This week I am focusing on a tool that we all know in some shape or form. Remember playing with the Playdoh Fun Factory as a child?
Or calking your windows with silicon and a calking gun?
Or using the Kemper clay gun to make funny strings of clay for hair or nests?
Extruders have been an important tool in big ceramic studios as well. But those extruders are mounted on the wall and are used for extruding coils for hand building and many other tasks.
For the beader, this style extruder in the picture, can be very useful for just simply making beads. It comes with a few disks or dies that you attach to the barrel with the lug bolt.
close up of the plunger and trigger handle mechanism that moves the clay through the die
some dies that come with the extruder--some are extra
lug bolt that holds the die in place
Once you have picked out a circle die you can extrude long logs of clay that will give you a very consistent bead size this is the larger size circle
This is the smaller size circle
If you place a ruler under your clay log and mark it off in a consistent size ( here I have used 1/4 inch as the increment) you will be able to make same size beads
I use this clay tool to cut the clay on the marks or at the measure
this is a picture of the beads I rolled out ( top row) pretty similar in size
the second row is of beads that I sliced directly from the clay log and then put a hole in with an orange juice straw
Next week I will show you how you can make your own dies for the bead size you want and some other shaped beads you can make with this extruder. I will also give you some tips on how to keep your extruder running smoothly.
You can purchase an extruder at
prices range from $40.00-$50.00
If you use an extruder please share what you like about it in the comments section. It will help everyone get to know more about this tool. Thank you so much.