Clay Extruder

Decorating By Rachie204 Updated 3 Jul 2010 , 1:04pm by Melvira

Rachie204 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 3:14pm
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I am in need of a clay extruder for my fondant. I am thinking about getting the Makins Ultimate one they have on global sugar art....I like all the different discs that come with it. I also like that you twist the top rather than squeeze...does anyone have this one? Do you like it? Anyone have any other recommendations?
TIA

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mayo2222 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 3:49pm
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Yes, it is a great clay extruder and I think you will find that most people on here have this one.

I got my at JoAnn. com and used a coupon, saves a nice amount of money. Normally you can just google joann coupon and find one.

Rachie204 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 3:58pm
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thanks so much...i didn't know that Jo-Ann's had them. Sweet i'm gonna look for a coupon. So excited to get a new cake tool icon_lol.gif

mamawrobin Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 4:00pm
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Makins Ultimate Clay extruder is the one that I have. Twist handle is a MUST...LOL...Bought mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon...for $12.49. It's one of my cake tools that I would replace immediately should something happen to it. Love that thing. icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 4:13pm
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The one you guys are talking about mist be a larger version of the one I have... would you mind giving me a link to check it out? I have the smallish green metal one with the twist top and I don't like it because it hardly holds ANY fondant/gumpaste. It's great if you just need a tiny little bit of something, but for doing borders, etc. it doesn't hold enough to go around.

mayo2222 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 4:41pm
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No, I think we are still talking about the same one as yours Melvira. Mines doesn't hold that much either

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 4:43pm
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Ok, that's the one I have. Except it came in a green bottom, clear top plastic carrying case. As I said earlier, it's not for doing 'big' jobs. I like the borders where the only 'break' is where the two ends come together, but with this one, you end up with 2 or 3 more depending on how big the cake is. It's a decent little extruder though, I don't mean to sound so negative. I just wish I had a bigger one. icon_rolleyes.gif We always want 'more', don't we? icon_lol.gif

mayo2222 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 4:44pm
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If you are wanting something larger, for a continous border you are probably looking at something like these: http://www.clay-king.com/extruderlist.htm

Cindy619 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:02pm
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I have the Makin's one as well and really enjoy using it. I use it for detailed work so I don't really mind not being able to fit too much in it at a time. This week I've used it to make a tiara and barbed wire -- the scary part is that they are both for the same cake icon_wink.gif

TexasSugar Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:03pm
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Micheals has a new one from a different brand, but it has the screw end as well, not the plunger. icon_smile.gif

frizzyhead Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:04pm
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I recall being on a forum about this extruder & one of the members said that she had a michaels by her but not a a Joanns or a hobby lobby. Anyway, I went to michaels the other day and they have clay extruders now its not the Makin but its very similar with all the discs there was a "new" sign next to it. I bought it & so far so good. Also, there was a lady checking out in front of me at michaels & she was gonna use a Joanns coupon & the worker said as of @ 3 wks ago they do not honor other coupons anymore, just thought I would let everyone know, although it could still be different policies in a different State. I live in MI.

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:11pm
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Originally Posted by Cindy619

I have the Makin's one as well and really enjoy using it. I use it for detailed work so I don't really mind not being able to fit too much in it at a time. This week I've used it to make a tiara and barbed wire -- the scary part is that they are both for the same cake icon_wink.gif




That sounds like a cake I'd like!! icon_biggrin.gif

I don't mean to make it sound like this is not a good tool, and I'm sorry if I did. I really do like it and use it!! I just wish I had a bigger one for those times I need it. You know I had originally ordered one from a place... I want to say it was that same place linked to above... but after they kept giving me excuses as to why it hadn't gotten to me yet, I started to feel like maybe there was a legitimacy issue and asked for my money back. I had paid with PayPal I believe so they couldn't really argue. They hadn't even sent the item after several weeks. Maybe it was a legit issue, but it just felt wrong so I bailed. You just never know when you're ordering on the internet, you have to protect yourself. I should order one now and see how it goes.

I am NOT dissing that company... like I said, might've been a totally legit back-ordered situation, I just wasn't being patient because after waiting that long for the item, the job I had ordered it for was that weekend and I had to go out and get the Makins one at Michael's. I guess I was just irked, as sometimes happens. icon_rolleyes.gif I have infinite patience right up until I lose it, ya know? Hehehe.

Cindy619 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:19pm
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I hear ya! I'm dealing with that right now with a company regarding some cutters I purchased, waited a month to find they were on back order, was refunded, then told they were in, purchased again, waited...oops back order again...grrr...

In any case, I agree regarding the borders though - it would be much nicer to have a large extruder for that.

