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The Most Basic of Polymer Clay Basics

Polymer Clay Tips for Beginners - The Blue Bottle TreeThere are many good sources for basic information about polymer clay. This Polymer Clay tutorial page is meant to be a helpful start for those unfamiliar with the wonderful versatile art medium. Polymer clay artists are still finding new ways to make art with clay, and there is an endless number of techniques, projects, and possibilites with this clay! I personally believe that time spent being creative (without intention of harm) lends itself to mental, emotional and spiritual fitness. I am so grateful that polymer clay has become a part of my journey.

Conditioning Polymer Clay

Different brands of clay have a different feel right out of the package. Some clays are fairly hard feeling, some are quite soft. Regardless of how they feel right out of the package it is important to condition. As a general rule of thumb, the amount of manipulation to condition is gauged by the amount of manipulation it takes to blend two different colors into one color. Conditioning can be achieved by hand, or using a pasta machine.

The first Fimo Classic clay I purchased I ended up cutting it into small bits, then placing it in a pulsing small food chopper with some Quick Mix. Although more difficult to condition than soft clays, it enjoys a reputation as an excellent clay to cane with.

Fimo Soft clay, is much easier to condition.

Cernit clay was easy for me to condition right out of the package, running slices through a pasta machine. If hand conditioning, just remember the two colors into one rule.

The same was true of Premo Clay.

I’ve used a conditioning tip by Mike Wasmer for Kato Clay, and that is using a rubber mallet and my basement floor! Kato clay likes to be compressed even before running through the pasta machine and the rubber mallet works well for me. I do sandwich the clay between sheets of plastic deli wrap to keep it clean. After several times folding a pounded ‘pancake’ in half and re-pounding it conditions up nicely. If you choose to condition in this manner take care to pound from the folded edge outwards, to avoid air pockets being trapped in the clay!

However you condition, try to avoid trapping air in the clay. Trapped air will become a problem for you, so best to avoid. ; When running clay through a pasta machine, place it folded edge into the rollers, or the folded edge to one side, so air has a path of escape. If you do have air pockets in clay, (they will be visible as bumps on the surface of the clay) pierce them, compress the clay with fingers to push the air out, and/or roll through a pasta machine from the thickest setting to a much thinner setting. The carefully fold and roll through to a wider setting. Air trapped in a bead can lead to cracked beads – or any other polymer clay item.

Especially while caning, it is desirable to have all clay colors used be the same consistency. Even among brands I’ve not found all colors to be created equally! If polymer clay is too soft and pliable, it can be rolled out and placed between two layers of unprinted paper. Left overnight, the clay will absorb some of the plasticiser. If the clay is too stiff, there are products available to help soften it. I personally add some translucent clay of the same brand. Translucent clays seem to be the softest of the clays offered by all the manufacturers.
Curing Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is man-made, requiring heat to cure (harden). Each of the clay manufacturers prints the recommended curing temperature on the packaging. Following the recommended curing temperature is important, an oven thermometer is a good investment. If different brands of clay are mixed, cure at the one with the lower temperature, and cure for a longer period of time.

If the temperature gets too high, the clay will char, the fumes released are not good. If the temperature is too low, it will not fully cure and there will be lack of stability of the piece. Time for curing averages 20 minutes per 1/4 Inch of thickness, as a general rule.

A dedicated toaster or convection oven is a good investment. A home oven can be used, many recommend using a couple of liked size pans to create an oven in the oven. A pan can be used and covered with aluminum foil as well. Simply place your work in the bottom pan, invert one of the same size and place on top. Some metal office clips can be used to clamp the two pans together. That will contain any by products of curing clay confined. Once any object is used for polymer clay it should then be dedicated to clay only.

Because Polymer clay hardens in heat, do not leave it in your car during warm temperature months. Never put polymer clay in a microwave oven.

