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Monday Craft Review : AMACO Clay Machine

on May 13, 2013

404lgHappy Monday my fellow CR8TiV people !! Today I’d like to spend time on reviewing my recent Craft purchase with Birthday money I had received from my family. I am reviewing the AMACO Clay Machine or as some call the Clay Pasta Machine. If you are a clay crafter the Clay machine is a great MUST-HAVE to making even thickness sheets of clay and to soften *newly* opened packs of clay. I’m not saying I’m an old lady with Arthritis but I have to admit some of the *newly* opened packages of clay are pretty hard and hand softening before I got this clay machine was a chore that left my hands sore and achy. You still have to work the clay a little before shoving it through the clay machine but very light work to just squish into a semi-flat slab then let the machine do the rest.

Now if you were to go to a site like Amazon.com and look up this product you’ll come across alot of negative reviews. I wouldn’t give this such a negative review. I mean I would give it probably 4 outta 5 stars on minor technicalities like the handle which you use to turn the machine tends to pop out while you’re cranking, the non-slip pads on the bottom aren’t neatly trimmed but rather blobby squares glued into each corner, and the clamp is practically useless. But like I said these are minor issues ! Otherwise the clay machine is solid and does it’s job nicely.

For the minor issue they can easily be addresses with a trip to a Hardware store like Home Depot. You replace the non-slip grip squares with something more neater. Home Depot sells alot of different non-slip grip sheets which you can easily cut to size with scissors or an exacto knife. As for the useless clamp that comes with the clay machine … replace it with a industrial use wood-working clamp or an all-purpose clamp. Make sure to find a clamp that has some cushioned pads between the clamp heads so that it doesn’t mark/damage your table or work surface.

One suggestion I found when working with clay that you might wanna grab during your trip to the Hardware store is a Marble tile. A fellow clay crafter said the clay does not stick to the Marble tile surface and being it’s a non-porous surface the colors of the clay with not stain into the surface. It’s easily cleaned by a wipe of a damp sponge and for a full cleaning just take it to your sink to give it a wash with soap and water. If you have any hardware recycling centers/builders recycling centers you can get a Marble tile or even a size as large as a cutting board for just pennies. A cheaper option is to buy a cheap non-stick cutting mat and dedicate it ONLY to clay.

Umm … I’m straying a bit from the review. Sorry about that ! (=_=”) Mainly this seems like a solid clay machine that I have not had any major issues with. This brand was recommended to me by a very skilled sculptor and I myself would recommend this clay machine. It requires a few minor changes to make it more sturdy like the replacement of the clamp, non-slip feet, and finding way to keep the crank handle from popping off. I just wrap some masking tape or electrical tape around the end of the crank so that it tightens the grip inside and take the tape off when I’m done with the machine. Overall it’s the brand I think is most best to buy.

 

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