Rachie204 - what were you planning on using the extruder for? I think if you are going for detailed work, etc. then the Makins one would be perfect. However, if you plan on using it primarily for borders on your cakes then maybe look into a larger one.

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:29pm
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Ugh, that stinks!! Hope you get the cutters issue worked out. It's so frustrating, especially when it's something you're REALLY looking forward to!

tesso Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:32pm
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I just bought that exact extruder this past weekend and havent had a chance to open it yet.. I hope I like .. if not I have the receipt!!

IDOCAKES2 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:43pm
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If you are looking for an outstanding Clay Extruder that will work with large as well as small cakes then try the one from Artway Tools. They were at a Cake Show and I bought one. It is amazing. No problem squeezing out either gum paste or fondant. Works with all of the disks from all of the other guns, but they also have a wide selection of discs to choose from. The Extruder is expensive, but worth evey penny. I think they have a demo on u-tube too.

Elaine

Rosie2 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by IDOCAKES2

If you are looking for an outstanding Clay Extruder that will work with large as well as small cakes then try the one from Artway Tools. They were at a Cake Show and I bought one. It is amazing. No problem squeezing out either gum paste or fondant. Works with all of the disks from all of the other guns, but they also have a wide selection of discs to choose from. The Extruder is expensive, but worth evey penny. I think they have a demo on u-tube too.

Elaine


Do you mind sharing how much you paid for it?

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:56pm
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Thank you IDOCAKES2!! I always like hearing how people like their tools if it's more than a few bucks invested. Awesome!

Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:58pm
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IDOCAKES2 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:01pm
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Clay Extruder was $78.00. They gave me 3 free disks, and I bought the adapter for $4.00 so I could use my disks from my other Extruder. I think this has 900 lbs. of pressure when you squeeze.

Rachie204 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 7:08pm
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thank you all so much for your opinions...I hate to waste money on something that doesnt work well....Now I have some decisions to make..... icon_smile.gif

mayo2222 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:14pm
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I don't think that what you are looking at doesn't work well because it does, it just won't do an extremely long AND thick continuous rope.

You just need to consider how often you think you would actually need a long and thick rope. If it is a lot probably best to go with a larger/more expensive extruder. If its not that offen it might be best to go with the smaller/less exensive extruder.

Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:18pm
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I'm thinking there might be a way to rig up a caulk gun to do the same thing the one from Artway tools is doing. As a matter of fact, I think I've got a pretty solid idea in my head, but the question I have is how to make it food safe. Might have to do some research on this.

mayo2222 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:27pm
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I'm thinking there might be a way to rig up a caulk gun to do the same thing the one from Artway tools is doing. As a matter of fact, I think I've got a pretty solid idea in my head, but the question I have is how to make it food safe. Might have to do some research on this.




I just saw a YouTube video on this actually


Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:32pm
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Originally Posted by Joshua_Alan

I'm thinking there might be a way to rig up a caulk gun to do the same thing the one from Artway tools is doing. As a matter of fact, I think I've got a pretty solid idea in my head, but the question I have is how to make it food safe. Might have to do some research on this.



I just saw a YouTube video on this actually





Yeah! That's along the lines of what I was thinking, cept I feel like PVC isn't an ideal choice for food. I was thinking stainless steel, although doing the openings in the end would be a pita.

*edit - Of course there are the plastic dowel rods like the ones Wilton makes. Maybe the right type of plastic, although I have no idea what type that is.

meharding Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:58pm
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I've been eyeing this one from Earlene's
http://www.earlenescakes-store.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=534&category_id=75
Does anyone own it? If so what do you think of it?

Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:02pm
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Originally Posted by meharding

I've been eyeing this one from Earlene's
http://www.earlenescakes-store.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=534&category_id=75
Does anyone own it? If so what do you think of it?




Hrm...don't own it, but it looks intriguing. So it's basically the Wilton cookie gun, on a wooden stool, with a toilet paper holder that rolls out fax paper. Clever idea!

Melvira Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:17pm
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So it's basically the Wilton cookie gun, on a wooden stool, with a toilet paper holder that rolls out fax paper. Clever idea!




Hahaha! That is a really funny sounding description, but you're totally accurate and it looks like it might work pretty well! I tell ya, the things we cakers think of... icon_rolleyes.gif We ARE a creative lot!

You know, I was thinking of using my pampered chef cookie press for fondant, but I was afraid that because of the clicking action that it would leave... stutters(?)... in the fondant. I can't think of a better word to describe it. Small mars in the rope of fondant every time it clicks? Has anyone tried that? If so, does that happen, or does it come out smoothly?

abeane Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:40pm
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Melvira, I've wondered the same thing about the Pampered Chef cookie press! If I have time when I get home tonight, I'll give it try. I'm also curious as to whether anyone has actually tried this before?

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