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Am wish to ask something. Today i bought a clay roller, which was quite expensive. But they told me that it is very strong and the clay will never stick to it, since it is made of Teflon. 

But the clay sticks to it. Am doing something wrong? Anyone experience with this?post-62612-0-02512200-1414778945_thumb.jpg

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Is your clay wet?-you could dust a little talc  or corn starch on it before rolling.

I have one of those rollers but its been many years since I used it. Clay will stick if its wet as just sprayed with water. Usually if it dry it will not stick. Is the clay staright from the bag? are you wetting it?

Mak

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Dear Mark, Thank you for your reply. 

The problem is with the clay am using, Witgert Mont Blanc porcelain, that the state between to wet and to dry is very small. So i need to use it a bit wet will it roll out. Otherwise it is to dry again and there will come cracks in the clay. Maybe i need to try it out with a different clay body. Am trying to get slabs of less then a millimeter thickness. It was possible with this clay only once it came right out of the new pack. 

Will try out the talc suggestion. 

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I have never owned one but I once took part in a hands on workshop by Vince Pitelka - slab built tableware - and we were asked to bring a roller as one of our tools.  One of the participants brought one of those teflon rollers and we were all interested since they were pretty new then.  However she had a lot of trouble with clay sticking and so we all lost a lot of that interest.

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I was in the market for a longer roller recently, I looked at various options including all the plasticky derivatives and armed with the knowledge that clay sticks to non-absorbent materials better than absorbent ones decided to wait for the right priced wooden one to come up on eBay.

 

Apart from returning it for a refund, I can only suggest  that if you use a cloth of some sort to roll your clay on, use another layer on top of the clay, I've not tried this, but it may work.

 

 

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