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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:47 am 
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This may be of interest to some people. Although she does use a pasta machine - I am sure it could be roled out:

http://runningonink.blogspot.com/2008/01/buttons.html

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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:33 pm 
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Those look nice!

You can make buttons with shrink plastic too - cut or punch your shape from your shrink plastic then use an eyelet punch to make the 'sewing holes'. Shrink with your heat gun and you have a custom button. You can colour your plastic or stamp a design on it etc before shrinking it.

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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:25 pm 
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These look great!
I haven't played with fimo for years - I wonder if my stuff has any 'squish' left in it :D

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You can buy a conditioner block that can help with older fimo - but I would defo recommend the pasta machine if you do this as its alot of squashing and rolling otherwise. You basically mix lumps with the old fimo and knead until soft again - leave it on a radiator to soften before starting though.

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Will try this with the kids next week :)

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Haven't got a pasta machine, but may have a go at this. Thanks Carolyn

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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:49 am 
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If anyone is interested, Argos are selling their pasta machines off at the moment at £7 odd. I wouldn't be without mine for claying, it makes conditioning the clay so much easier. It's not so bad if you use a soft clay like fimo soft, but if you use a firmer clay like kato, then it is a killer conditioning it by hand. Plus you can do so much more stuff if you have a pasta machine.

A tip for anyone who has a pasta machine, if you take it apart to clean old stuck clay out from between the rollers etc (you will be amazed how much gets stuck in there) when you have removed the front plate that covers the rollers - don't bother to put it back on - it means you can easily get to any clay that is stuck between the rollers and remove it with a coctail stick.

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£7 that is good - hmm - not played with Fimo for ages...but that is a bargain

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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:21 pm 
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Carolyn wrote:
£7 that is good - hmm - not played with Fimo for ages...but that is a bargain


It certainly is a bargain. I thought of getting another one for just using with white clay, but I already take enough of the kitchen up when I am claying as it is, without having 2 pasta machines out. Now if I had a bigger craft room I wouldn't have to clay in the kitchen at all!!!

Actually the next best thing after a pasta machine is a motor for it, I haven't got one yet, but everyone who has swears blind by them, so eventually I want a new pasta machine and a motor.

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Damn i saw a pasta machine at a car boot a couple weeks back £2 but i couldnt think what i would use it for ...i am kicking myself now lol
Those buttons look great fun to make thanx for sharing with us xx jo xx

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could you not put tinfoil over your cuttlebug plates and run it through there?

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that is a thought - has anyone tried this?

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