Extrusion Designs by CHarm

In this Extrusion Design class, you’ll learn 15 color combinations for extrusion and we’ll make 10 different projects. You’ll also receive a PDF file containing a 19 page class handout with 86 color photos plus a Helpful Hint page.
Polymer Clay

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Class Materials List

• Pasta machine
• Various colors of Polymer Clay
• Instructor uses Premo and Kato Clay
• ¾” round cutter
• Extruder
• 12 hole extruder disk and slot disk (these were included with the extruder not special disks)
• Blade for cutting clay
• Your chosen item to cover
• Gesso
• TLS (translucent liquid clay)
• Texture sheet (optional)
• Round toothpick
• Empty can to make our own cuff bracelet or you can purchase brass cuff bracelet blanks (bello modo or metaliforus)
• Scrap clay for the beads
• Future wax to seal items
• Brush to apply the Gesso or Future

Go to PrairieCraft.com for your Kato Clay supplies.

Premo Clay is available from Whimseybox.

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Cathy Harm

Cathy Harm

Cathy Harm has been hooked on polymer clay since 2000 when she learned that no kiln was needed to fire polymer clay, that was all she needed to hear to explore and develop a love for this limitless medium. Designing and creating Millefiori (meaning 1000 flowers) polymer clay canes has been a love since she discovered the clay. After all these years she still thinks it almost magical to take solid colored clay, manipulate it in her hands and create cane designs. A wonderful surprise was the reception her work received in just a few short years worldwide. 

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Customer Reviews

Easy, good results, but very time consuming. Review by Ruth
Fun project that turns out well. it just takes much longer than one would expect to condition several different colors of clay. Wrapping it also takes a long time. For example, I made a set of four coasters for a friend. it took about 2.5 -3 hours to swirl clay on each coaster. backing (black clay). The other problem is keeping clay stacks conditioned. I tried warming them by keeping them in a pocket for an hour, but they still cracked and broke easily coming out of the extruder, which made ithe clay hard to work with. It might help to leave the clay colors you will be using in sheets, and just make the stacks as needed. The sheets can then be quickly conditioned by rolling through a pasta machine several times.

I still enjoyed this project, and will come back to it. By the way my friend loved the coasters. (Posted on 4/16/13)

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