This is the third extruder I’ve tried, and by gum, we’ve found a winner! My hands are not so strong and they tire easily. I’ve used both the Kemper clay gun, and a version of Makin’s that is a push extruder. Both are lost causes for me… by the time I get 2 inches of usable extruded clay, my hands are shot.
I ordered the “Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder” from E-bay (regular retail price about $20.00 , hoping that the screw-propelled version would work better for me. I made a variegated blue cane today, and I almost wept with joy. No sore hands! Long pretty ropes! Hallelujah!
OK, maybe I’m overstating my point. But when you find a tool that works well and furthers your creative vision, it’s a beautiful thing. So many more possibilities are now opening up for me. I’ll share more extruded goodies once I get some more time to play….
I have to mention that I found it very easy to clean out. The bottom portion that holds the die also attaches with a screw collar. Unscrew, wipe off the die, scrape out the tube with a toothbrush, viola~! You’re good to go.
(ADDED NOTE 4/27/10: I got a tip from a fellow clayer: if you spray the barrel with a little Armour All before you load the clay, it will lubricate it a little more and the clay is even easier to remove. Nice.)
My seven-year-old came home from school and tried it out, too. He says it’s cool.
Bottom line: it’s utterly CRAFTASTIC!!!
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