
edge to bottom edge. You will have to put it through about 20 to 25 times to get
a good blend!
Here you can see my blend ready
to start playing and making canes. You can see the even stripes of at least 7
colors that have come from our 4 starting colors!
See how well the color strips
line up!!! (that's cause I got lucky and it worked well for the photos! I get
crooked ones all the time! And that's okay too.)