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cece_March 2, 2002

Hi Again,

Thanks for the welcomes and encouraging letters.

I did see two segments on back to back Carol Duval Shows today, and the first one really did look easy. With no disrespect to the illustrator, it was a real good beginner project.

I will post directions , but to see pics, go to the URL I will provide.

Pasta Machine Question ?

The old--where, how much, and what kind?

I don't live in a rural town, so I have access to a lot of stores, and would prefer to save S & H.

Here are the directions to two projects.


This page was found in the Crafts & Collectibles category, located at: 
http://,1158,CRHO_project_27250,FF.html Necklace 
Project designed by Vesta Abel. 
soft, black polymer clay
Veggie Leather re\-heatable foam
Arthur Baker Calligraphy fish stamp
heat tool
copper, verdigris, Decor\-It inks
five jump rings
various charms
30\-inch chain
makeup sponge
needle nose pliers 
scrap paper 
1\. Heat the center of the foam sheet with the heat tool until soft. 
2\. Quickly stamp the fish design onto the softened foam (figure A). 
3\. Roll a small piece of black polymer clay until it is soft and smooth. 
4\. Flatten the clay and place it over fish image on the stamp. 
5\. Roll a brayer over the clay to force it down into the design. 
6\. Carefully peel up the clay off of the stamp. Using a stylus, poke a hole on both sides of the top of the necklace (figure B). 
7\. Bake the clay piece according to the manufacturer's directions. Let cool. 
8\. Squeeze a small amount of verdigris ink onto a piece of scrap paper. Using a makeup sponge, lightly rub the ink across the design. Repeat with copper ink (figure C). 
9\. Attach a chain and charms with jump rings using needle nose pliers (figure D). 
When applying inks with makeup sponges, be careful not to press too hard on the design. 
This technique looks best when using dark colored clays and metallic inks

This page was found in the Crafts & Collectibles category, located at:

http://,1158,CRHO_project_27256,FF.html Cloisonne

Project designed by Ann and Karen Mitchell, AnKara Designs.

Project demonstrated by Karen Mitchell.


six, two-ounce blocks of Premo polymer clay - black

two-ounce bottle of translucent Liquid Sculpey

standard size pasta maker

tissue blade

X-Acto knife


one roll decorative craft foil - gold or turquoise

scissors - preferably old

paper crimper

needle nose pliers

Pearl-Ex mica pigment powders - pearl white, sparkle gold, duo blue-green, red russet

four small glass or metal dishes

Sculpey diluent

wooden skewers

soft leather strip, 5-1/2" x 1-1/2"

general craft or fabric adhesive

leather lacing

5" x 7", two-hole photo pages

wax paper

FIMO gloss varnish


brush cleaner

paper towels

pointed (but not sharp) wooden clay tool or dull pencil

sketched design for cover


1. Condition clay until soft. Roll out and cut two 5-1/2" x 8-3/4" sheets of black clay at a #1 setting on the pasta machine (about 1/8 inch thick). Using photo pages as a guide, mark and cut out holes for lacing on both sheets. Bake one sheet, cooling on a flat surface, and set aside. On second sheet, mark fold line of photo pages, cut clay sheet along this line, and cut out a 1/8-inch strip (1/16 inch on either side of marked line) to allow room for hinge action of the cover ( figure A).

2. Cut about 20-1/2" x 12" strips of foil. Fold strips in half lengthwise, and flatten at fold line (colored side of foil facing out). Be careful, the foil is sharp. Trim folded strips to a width of 1/8 inch. The folded and trimmed strips can be prepared for decorating the project in two ways. Some strips can be folded at angles with the pliers to form a zigzag pattern. Other strips can be run through the paper crimper for a wavy pattern, and then formed by hand into shapes and scrolls (figure B).

3. Use a sketch of the memory book cover design as a guide. Place the paper with the design on top of the unbaked sheet of clay. Use pointed but not sharp wooden clay tool to follow lines of the design, leaving a light impression on the clay. Start to form shapes and scrolls with the strips of foil, and place it on the surface of the clay sheet prepared as the front cover of the memory book, following the etched surface design (figure C). Trim strips as necessary. Press formed strips into the clay with the cut edge of the foil towards the surface of the clay, and the folded side facing up. Sink the strips about half of their width into the clay. Make sure to form closed shapes, as you will be filling the shapes later with liquid clay. When all the strips are in place and pressed into the clay, bake on a flat surface, and cool under a book (figure D).

4. Squeeze about 1-1/2 tablespoons of liquid clay into each of four small dishes. Choose four colors of mica pigment powders and mix one color into each of the dishes. Add a few drops of Sculpey diluent to each dish to thin the mixture. Plan the color layout for the cover, and carefully drop (using a skewer) small amounts of each color into the foil shapes but don't fill all the way to the top edge of the foil. Be careful not to spill into the next section marked off by the foil edge, or the colors could mix. Use the pointed end of a wooden skewer to drag the liquid clay in each foil section all the way to the edges (figure E). Bake book cover when all colored sections are filled with the liquid clay (figure F).

5. After coloring on cover is baked and has cooled, varnish the entire surface, as well as the hinge section of the cover. Trim leather strip to a 5-1/2" x 1-1 /2" strip. Using the fabric or craft adhesive, glue the leather strip to the backside of the cover and the hinge, leaving a 1/8-inch gap between the clay hinge and cover. Make sure strip dries flat to the surface of the clay (figure G).

6. Align the holes of the back cover, photo pages and front cover then tie together with the leather strip to finish.

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Cece- those were two good shows today, weren't they! I especially likes the cloisonne book cover. I printed that project out.
The pasta maker I have is an Atlas. You can get them in a store that sell kitchen stuff- maybe a chain like Lechter's or a local culinary shop.
It was funny when I got mine cause my Dad got it as a xmas present for me. He thought he was doing good by getting a big schmancy electric model with all types of controls on it. When I saw it, my face fell, and I had to tell him I wanted the old hand-cranker for crafting, not cooking! He had to take it back & order a new one, lol!
I am not sure what the going price is- maybe $50? Check on Ebay to get an idea- I know they have them all the time.

HTH, Karen

    Bookmark   March 2, 2002 at 9:24PM
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My Mom gave me my pasta machine for Christmas about 2 years ago. It doesn't have a brand name on the machine itself and of course the box is looooong gone. I do know the number thickness that is shown in instructions and demonstrations are not the same as mine. Also when I try to roll out an extremely thin sheet (even with freezer paper) the sheet becomes distorted. So I'm thinking it's an inferior brand. From everything I have read, Atlas seems to be the preferred model. I need to start looking for one too although mine is great for just conditioning.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2002 at 9:06AM
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