SO...cleaning the pugmill... WOW. What a pain in my ass thus far. LOL I pugged all the clay that I could, as stated in the instruction manual that came with my pugmill. There are only 4 bolts that attach the hopper/cylinder to the auger. But let me tell you what! Those bolts are attached very tightly and took me almost an hour to loosen/remove! I just about stripped one of them...but I got it! Hopefully I can just do a good hand
|^ PAIN IN THE ASS BOLT ^|
|Almost Stripped It...|
I know there is extra that gets left during the pugging process but didn't realize it was that much. Anyone else have that issue? I could be doing something wrong...but I do my best to follow the instructions to a T... Ah well. So once I got all the clay scraped clean from the auger and the hopper, I decided to take a break! (**Side Note - I lined a cardboard box with a garbage bag, and use this to hold my mixed, pugged clay. To separate the layers, I use old clay bags. Works quite nicely!! **) Let the clay remnants dry up so I can finish scraping the tid-bits off and get it sparkling clean. And that's where I am thus far. It might go more quickly if I had a helper, but the hubby had a "boys weekend" with a few of his friends, so it was just me and the munchkin boy for the weekend...and I wanted to see if I could do it by myself. I'm at a total of 2.5 hours I think...
Do you have a pugmill? If you do, what brand do you have? How do you clean it out? Does it result in that much leftover clay? Looking forward to your responses!!
TTFN! Time to get back at it and finish it up so I can experiment with making my first batch of paperclay....using newspaper pulp that I made.. hehe Stay tuned for that endeavor as well!