Last week I was back in my clay room happily conditioning clay when the pasta machine motor suddenly made a whining noise, the rollers slowed down and when I felt of the motor is was hot, hot hot. I turned if off, let it cool down and when I turned it back on it heated up very quickly and slowed down again. I shut it off and using a paper towel I wiped the air vents on both sides of the motor...... got lots of black sooty gunk on the paper towels. Once I cleaned off all the gunk I had high hopes that it would work but no such luck.. the motor heated up again. So I immediately ordered a motor from Mona. I'm lost without a motor, I can hand crank a little but it hurts my wrist and takes all the fun out of claying.
So I didn't clay for several days, played with wire instead.
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I used various swirl beads as the focal beads in these pendants.
More wire pendants... no polymer clay on these. I will hang a small bead in the center of the yellow amber pendant.... just haven't found one I like yet.
I was tired of wire .... my new motor hadn't arrived and I was itching to play with clay so I decided to try the old motor one more time.... and guess what, it works fine now. I made a whole bunch of new border canes and it didn't heat up at all..... fixed itself I guess. Got my new motor a couple days later, now I have a back up if the old one conks out again. My advise is to wipe down your motor vents every so often, I know I will from now on.
Here are my border canes.
I used the top cane to make necklace tiles.
and a couple focal beads with the scraps. You may have guessed by now, I really like mirror images.
More border canes.... I haven't made anything with these as yet.
I have more canes in the works and the tute is still in the planning stage, I will get to it one of these days.
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