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Posted on January 13, 2015 in Product Reviews by Katie Oskin
NEVERKnead is a polymer clay conditioning machine that hit the market in 2014 and had it’s debut at the IPCA Conference “ARCHES” in August.
One of the things that is essential to quality workmanship, strength, and durability of clay is proper conditioning. Just because clay might feel “soft” does not mean that it is conditioned. Conditioning polymer clay lines up the ‘polymers’ to make the clay strong. Unless you want a brittle piece of art, you must be sure that each and every time you use clay that it is fully conditioned into a workable state.
Often it is this conditioning process that most polymer artists hate, especially when using tough clays like Kato or Cernit polymer clay. Even softer clays like Premo! or Pardo take quite a bit of conditioning to get them ready to work. For people with arthritis, without pasta machines (and even those with pasta machines), or those who lack strength, conditioning clay can be a chore and in many cases a barrier to working with polymer.
The NEVERKnead takes a little bit of assembly out of the box. However, in less than 5 minutes you can have your NEVERKnead set up and ready to go. Watch the video below to see a brief demonstration. Product review, pro’s, con’s, and additional information can be found in the text below.
Some of you may find this an unfair comparison, however, I have heard it suggested by numerous people that this machine replaces your pasta machine. Let’s take a moment to discuss this. For a really hard, stiff, & crumbly block of clay, this machine is an absolute lifesaver. It will save damage, wear, tear, & grief over using your pasta machine (or a hammer) to condition those absolutely wretched blocks of clay that refuse to cooperate.
However, this machine will in no way replace my pasta machine. It is true that this machine can create a solid color blend. I did run a test experiment on this. It took me approximately 5 minutes to blend clay to make 2 oz. of my new Spruce color. Even the demonstration of this test on NEVERKnead.com takes over 6 minutes to completely blend into a solid color. The exact same blend on my pasta machine took about 4 minutes. Now this being said and all things being fair. I’ve been using a pasta machine for about 6 years … I’ve used a NEVERKnead for about a week. I’m not as agile with the NEVERKnead as I am with my pasta machine.
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