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  • Extruder Help

    I have been fortunate to purchase an extruder from Emma :-) I know that you can put in different discs of colour which make amazing canes. If however I wanted to make a black cane with a white inner, would I just put half and half clay in the extruder with black at the bottom? Sorry for not trying this but I have a shortage of black clay lol and dont want to waste it
    Would also love any extruder tips!!
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  • #2
    You can use extruders to make components of canes, and then put them together in the normal way. But to be honest, a simple cane of one colour wrapped in another is simpler to make by hand. Just roll a log of the clay you want in the middle, cover it in a sheet of the next colour and so on, Then reduce.

    If you want to make retro style canes using the extruder, they tend to have a more random feel. Just make a plug of clay to go in the extruder that is made of black and white sections. So, roll balls of each colour and flatten them into discs and then stack these alternately into a plug that will fill the extruder barrel.

    Then, when you extrude that plug, you will get a cane that has a variety of cross-sections throughout it. Just cut the extrusion into sections to see the variety.

    if you just fill the barrel with half black, half white - well, you will get a section in the middle where you get a bit of the extrusion containing both colours. But the vast majority will just be all black or all white. So you really do need to make that plug with alternate discs of colour throughout.
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    • #3
      All sounds great- I am considering getting an extruder from you once I have made some money, but I am not sure if it will really revolutionise my bead making. Do you use them a lot Emma? x
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ejralph View Post
        You can use extruders to make components of canes, and then put them together in the normal way. But to be honest, a simple cane of one colour wrapped in another is simpler to make by hand. Just roll a log of the clay you want in the middle, cover it in a sheet of the next colour and so on, Then reduce.

        If you want to make retro style canes using the extruder, they tend to have a more random feel. Just make a plug of clay to go in the extruder that is made of black and white sections. So, roll balls of each colour and flatten them into discs and then stack these alternately into a plug that will fill the extruder barrel.

        Then, when you extrude that plug, you will get a cane that has a variety of cross-sections throughout it. Just cut the extrusion into sections to see the variety.

        if you just fill the barrel with half black, half white - well, you will get a section in the middle where you get a bit of the extrusion containing both colours. But the vast majority will just be all black or all white. So you really do need to make that plug with alternate discs of colour throughout.
        Thats really helpful Emma, thanks a lot!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by craftybeader View Post
          Thats really helpful Emma, thanks a lot!
          You're very welcome!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by microburt View Post
            All sounds great- I am considering getting an extruder from you once I have made some money, but I am not sure if it will really revolutionise my bead making. Do you use them a lot Emma? x
            I use mine alot, but obviously that doesn't mean you would!

            It all depends what type of work you like to do. For me, I might not use the extruder every claying session. But when I do need to extrude clay, such as making little retro canes, strings for filligree work etc - then, well - I wouldn't be without the makins extruder for all the tea in china!

            As to how revolutionary it is - well, not so vital as a pasta machine or tissue blades I would say, but probably third on my list of must-haves!

            Emma
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