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A quick extruder tutorial

I feel that I should freely distribute some of my techniques. Why? Well the internet has been kind to me and I feel I should pass that forward.

Here is my take on the now classic extruder cane technique or Klimt Kane (see what I did there?)

Personally I like to work with three or four colours to generate an interesting repeating pattern and enough contrast to ensure the cane has a strong image even when reduced.

These are stacked discs cut using a small kemper cutter that matches the extruder barrel’s diameter.

I use a Makins extruder and frankly it is the best moderately priced tool on the market for the job. The barrel is easy to clean, load and extrude because it uses a screwing motion rather than pressure.

As your cane is extruded it will wibble about everywhere, do not worry about that because we will straighten it all out shortly.

Also, bear in mind that the colour at the end will envelop the entire cane when stacking and extruding. Hurrah for fluid dynamics in arts and crafts!

Show your wobbly sausage who is boss by chopping it into equal lengths and arranging them together. I usually use a square stack and cane formation for ease.

Continue the polymer punishement by squashing the cane to eliminate air bubbles and ensure adhesion.

This is also a quick way to reduce the cane with relatively little distortion.

Ta daa! Une Cane 🙂 Notice the uneven raw end, but we will be slicing that off shortly.

Reduce and recombine extruded cane elements to your hearts content 🙂

Then slice the buggers up and use them to create lovely things.

Ta very much folks 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Mwah x

4 thoughts on “A quick extruder tutorial

  1. Nice clear explanation there 🙂

    I totally agree with the concept of sharing methods. Mostly because I can’t restrain myself from going on excitedly about how to do something – i really should transpose that enthusiasm to blog stuff…

    1. Thankyou Marianne 🙂

      I would love to see a blog from you. Always admired your creativity x

  2. Brilliant work and guide, thank for you sharing it.

    1. Not a problem, thankyou for taking the time to comment.

      I hope to post more tutorials soon x

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