Today guest blogger Stormy DesignsÂ shares her review of Makin’s Clay Machine…
I used my Michaelâ€™s 50% Off coupon the other day to buy a Makinâ€™s Professional Ultimate Clay MachineÂ which Iâ€™ve had my eye on for some time. Iâ€™ve heard mostly good remarks from other artists about the machine and because Iâ€™ve had good dealings with the company previously regarding one of their clay extruders I decided that it was worth the investment.
The Makinâ€™s clay machineâ€™s tech sheet can be found here.
First of all, I love the size! It has 7 in. long rollers whereas my old machine has 5 3/4 in. long ones. This means I can get a much wider sheet of clay than I was getting The rollers on the Makinâ€™s machine are non-stick and I am blown away at how well they work. Even sticky clay doesnâ€™t stick to the rollers. The 9 different settings for thickness are great. I rolled out a sheet on the 3rd thickest setting and it was thinner than anything I had ever rolled out of my old pasta machine. It even ran through without tearing like it would have with my old machine. I was amazed! The Makinâ€™s clay machine is well built, cranks smoothly and easily, is definitely non-stick and runs a smooth sheet of clay. My first tests were with well conditioned Premo and after seeing how well it did with that I thought Iâ€™d give the machine a real test,Â I was in need of some hot pink clay which I happened to have in some Kato clay. For you non-clayers, Kato clay is a much harder clay to condition than Premo and the hot pink that I have is crumbly until itâ€™s conditioned real well.Â It would stick all over the rollers on the old machine I used, making a real mess. I was hoping that the Makinâ€™s machine would do better with it. I sliced off about 2 oz. of the hot pink Kato clay and conditioned it with my large acrylic rod on my marble slab. Once I had the clay warmed up and moving a bit I rolled it on my slab so it was slightly thicker than the thickest setting on the machine and ran it through with no problems. After a few passes through the clay machine I had a nice sheet of hot pink clay. I was impressed at how well it handled the pre-conditioned Kato clay and no sticky mess to clean.
The Makinâ€™s Ultimate Clay Machine came with some bonus texture sheets, push molds and cutters. Iâ€™m going to give the machine a real workout in the next few months with all the spring projects that are spinning around in my head.Â Weâ€™ll see how the machine holds up, but Iâ€™ve got to tell you, after using it for 3 days Iâ€™m really impressed with itâ€™s performance. It beats my old machine hands down I do believe that Iâ€™ve got to get the Ultimate Clay Machine Motor to go with it
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