Conditioning

Immediately affer removing polymer clay from the outer wrapper, it will be too firm to work with. The c ay must be conditioned to make it soft and pliable. This is an important step that should not be skipped.

If you're using one of the firmer clays, cut a section of the cube into small slices (like slicing bread) with c oaring knife or stiff slicing blade. Warm the clay pieces by placing them in your hand and making a fis*. The warmth of your hand will cause the clay to cecome soft enough to pass through a hand-crank casta machine. You may benefit from using a clay-z:-=dicated food processor on the "pulse" setting to break up extra-firm clay into tiny pieces before rolling i. You can also add a clay softener to clay that is "oo firm.

A good way to calculate how much conditioning the da/ will require, either by kneading or passing through f-e pasta machine, is to mix two colors of clay together. Once the clay becomes a new solid hue, it is ready crd workable.

A good way to judge if clay is well-conditioned is to bend the sheet in half. If cracking occurs at the bend, its not ready. Continue conditioning until you achieve a smooth, seamless fold.

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