First of all apologies to my readers. I just realised that I have written my last post in May! And it’s August now! I am normally not that slack with keeping my blog up-to-date and aim for 1 or 2 posts per month at least. Life just got in the way a bit. I am currently teaching 2 students German, had some translation work, I also went on a short holiday in July and got sick on holiday, and most importantly – I am working on a brand new website which takes up most of my time. This also explains why I haven’t posted new items on the current website. More about this in a separate post.
Today I want to talk about one of the tools I use for my clay designs. When I make canes I always find it difficult to cut thin even slices – I am just not very skilled at it. So when I found out about this nifty tool I ordered it via the London Polymer Clay Branch of the British Polymer Clay Guild. It’s one of the most expensive polymer clay tools I own. As you can see it looks like a guillotine and yes the blade is pretty sharp. When it arrived I had to assemble it first which took a while and not long after using it the blade came off, as it was only glued onto the bit that you push down. So I had to email the company LucyClayTools which is based in the Czech Republic. Luckily they responded quickly and told me how to fix this and sent me a new blade with holes you can screw onto the slicer. I haven’t attempted it though and I don’t know if it will work ( I hope so!!). I have simply glued the old blade back on as it is still useable.
The slicer works pretty straight forward. You place your cane in front of the pink part, adjust the thickness by turning the screw (see image) and then you push down the blade. I tend to go for 3 turns as I don’t want it too thin or thick.
The only downside with this tool is that when the cane is too short you can’t get any more slices out of it because of the distance between cane and blade. My simple solution is to just add more polymer clay at the end of the cane and attach it to the pink part.
I have yet to test how I would slice Mokume Gane canes which tend to be longer and thinner. I also don’t know if you can attach wavy slicers – I have to check. However for normal canes it works well and you’ll end up with even sliced pieces you can then use for your projects.
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