Topics Covered In This Video:
- Today I’m doing a review of the Lucy Clay Tools CzeXtruder XXL HD.
- Play on words… the CzeXtruder is a polymer clay extruder made in the Czech Republic.
- XXL HD stands for Extra Extra Long (20 cm) Heavy Duty.
- Did a review of the Lucy Clay Baker (see link below video) just a little while ago, and let you know that there is a new Canadian Distributor, Diane Bruce of VanIslandJewels on Etsy (see link below video) and she ships worldwide.
- Diane sent me this extruder… it could be called the Cadillac of clay extruders.
- The Lucy Clay XXL HD is more expensive than the other extruders on the market, but I feel it is well worth the price.
- The package I received is called the Lucy Clay CzeXtruder XXL HD All-In-One-Box… which includes the XXL HD Extruder, XXL Vise, Vise Board, Extruder Die Set 1-7, the cleaning brush, lubricant, crank handle, drill adapter, mini-wrench, 2 plungers and several extra rubber o-rings.
- The funny part is this All-In-One-Box set is listed as not coming with the box! I’m guessing Diane had the tools shipped in bulk and didn’t get the boxes or something.
- This XXL HD extruder is 20 cm long and very heavy duty.
- It is all steel construction and the heavy duty threads will not bend, warp or strip… even when extruding a very stiff clay.
- In comparison to the Makins Professional Extruder and the Walnut Hollow Clay Extruder, this Lucy Clay Extruder is way bigger and way stronger!
- The Makins extruder has threads made of aluminum that can strip easily, though mine has been fine so far, because I was careful with it.
- My Walnut Hollow Extruder has steel threads on the shaft but then it winds through a softer metal (brass?) collar that can get stripped with heavy use.
- I stripped my Walnut Hollow Extruder when creating my Winter Sweater Cane Tutorial and had to switch back to my Makins.
- I wish I had this Lucy Clay Extruder when I making that cane… it would have been WAY easier and faster!
- The extruder dies are not only pretty, the designs are very well thought out and will fit into any of the extruder brands.
- The Lucy Clay Dies have all the typical extrusion shapes, like circles, squares and triangles but they also have many unique shapes with matching background discs to extrude the packing material. This means you can use these dies to create many complex cane designs that can easily be reduced to very tiny cane designs.
- I’ll go into better detail on the vise and the extruder dies in another video.
- The other great feature is that you can use the crank handle or the adapter for attaching the extruder to a power drill.
- I demonstrate how to remove dies from the disk and how to extrude the clay using the heart shaped die, a section of a rainbow cane and a power drill.
- Diane also just let me know that all of you will receive 10% off your orders of $25.00 or more until Mar 31, 2015 if you use the Coupon Code: CINDYLIETZ
- Related Resource: Diane Bruce of VanIslandJewels on Etsy
- Related Video: Lucy Clay Brand Polymer Clay Bead Baking Rack
- Related Video: Makins vs. Walnut Hollow Polymer Clay Extruders
- Related Video: How To Clean Your Polymer Clay Extruder
- Related Article: Clay Extruder Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
- Related Video: Makins Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder
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