Polymer Clay Storage

One of the things I love best about polymer clay is that it has a long shelf life. I don’t have to worry about it getting dry or hard before I’m ready for that to happen. The chemical make up of polymer clay prevents it from being user friendly with some other plastics. As an example, it will eat holes in Styrofoam. I personally love the plastic deli wrap sheets I purchased from my local grocery store butcher. I sometimes use a dedicated container for a project, using only deli sheets to separate colors all in the same box. Canes can be wrapped in plastic wrap or wax paper, and stored in a protected container. There are times when I’ve left some clay on my work area, but since I have a cat, I simply cover everything I’ve left out with a cloth. I keep a dedicated container for scrap clay, and I just drop it in without pressing together. I’ve gone through that later and separated into color families, and have come up with some awesome colors. Some clays have glitter in them, or fibers that are included to give them a stone look. I do not include those in my dedicated scrap contained. The fibers are not good if I want to use my scrap for caning. There is just no reason not to use uncured polymer clay in one way or another! There really are countless ways.

Speaking of Color

I highly recommend to anyone sufficiently smitten’ with polymer clay to experiment with mixing colors. Using primaries red, yellow and blue, plus white to lighten, black to darken you can play for days!! Or, like colors used in ink jet printers, you can choose Cyan, Magenta, and yellow clays, borrowing from the CYMK (K being black) . Writing formulas on color samples will be a great reference when you wish to re-create a mixed color.

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Roulette Wheels

Roulette wheels are a display piece in many homes. Many antique collectors actually like to find and restore old wheels, using them as display pieces in their homes. Most people who buy roulette wheels, however, have more on their mind than aesthetic value. They are more interested in entertaining and having a good time. I personally fall in the latter category.

The game of roulette stretches back a long time, back into the 1700s. Its popularity has swelled nearly every year since its creation. Unlike craps and poker, roulette doesn’t take a long time to learn. You can learn and effectively play the roulette wheels in a few minutes.

History of Roulette Wheels

Not surprisingly, roulette is a French word that means “small wheel.” A number of interesting stories exist about the origin of roulette, the most popular of which involves a man by the name of Blaise Pascal. This 17th century French mathematician is credited with the invention of roulette. The application of the roulette wheel was a bit of an accident as Pascal was trying to create a device capable of creating perpetual motion. Pascal’s friend believed the device could be used in gambling.

Another legend is a little far fetched, but it’s amusing to mention. If you add all the numbers on a roulette wheel together, you get the number 666, the sign of the devil. Many mystic gamblers believe the great Francois Blanc, founder of the first casinos in Monte Carlo, sold his soul to Satan. In return, Satan gave him the irresistible game of roulette. Some believe the spinning of roulette wheels signifies the downward spiral into hell. Whatever the real origin of roulette may be, it is indisputably irresistible.

How To Win at Roulette Table Every Time You Bet -The A to Z of Roulette

How To Win at Roulette Table Every Time You Bet -The A to Z of Roulette 

Gambling has been in existence from pre historic period. One is amazed with stories of lost kingdoms and also of lovely dames by unscrupulous gambling and greed. Never in the history of human civilization had gambling been recognized as a means of getting rich or becoming affluent. Still the mysterious human mind unbridled by the greed of making quick bucks try its luck in many a casino the world over.

Having accepted and recognized gambling as a necessary evil and inevitable past time one has to master the art of the sport. In the wonderland of gambling though many games are popular, Roulette is certainly the most popular, perhaps the only contender being the poker. Crowded roulette table is a common sight in any busy casino with both players and spectators holding their breath through out the session. Many a player have made thousand s of dollars playing in this spinning wheel with a ball rolling in the opposite direction, the fall of which determines the fortune and the failure of these maverick gamblers. However the fact is that many lose in this wonderful game due to lack of understanding of the game , over betting greed to earn more and more without any stipulated target or limit and perhaps by sheer ill luck.

One has to learn the basics of the game to make a beginning. A game session in a roulette start from selling the chips to the players. Each player gets different set of chips from the rest of the players of roulette in the same table. Normally chip comes in about a dollar, though it might vary from casino to casino.

