Topics Covered In This Video:
- In today’s PcT Mini Tute, I’m going to show you how to do an Extruder Mod Cane.
- We have been talking a lot about extruders lately, so I thought I would show you a neat cane you can make, using your extruder.
- I am going to use my Lucy Clay CzeXtruder, but you can use any of the other extruders that are out there.
- I haven’t done a mod cane for quite a while, so the examples I dug up are pretty lame.
- Basically a mod cane is a cane made up of long logs (square or round) that have the colors in rings. And depending on how you stack the colors of clay in the barrel of the extruder, will depend on how they come out.
- You can actually extrude these mod ring logs in any shape.
- I used the med-large square die from set #6 from the Lucy Clay Dies, but you could use whatever square die you would like from the other companies sets instead, if you wish.
- You can even use this technique to make something as detailed as this little flower cane here, that I showed how to make in the Cynthia Tinapple Extruder Disks video.
- I’m going to be using a square die because they stack nicely together into a square cane.
- I’m going to be using several different colors of Souffle clay. Pistachio, Turnip, Mai Tai, Robin’s Egg and Igloo.
- I rolled it out at the thickest setting of my pasta machine, which is about a 6-7 playing card thickness.
- Then cut out some circles using the end of my extruder barrel. Hold thumb over the end to create an airlock so the clay doesn’t get stuck in the tube… or blow it out with your mouth if it does get stuck.
- It is important to know how you are going to stack your clay… if you want a certain color to wrap around the outside of your extrusions, then you need to put it at the end closest to the die… adding a little more so that it can stretch the length of the cane. I used three circles of Igloo first, then stacked one of each color after that until I had enough to extrude.
- Roll the stack a little smaller so it can fit inside the barrel.
- Place die in the end and extrude the clay until you run out.
- Trim the end of the extruded log until you can start seeing the colored rings. (I should have trimmed the end as well because the last little part was kind of messed up and not in rings. Perhaps this was because of the largeness of the die, since I have never had that happen on the smaller dies I have used.).
- Cut equal lengths and stack into a cane.
- Related Article: Making A Mod Cane Using a Polymer Clay Extruder
- Related Video: Review of the Lucy Clay CzeXtruder
- Related Video: Cynthia Tinapple Polymer Clay Extruder Disks
- Related Video: Sculpey Souffle Polymer Clay Product Review
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