Can anyone provide any insight into what they consider to be the best clay/fondant extruder on the market?
I have one of the small black ones (with the red handle) that you have to squeeze and it is a real PITA.
Looking forward to hear your feedback.
I actually use a clay extruder I bought at Michael's. It's metal with a crank handle and works really well. It's made by Walnut Hollow and you find it in the sculpy section. With a 40-50% off coupon in runs around $15.00. Lots of discs included. Only thing is you need to warm your fondant first, then it extrudes quite easily!
I like the Makins one. It's green.
I noticed Makins have a plastic one with plastic disks. It's a lot cheaper, do you think it would be just as good?
I got my Makins (the green one) on walmart.com , $17.54 plus tax and free shipment for store pick up, not bad !!
thanks guys, i'll go with the Makins clay extruder
I also have the Walnut Hollow extruder from Michaels and absolutely love it! I had the Makins first and wasn't impressed - hurt my hand. The Walnut hollow has a comfy crank handle that works really well and I've extruded fairly stiff fondant and gumpaste through it with no problem. It also comes in a nice plastic case with little slots for each disc so it keeps everything neat and you can find the disc you need at a glance. With a Michaels coupon, it was a great deal.
HAHAHAHA! I was just watching the premiere of "The Next Great Baker" on my DVR and Chad was using the Walnut Hollow extruder to put the strings on the guitar! That's so funny because I just posted about that extruder on here!
Sorry, so off topic, BUT, the "next great baker" is on again??!! How many episodes have I missed? :(
Just the first one. The second episode is on Monday.
Just want ed to let you know that I purchased the Makins clay extruder from amazon.com and used it for the first time yesterday.
It was such a breeze to use and I am happy with the purchase!!
I have 3 different kinds, the walnut hollow one is my favorite.
I love my walnut hollow extruder. I have only used it a few times. The only thing I noticed it that on some of the fondant, there are black streaks, like oil. Does this happen to anyone else?
That has happened to me too. I'd also be interested in to know if this happens regularly. I tried to wipe down the inside with a tissue, but it still happens.
Something like this happened to me with the Makins-green-extruder...I cleaned it many times and it happens again. I will replace it but now I'm doubting to get the same brand if it's going to happen again.
I have used several of the tiny clay extruders you get at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, but I saw this extruder at last year's ICES and I had to have one! Now, I don't know what I would do without it!!
The walnut hollow extruder is the best one that I've used.
I have the Walnut Hollow one as well and it happens on mine too. I've tried everything but it eventually keeps putting that black all over my fondant. Might be the rubber grommet inside? That also deteriorated pretty quickly during the first half of my project and I had to put a new one in. I personally think it's really difficult to crank and it hurts my hand. I guess I'll try warming the fondant first like another poster suggested. Otherwise I'm looking for a new extruder.
AHuh. I had the same problem with my Walnut Hollow extruder but blamed it on user error. I just assumed that I was doing a really bad job of cleaning the previous royal blue color I used out if the barrel.
Polymer Clay Express Food Safe Extruder
I was just looking at these on the internet. This is an old thread so several people may have tried it as well as cupadeecakes. comments or criticisms ??
I still use mine constantly and I still love it! I now have 2, the original, and new big-daddy size. It make extruding fondant so easy.
AI have one of these. I absolutely love it! Norm and Zane of The Sweet Life Bakery used this in a class that they were teaching . Aft I saw what I could do with it and how easy it is to use, I knew I had to have it. Well worth the money.
I read numerous threads here on CC about how to make the fondant work best in the extruder.
Warm up slightly and knead in shortening were the only tips I found. I tried this with my little red/black one.
I still got rough torn edges on my rope. I must have missed something else.
Here is a video of a homemade electric extruder using a drill. I'd recommend going to about the one minute mark :-)
AAre the Makin or Walnut Hollow extruders food safe? I apologize if this has been answered before. I couldn't find the answer.
I was thinking of investing in an Artway extruder too. Did you purchase the 1" or 2" barrel? Is this the adapter for the 2" to use the 1" disks pictured below? Would I be able to use the 1" metal disks that I received with my Walnut Hollow extruder if I purchased the adapter?