How many extruders do you have? If you do a lot of polymer like I do, I love doing things with an extruder. I originally bought that little silver thing that almost broke my fingers trying to push clay through it.
I was so excited when Makins came out with the great green extruder. (Blog doesn't like the word extruder). So, then Walnut Hollow came out with an extruder so I bought one of those. Two friends quit claying and gave me their Makins extruder, now another friend quit and gave me her Walnut Hollow extruder. So, I have 2 Walnut Hollows, 3 green Makins and wouldn't you know this website jumped up at me saying a new company from Czechoslovakia called Lucy Clay is making extruders. They have one representative here in the U.S. that sells them and all the information sounded wonderful.
I love my green Makins extruder except that it hurts my hand when I'm holding it and trying to extrude clay. It does make that funny noise and every time I use it and my husband asks what the noise is?????????????? He knows, he just likes to irritate me. LOL
Well, I ordered the CZextruder. The discs are separate but I think what drew me to the extruder is that the discs are colored, the extruder is colored and the handle comes off. It works like a ratchet.
Here is a youtube by Yonat Dascalu using the extruder with an electric hand drill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ns8W16u9P8&feature=youtu.be
The green Makins extruder has that hashed metal on it and sometimes it starts bothering my hand. This extruder works really well but you have to remember "anytime you use an extruder, your clay has to be soft if you don't want cracks on the edges". Here is a link to Kim's blog about the extruder. http://kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com/2013/09/czextruder-xxl-demo-review-and-free.html
Both extruders work hard if your clay is hard. I use to wear an oven mitt to hold my Makins, then I bought one of those table vises for the extruders but they tend to get in the way. The discs from both extruders fit into the cap of each other so they are interchangeable. There is another set of discs that I didn't get.
I'm going to clay camp for 4 days on the 26th and I'm going to take all these with me and let all the clayers try the new one and see what they think.
Would love to hear from the rest you about your preferences or if you have suggestions on how to make these better.
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