Thursday, July 10, 2014

Extruder Adapter Set-up and a Clay Marking Tool -I-

We purchased the Driver Adapter from Cynthia Tinapple some time ago.  It is a tool that connects a polymer clay extruder to your power drill making it much easier for extruding your clay.  We still hadn't used it yet until we finally reorganized the studio.  We have been using the extruder tool more these days so I wanted it in a spot where it would be handy.

This is how the set-up now looks on our clay desk work area.

The vice is a screw down type and we didn't want to drill holes in our table so we attached it to a wood cutting board.  The cutting board is then clamped down onto the desk so it can be moved to another location if needed.

The drill we are using is cordless so can be a little heavy when the battery is attached.  I happened to have a box that was the perfect height to sit the drill on so we don't have to hold it while extruding the clay.  To use the adapter, we fill the extruder with clay and attach both ends.  We then insert the adapter end into the drill and then place the extruder into the vice so it is lined up and even.  There is a piece of parchment paper in front for the extruded clay to fall onto.

This set-up works really well and makes extruding the clay so much easier.  The clay we are extruding in the above photo is for our toglet buttons so they are consistent in thickness.  We are using a washer we found in just the right size to use as our die.  To make them all the same length I came up with my own marking tool.  I cut a strip of plastic canvas and cut out sections to create notches for marking.  On the opposite side, I cut out notches at a different length.  This tool works great when making beads as well.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No Comment -I-

Sometime ago, a follower had recommended we turn off the "captcha code" on our blog so it would be less hassle to leave a comment.  I know sometimes I have a hard time reading those funny little letters and numbers myself so thought we would give it a try.  The main reason for this code is to prevent or cut down on spammers trying to get in on the action.  They try to leave a comment so that it will lead a trail to their site which in some cases is not be a good thing if you happen to click on the link they provide.  Another way to prevent this from happening is to turn on the "comments approval" button so when someone does comment, we can either publish it or mark it as spam so it doesn't get posted.  So far we have found this is working.  As our blog sees a tremendous amount of traffic each day, we have been getting hit with a lot of spam comments which we can easily get rid of.  I didn't realize this has been a problem for many others out there until I read a blog post by Harriete Estel Berman (see "Poor Quality Comments Are Your Content" here).

I use to feel a little neglected when we didn't get as many comments on our blog like others do.  Of course I sometimes don't get around to visiting other sites and commenting as much as I use to either.  I came to realize, however, that as long as we know our readers are enjoying the content of our blog and making use of the information we provide that is encouraging.  We try real hard to provide a site that is easy to read and fun to explore.  That is the main reason we also do not have any form of advertising or things flashing at you when you do visit our site.

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We hope you are enjoying our site and we hope to keep inspiring you the best we can!

In the meantime, here is a little inspiration soon to come:

Yes, I am currently working on the Fall Pantone Fashion Colors and should have the clay recipes to share with you soon!

Luis Fabiano -I-

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gone Fishing -I-

Dave and I have been doing a different type of fishing these days -- even though we live by the water we are sculpting our fish rather than catching them.  Every four years their are larger amounts (in the millions) of salmon returning to spawn in October.  This year is one of those times and so several hundred thousand tourist will be stopping by to see this spectacular event.

This will be our second time participating in the Artisan Market.  We know a little more what to expect this time round so will be better prepared and have already been in high production mode.  We have set aside several days each week where we try to make our "quota" of salmon.  With this plan in action we should be able to have enough made in plenty of time.

Here are some of the salmon ready to attach to various findings to create souvenir items like zipper pulls, key chains and such.