Cleaning a Clay Extruder

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Once you are done using your extruder, it’s a good idea to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly before storing.

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Remove the bottom cap from the barrel.

Note: The disc may remain in the cap, if so, remove and clean any clay remaining on the disc.

Tip: If working with metal clay, save the clay you collect then add it to your fresh clay or use to make your own metal clay slip (paste).
Remove the T-handle end from the barrel.

Note: The disc may remain on the clay on the plunger, remove the disc then clean any remaining clay from the surface. Remove any clay from the plunger.
Use a tool to remove the oh-ring from around the end of the plunger, then clean the ring and under and around where it rested.
Use a tool to clean the inside of the barrel.
Use a pointed tool to clean the inside ridges of the cap of the barrel.

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