It’s one of my favorite and most used machine in my mini studio. If you have been claying for a while, I’m pretty sure you know how important it is to have this machine in your work space. Not only does this machine help condition the clays, it is also used to flatten clays into thin sheets with equal thickness.
Having a spine problem that seriously affects my hands + my CTS, I don’t think I can ever clay without my clay machine beside me. And the frequent use and change of clay colors leaves clay residues and particles below the roller rod which is quite hard to clean up if one don’t open up the entire machine. Those residues messes up with the clay we condition especially if we are to use several different colors of clay, without cleaning first, for a project.
So today I am going to show you the steps on how I
tear-up clean my pasta machine, which I have divided into three very simple steps. But before we start, first allow me to show you my favorite clay machine cleaner…
Wipe Out Dirt and Stain Remover has been my most used cleaner for most of my clay tools especially when it comes to my pasta machine. I just love it’s versatility, ease of use and most of all ability to take out most hard to remove stains. Do you see those white and blue particles below the roller? That is where most of the clay residues that mixes with the fresh clays that we condition are.
Now that you know what I use to clean my machine, lets go over the 3 parts of cleaning our clay machine, shall we?
What you need:
- Clay / Pasta Machine
- Wipe Out Dirt & Stain Remover
- Screw drivers
- White cloth (dry)
- Cutter Blade
1. Prepare to open up your clay machine.
Okay so when I say prepare, this is actually the part you tear it apart, haha. With the use of your tools, open up your clay machine. You want to start with the bottom part first, remove the screws and when you’re done follow on the side, then slowly remove the side covers leading to the rollers. You actually just have to open up one side (because the other side where the knob to adjust the roller size is just too tough to open) to clean your machine, but if you’re up to
wrecking unscrew the entire clay machine you may do so.
2. Wipe and Clean…
You see all those clays that have accumulated from working with just one set of project? Icky, right? I thought so too. Now how I clean my clay machine is first I gently and carefully scrape off those clays with the use of my blade (the clays tend to harden after a while, especially if you were not able to clean your machine immediately). Then I make sure to wipe every thing (and I mean ALL parts of the machine) clean with the use of Wipe Out dirt and stain remover. It’s my secret to keeping my machines looking new and working new every time, even if I’ve had them for years!
3. Close it up!
After you have cleaned everything, you’re now ready to put back together and close your clay machine. You want to start putting and aligning the rollers kit. Once you have everything in place, you can attach the right side (clay machine facing you) interior piece/plate in place and screw, followed by the outside piece/plate and again secure with the screw. Do the same with the base kit cover and you’re done!
Pretty easy, eh? Now you have a very clean and brand-new looking clay machine that is ready for your next project!
How about you, do you have other ways of cleaning your clay machine? What about your choice of cleaning agent? Please do share with me in the comments. I would love to hear more about it.