Clay Extruder...help!!!

Decorating By stmarys04 Updated 14 Feb 2010 , 5:47am by Texas_Rose

stmarys04 Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 10:31pm
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Hi, I'm not sure how this forum works so I may even be posting in the wrong place but here goes anyway! I recently purchased a Sculpey Clay Extruder so as to create grass and hair..etc, however try as I might I can't seem to get the fondant to push through the interchangeable discs!!
Any advice, trips or tricks would greatly be appreciated as after about 2 hours of getting nowhere and very sore fingers I'm puzzled and still grass and hairless!!!
Kind Regards
Louise!!
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BlakesCakes Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:11pm
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If you bought a plastic one with a push plunger, you'll need to add a ton of crisco to the fondant in order to get it thru the small holed disks. The fondant should be the consistency of well chewed chewing gum.

I strongly suggest that when possible, you ditch the plastic plunger extruder and invest in the Makins Ultimate Clay Extruder (you can google it and find it at various places online, sometimes on Ebay). It is a light green metal extruder witha "T" twist handle. It is easy to work and you don't get sore hands or need to add tons of crisco--just a small amount.

HTH
Rae

sweetjan Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:31pm
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I'm with BlakesCakes.....love the Makins Extruder~

pattycakesnj Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:48pm
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ditto that, the green makins is great

greengyrl26 Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:49pm
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YES! I had a push extruder and almost killed myself trying to push fondant thru it! Then I switched to the Makins Ultimate Extruder (the twitsty one) and IT IS AWESOME!!!

alene Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 12:02am
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I have to agree, Makins Ultimate Clay Extruder! Love mine!

mamawrobin Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 12:12am
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I agree the Makin's Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder is awesome. Worth every penny.

prterrell Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 12:38am
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GSA now carries that extruder. I just got one. icon_biggrin.gif

Evoir Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 12:59am
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What kind of price are we looking at with the Makins?

Lcubed82 Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 1:10am
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Hobby Lobby has 26.99. Get a 40% coupon to help!

Bunsen Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 1:14am
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Originally Posted by Evoir

What kind of price are we looking at with the Makins?




Over here they are around $45 - I got mine here...

http://www.polymerclay.com.au/clay-tools-clay-extruders-c-21_45_422.html

I agree they are worth buying - never have to add anything to the fondant, just knead it a little first.

Edited to add:
Just checked on Amazon.com and they are US$17 so even with shipping with the exchange rate being in our favour it's probably cheaper to order from the US!

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 1:23am
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Central TX, can't find them at Hobby Lobby.

I bought mine from http://designmeacake.com/catalog/i8.html

Edna will never do you wrong.

alene Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 1:42am
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I think I bought mine off of e-bay. Think with shipping and everything, it was about $20...maybe. Can't really remember now.

Evoir Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 2:05am
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Bunsen - I saw them on sBay (.au) for $45 plus $8.50 postage too, but haven't had any luck finding that kind of extruder in shops where I live.

I currently use a tortuous scupley-type extruder like the one OP mentioned, and I've been coveting a new extruder that my Cake Dec. supplier stocks...but its about $120!!! It DOES look good though, as the handle is one you squeeze towards the tube of fondant...so if you are putting it dorectly onto a cake, I think it would be a comfortable grip and holding method.

SpringFlour Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 2:17am
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I ordered mine form JoAnn's (dot) com. With a 40% off coupon, I got it for about $12, plus $4 or so in shipping.

Olivia02 Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 5:33am
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Michaels carrys them too. About the same price as Hobby Lobby. $24.99 or so but it is $ very well spent. Plus get the coupon and you'll save some $. I did the same mistake and bought the push extruder first thinking that it should work well since Ive seen it being used before and it cost about 1/3 less. BIG mistake.

tonedna Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 5:47am
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The Ultimate clay extruder it is definitively worth every penny. The plastic one doesnt work as well.
I will say this, is best to work it with gumpaste, or of you want to use fondant, add some tylose to it to give it strenght and elasticity.
Edna icon_smile.gif

madgeowens Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 5:48am
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Mine seems really hard to turn the stuff out...am I doing something wrong?

xstitcher Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 6:32am
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I think the Sculpey extruder is metal as well but it's a push type like the plastic one that Makin's makes. I know I've seen a "how to" on-line on how to adapt a caulking gun to use with the Sculpey extruder to make it easier to push through but as I've been having issues with my other computer I can't recall exactly where. I'm sure if you do a search you should be able to find it. The first thing I saw though was this, it has a picture so should give you an idea on what it should look like:
http://www.poly-tools.com/product/AD

xstitcher Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 6:35am
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I just found it:

http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/cyclopedia/clayguns.html

I thought it might be handy for any of you who can't get the Makin's Professional Extruder as easily as we can.

Melnick Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 6:48am
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I got my Makin's from ebay. This American store http://stores.shop.ebay.com.au/Fast-Penguins__W0QQ_armrsZ1 was cheaper with postage to Australia than buying it in Australia.

tonedna Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 7:05am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by madgeowens

Mine seems really hard to turn the stuff out...am I doing something wrong?




Wich one you have?

Edna icon_smile.gif

madgeowens Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 7:54am
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Makin prof

rheasgma Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 8:53am
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Edna sells them on her website. www.designmeacake.com Go to her store, then gumpaste tools.

madgeowens Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:34am
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I already have one, but find it hard to turn most of the time

AverageMom Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:48am
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Madge, mine is hard to turn too. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. The fondant is soft, but for some reason the handle just doesn't want to crank properly.

madgeowens Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 4:46am
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yes.........where are you putting the black rubber washer? I received no directions saying where that goes haha.........I think I am not a good extruder

stmarys04 Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 4:38pm
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Thanks to every one who offered some advice. I've decided to bin the sculpey and go with the Makin...hopefully saving myself and my hands some pain!!....Thank you!

Texas_Rose Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 3:17am
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

yes.........where are you putting the black rubber washer? I received no directions saying where that goes haha.........I think I am not a good extruder




The black rubber washer goes around the metal disc that pushes the fondant out. It already has one rubber washer in the right place, and the other one is a spare, so just put it away until the original breaks. I've had mine two years now and the original washer is as good as when I bought it.

Texas_Rose Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 4:39am
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How did you break your foot, Gomo? I broke mine before falling off platform shoes. Didn't hurt too bad really and it healed in about two months. I was walking on it two days after I broke it. When I broke my leg it was a whole different story though...that still hurts and it has been a year.

You have to be careful with the pain meds too...my doc handed them out like candy and I don't remember the second half of Feb last year, or March or April.

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