The game of roulette evolves around the spinning wheel fixed on the table numbered from 1 to 36.half of the wheel is painted in red while the other half is in black. There are two green numbers marked as “0” and “00”. In the wheel each number can hold the ball that is running in opposite direction once the wheel comes to a halt as the numbers are pocketed. The payment for win is based on the number in which the ball has landed and the number of players in the round.

 The game of roulette is indeed an exciting game where if one is successful  can make a good fortune. On the other hand if reckless it can lead to penury over a period of time. It is a game of entertainment and high stakes. The house advantage in the game is high. As a novice like any other game one need to be a spectator for some time and should try to master the tricks of the game. Once confident it is better advised to bet for small stakes and slowly build up the bet amount since in case of continuous loss the urge for win may land one in hefty ;losses over many rounds. One needs to be a well strategist and need to be contended with a good beginning. Winning the game is a different experience altogether and the lady luck can smile at you any time on the table. What is that matter more is the cautious approach that is to be followed by the novice and try to know more and more about the intricacies of the game.

With the advent of the internet the game of roulette has gone online the online roulette game has all the thrill of the normal off line game except the hustle and the bustle around the table and the heated discussions in between the games. One has to be very careful on online game and one is well advised to try his luck only in reputable sites. There may be luring offers but one has to check the reviews of the site and the payment history to ensure that the site is not a scam. The added advantage of the online game is that one would be well restrained in gambling and it is always easy to quit the play on a losing spree since there may not be comparisons and ego clashes among the players. Further you are not alone in the casino table in an online game as some of your family members or friends may be beside while you try your luck in an n online roulette game. The game is quite popular as it can be played by any age group and the stakes are less for the determined.

The first point to be remembered in a game of roulette is the strategy of the player. This is all the more applicable for the novice and the newbie. As all of you know any investment is followed without a strategy it will end upon colossal loss. In a bullish market one cannot hang on scripts for long and one is well advised to book the profits at a level perceived by the investor. Similarly in a game of roulette also one cannot go on testing the rare favor of the lady luck ,as no strong player can be a winner for ever as per the theory of probability. This is all the more relevant in this game and a well thought out strategy would necessarily help the beginner to avoid losses and enjoy the game.

A well planned strategy has to keep in mind several aspects of the game. The first and the foremost among them are about setting limits. By setting limits we mean not only setting limits for loss but for gains also. Many a good players have become pauper just because they forget or refused to stop at their zenith of gain on sessions. One has to set limit for the loss and the win a day and these limits gas to be adhered to whatever may be the provocations. It may be easy to set the limited but implementing the same requires good nerves and will. Hence it is said that in the game of gambling and speculations the winner is always the one with the will and iron nerves which is seldom found.

As we have seen the game of roulette is game of luck and one cannot help reduce the house advantage or edge. The game is decided on luck and the theory of probability. However there are certain places that offer special rules. European roulette rules are better than the American roulette. In some places there is a rule called surrender that is applicable to outside bets that pay even money. Should the ball land on a “00” the player loses half the bet and instead of the whole amount. In American roulette houses the house advantage is higher. The extra green space mentioned in the beginning of the article the “00” gives the house an advantage and makes it 5.5% unlike in the European roulette where it is only 2.7%.

Another important rule that is prevalent in Europe alone is the ‘En prison’ this is applicable only for outside even money bet. In such cases should the ball lands in “0” the player does not lose the bet in case the rule is applicable and instead is carried forward for the next round and the player gets one more chance to try his luck. If he wins in the next rounds he gets his due without extra earnings. On the other hand if he losses the bet gets over. However if again the ball falls on in “0” the system is continued and the bets carries over again to the third round. In such cases the house advantage gets reduced to 1.35.

The game of roulette is known as game of sheer luck and the player has little control over the house edge. There is little room for the player to make strategy or planning. A beginner can well start playing on numerous online sites to have a feel of the game and get acquainted with the rules of the game. There are sites that allow play for entertainment and fun initially.

