I want to get a clay extruder. Any advice on things to look for/avoid? Specific brands? Good place to buy? Thanks!
I don't know what your budget will allow, but there is a wide range of products out there. The first extruder I bought was the one with the push plunger but it was too difficult to use because of my arthritis. I have looked at others and since caking is only a hobby, I got the Makin's Ultimate Clay Extruder with a twist top. Much easier on my hands! Good selection of discs, too.
If you plan on heavy use, then you might be interested in a heavy duty model-Industrial Klay Extruder with a squeeze handle
Hope that helps you find what you need.
I recently got the Makins one that Kaytecake linked to, and I love it. I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the clay section.
I have the one in the first link. I love it. I got mine at globalsugarart.com
Avoid the ones that look like this
It's very difficult to push the fondant through unless you break it down with shortening to a soggy mess.