Extruding Clay with the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®

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

Extruders are great for creating long continual shapes of clay. The clay can then be used as a border, decorative element in a design or sliced to create multiples of the same shape to be used however you like.

Each extruder works with polymer and metal clay. The Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder is made from stainless steel so will not cause any reactions in your metal clay if it is left to dry on any of the extruder's surfaces (as would be the case if the tool was made from aluminum).
Attach the easy-to-grip T-handle to the end of the barrel of the extruder and tighten into place.
Turn the T-handle until the plunger is close to the bottom end of the barrel, leaving enough room to accommodate the desired amount of clay you will be extruding.
Insert the clay.
Place the shaped extruder die (suitable to the diameter of the tube you need for your design) into the bottom cap of the extruder so it sits flat against the inside rim.
Place the bottom cap onto the barrel and tighten into place. Twist the T-handle to extrude the clay shape.
Use a sharp blade or awl to trim the clay from the extruder.

Apply the clay to your finished design. Be sure to clean the extruder before storing.

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