Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Disks

Cynthia Tinapple ExtruderVideo #534: Product review and demo of how to make rainbow flower beads using a Makins Professional Ultimate Extruder.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Cynthia Tinapple, well known Polymer Clay Artist, Author and Publisher of the Polymer Clay Daily Blog.
  • Review and demo of a Cynthia’s exclusive polymer clay extruder disks kit.
  • Disks are Made of Steel, 3/4 inch diameter.
  • Fits most polymer clay extruders including the Makins Professional Clay Extruder and the Walnut Hollow Clay Extruder.
  • Designs include Polka Dots, Basic Dots, Holly Leaf, Bead Cap/Flower, Sun Ray, 5-Petal Blossom, Moroccan Tile and Basic Squares.
  • The Dies (Disks) are packaged securely in a large steel circle holder. Simply twist each of the smaller extruder disks to remove them from the holder.
  • I used the Polka Dot Dies for my Vol-073 Happy Camper Cane Tutorial.
  • Rainbow flower beads made using the flower disk were shown in a previous Rainbow Teardrop Blend video.
  • Moroccan Tile Dies fit together like a puzzle to create a more complex cane.
  • Basic Squares disk is perfect for Gingham Cane or pixilated canes, where a more complex design can be created with less clay.
  • Demonstration on how to make extruded Rainbow Flower Beads using a sheet of a Rainbow Teardrop Blend.
  • Slicing extruded clay after it has been baked solves distortion issue.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Julia G, 12 June, 2014

    I really enjoyed the happy camper lesson! Good to see such a complex cane done. It made me think about doing a face cane. I’d love to have a lesson on that, Cindy. LOVED how you made the polka dot cane with the new extruder disks! I had been wondering about a way to make a dot cane and this is way better than anything I’d come up with!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    Hi Julia, I am so happy that you are enjoying the Happy Camper Cane Tutorial!! I too like the polka dot extrusions… way easier than the alternatives! I should think about doing a face cane sometime… though I don’t know if it would fit into the 6 video format… we’ll have to see. Thank you for the suggestion!

  3. Dixie Ann, 12 June, 2014

    Ah Cindy, another toy to play with. Was just getting ready to order these disks from PolyClayPlay when I decided to check out the blog and see if anything new had come up and there you were with the new disks from Cynthia!! What a great way to start the day. I am very excited about these new disks and how Cynthia designed them to work with each other to produce some wonderful designs.
    Thank you so much for showing us all the possibilities with this new set, I can’t wait to get mine and try them out.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    You’re welcome Dixie Ann! Let us know what you think of them.

  5. Hermine R, 12 June, 2014

    Thank you that was great info.
    Have you tried the Lucy clay ones? They have different dies too.
    They are quite expensive and they have different lengths.
    I wondered if the prices is too expensive( specially in Canada) or are they that great!

  6. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    Hi Hermine, no I have not tried the Lucy clay ones yet. They are kind of pricey just to buy for testing, since I already have two in working order… if someone from LucyClay wants to send me one, I’d be happy to demo it for them. The quality looks to be excellent and I have heard good things about them. I love the dies they have too. Well thought out and perfect for making canes and jewelry projects!

  7. Marion Rayner, 12 June, 2014

    Thank you so much Cindy for showing us Cynthia’s extruder discs. I’m especially delighted with the tiny square as I’d had trouble reducing the dog’s tooth cane without distorting. I think I wrote to you about this just a few weeks ago saying how a tiny square would be a real boon and here you are demonstrating it! I shall be ordering it straight away!
    Can I also thank you and Doug for a fantastic website, with so much information at our finger tips, lists of categories, search functions and so much more! It’s just incredible. As a website writer myself I am in awe.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    Thank you Marion for saying that! Both Doug and I really appreciate your kind words about our site. It is a lot of work and we we need to constantly be improving, but we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far. We hope to be doing this for many more years to come!

    Glad that the tiny square will be helpful for you. I wasn’t excited about it at all when I first saw it, but then realized that it would make a huge difference in the ability to make more detailed canes using less clay and having less distortion. Which of course is very exciting indeed!

  9. Nancy Simmons, 13 June, 2014

    What type of vise is holding your Makin’s extruder? I’m having a lot of trouble finding it?


  10. Dixie Ann, 13 June, 2014

    Hi Nancy, Cindy has a Hobbit Multi-Angle Vice and it is available on or you might want to call your local Hobby Shop or hardware store. Hope that helps.

  11. Trish H, 15 June, 2014

    The vice Cindy mentioned is called a Walnut Hollow Clay Extruder Table Clamp.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 16 June, 2014

    Dremel also makes a similar vise. A Google search should find you one real quick!

  13. Trish H, 15 June, 2014

    Thanks for a great review of Cynthia Tinapple’s disk set! I love your reviews!

  14. Marianne O., 17 June, 2014

    Here’s a great deal, I’m not sure about other Michael’s craft stores, but I recently got the Walnut Hollow extruder Vice in the clearance section for $9.99 CDN and the large extruder discs with adaptor for $3.99 CDN. What a deal!!! Check out your local Michael’s store clearance section, you’ll never know what you will find!!!

  15. Celeste D, 17 February, 2017

    How long did you bake the flower beads from the tinapple extruded disk? You said it would be easier to slice them, if we baked them

  16. Cindy Lietz, 19 February, 2017

    I baked them for a full hour like I bake everything. It is best to slice them warm though, with a sharp razorblade. If they have cooled off before you get the chance to slice them, warm them in the oven or a bowl of hot water, to make them easier to cut. Hope that helps!

  17. Celeste D, 20 February, 2017

    Thank you

  18. Diana Linaker, 17 September, 2020

    hi, love your videos and am desperate to get Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Disks!!!! but can’t find them anywhere eeek, am in uk which also may be a problem, could you help please…..

  19. Cindy Lietz, 18 September, 2020

    Hi Diana, sorry but Cynthia is no longer making these disks. But Lucy Clay makes some wonderful designs that are quite similar plus a ton more if you want to check them out. Here’s a link to their European Store.

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