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Tutorial - extruder bead
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:49:14 PM »
Here is the tutorial for the beads in my avatar, these beads are a different colour but the method is exactly the same.

make scrap clay beads  as the base.

01 by polynana, on Flickr

Fill the extruder with random bits of clay in colours of your choice.

02 by polynana, on Flickr

cover the base bead in the extruded clay

04 by polynana, on Flickr

roll the bead smooth or you can leave the bead textured

05 by polynana, on Flickr

pierce the hole and bake

07 by polynana, on Flickr

Some more I made with the same technique

Random Planets green r31 by polynana, on Flickr
« Last Edit: April 11, 2011, 09:59:55 PM by polynana »

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 10:03:40 PM »
Superb!

I love these beads. They are so effective and I love how you could use all different scraps of colours leftover from other projects to make them.

Must be fun trying out all the different colour combos.

Thanks for a great tute with super photos.

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 10:15:58 PM »
Thank you for sharing this, do you varnish yours or leave them matte? I imagine both would look good.

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 10:26:27 PM »
Glad you like it.
 Shirley, I like to varnish my beads but the ones in the picture at the bottom, the green ones, are matte, I really liked them like that but I had some lovely bronze clay in them and wanted to make it really shine, so I varnished them and they weren't as good. They went darker and you can't make out the colours as well.

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Random Planets Shiny r31 by polynana, on Flickr

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 11:20:50 PM »
This tutorial is great, I have never brought an extruder, I think I am missing out. thanks for the tutorial x

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011, 06:46:46 AM »
Polynana those green and bronze beads are so shiny I was sure they had been varnished. Have they been polished then?
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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 10:28:18 AM »
oops sorry Georgina, the green beads at the end of the tutorial post are the matte ones, the second picture of them I posted were varnished

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 11:23:16 AM »
So if you want you can put one coloue into the extruder or different colours? Does it mix the colours for you? :)
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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2011, 11:53:31 AM »
Well I just smoosh lots of colours altogether into a log and when it's extruded it comes out all random and pretty, you just never know what you're going to get

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2011, 11:58:49 AM »
This is a really fun technique. You could also make a log of scrap clay and lay the strings lengthways to get stripes going the other way.

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2011, 12:10:07 PM »
Great idea

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2011, 12:23:49 PM »
Hi,

Am I correct in assuming that all clay has to be conditioned first before making into a log and putting into extruder?

What is the best extruder to buy?

Thanks
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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2011, 01:32:02 PM »
yes definitely condition first and a makins extruder is the one I use (Emma has them  ;))

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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2011, 01:35:07 PM »
I was reading somewhere that they are quite difficult to use and make your hands sore - what are your views on this?
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Re: Tutorial - extruder bead
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2011, 03:58:07 PM »
I was reading somewhere that they are quite difficult to use and make your hands sore - what are your views on this?

Are you sure it was the Makins type?

The old metal type extruders that look a bit like a syringe, those are really hard to use with polymer clay. But the newer Makins and Walnut hollow style ones are way easier.

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