A few handy tips would go a long way in making a good bet. The timing and the amount that can be set apart for the bet are the 2 basic things that safeguard against the loss. One needs to set a maximum limit upto which he would play. Playing the roulette without deciding the money that can be put at risk would only lead to chaos and despair. As the results of the game are based on the theory of probability not all time one can win or lose. One need to remember that even a winning spree also should not prompt one to continue for ever. The control and the contentment is the key to success. If one decides that he would play for a 500 dollars irrespective of the lose or win one need to make a full stop to the play once that magical figure is reached either by loss or by gain. Many an untold story can be heard at casinos about reckless gambling that has made many affluent, impoverished and still loitering in the casino halls with the hope of a come back. One should bear in mind that even the greatest gambler on the universe has not won all his bets.

A good player is one who enjoys the game and not the money alone. Play a few rounds by putting a fixed amount at stake so that you could continue enjoying the game for ever.

Another point is about playing in full tables. That would give around 30 spins an hour that would help reduce the time during which your money is exposed to the house edge. One should be careful to bet on even and odd numbers as there is the theory of probability at work. The house edge vary depending upon the system for example The American Roulette gives an edge of 5.26 % with 38 numbers in the slot as a result of the additional “00” slot. The European edge on the other hand is less with 37 numbers. In a five number bet the American roulette gives a house edge of 7.29%.

Lastly a few tips on the various types of bets. Bets are of two types inside and outside bets. This pays 35 to 1. the bet that pays 17 to 1 is known as split bet that is a wager on 2 numbers.Though this is safer than the aearlier straight up bet the odds are against the player. The next is the line bet or street bet where the bet is on a whole row of numbers. Here the pay out is fixed at 11 to 1. Another bet is the corner bet in which the chip is placed in such a way it touches the 4 corners of the number being hit. The payout here is 8 to 1. The worst bet in the game of the Roulette is the Basket bet the bet being on 5 numbers i.e. 0, 00 and numbers 1,2and 3. The pay out is 6 to 1. there are 2 more bets the final inside bet which is a double street bet the wager being on six numbers with a payout of 5to 1. The last one being the outside bets viz. the dozen bet and the column bet both 12 number bets with a pay out of 2 to 1. 

Roulette is good pastime game of gambling if properly played. The strategy, the will to quit at the appropriate time, a bit of luck, all these factors makes a good bettor. One need to remember the universal theory of ethics that even in a game of gambling one should not be greedy and set his limits and give space for others.

How to turn the odds in your favor at the roulette table

Everyone wants to make some easy money, but in this day and age it is becoming increasingly hard to do. Well, using the column bets at the bottom of the table, I have created a foolproof strategy to turn the odds back in your favor at the roulette table!



Understand the rules

To use this strategy, make sure you have at least a basic understanding of the rules of Roulette. This strategy manipulates the "column" bets, or the bets at the bottom of the table. Each of these bets has a 1 to 3 chance of winning, so they all pay 2 to 1.


Place your bets, please

If you put, say, a $1 chip on column 1 and another $1 chip on column 2, you have a two thirds chance of coming back with a $3 chip, giving you a pure profit of $1. However, you also have a one third chance of losing two dollars.


Apply the strategy

This is where my strategy comes in. Say that the wheel lands on column 3 and you lose your two dollars. Then all you have to do is triple up both chips, so that you have a $3 chip on column one and a $3 chip on column two. If the wheel lands on either column one or column two, you earn a gross profit of $9. when you subtract the $3 chip you just lost, as well as the $2 you lost in the round before, you end up with a pure profit of $1.


Repeat until you cash out

Say that the wheel lands on column 3 a second time. Just triple up both chips again, so that you have $9 on column one and $9 on column two, and if you win you will always end up with a pure profit of one dollar. All that you have to do is bet on the same two columns every time and every time you lose triple up both bets. When played correctly, this is a foolproof system that puts the odds in your favor.