Unboxing And Review – Sculpey Clay Extruder Tool

Sculpey Clay Extruder - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #666: You will need super human strength to use this tool… but if you already own one, tune in next week for helpful usage tips.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • In today’s PcT Product Demo, I’m going to unbox the Sculpey Clay Extruder.
  • Now you may have seen some previous videos on other extruders that I have done a review on… Like the Lucy Clay CzeXtruder, Makins Extruder and the Walnut Hollow Extruder… but I haven’t tried the Sculpey Clay Extruder yet, so I thought I would check it out and see how it works.
  • This extruder has been around for quite some time I don’t know if this is a newer design or not, but I can see that it is in the new packaging.
  • I opened the box and tried it out using some Sculpey Souffle clay, which is a fairly soft clay that has a smooth texture.
  • The design is a little smaller than the other extruders I have used.
  • You push the clay with your thumb on the plunger, rather than using a threaded plunger.
  • Comes with 19 small disks or dies.
  • I did read on the back of the packaging, that it should be filled only 2/3 full, which is supposed to make it easier to push out the clay.
  • I also read that they suggest you bake your extruder in the oven at 250F for 15 minutes to harden clay stuck in barrel. This is supposed to make it easier to clean.
  • I found later that pushing a baby wipe through the barrel using the plunger worked really well, so I wouldn’t bother baking it.
  • I demonstrate how to use this tool.
  • Pros of the Sculpey Clay Extruder are: Inexpensive; Readily available; Sturdy design; Comes with lots of dies.
  • Cons of the Sculpey Clay Extruder are: Very difficult to push clay though (I couldn’t do it more than an inch or so, using the medium sized spaghetti die); The barrel is very small so you have to re-fill it often; Clay gets stuck in the barrel; Only works with super soft clay (even my soft Souffle clay was too difficult to extrude); Dies only fit this particular extruder, so they are not interchangeable with other extruder tool brands.
  • There are people who have used various “cheater” devices with this extruder… such as a caulking gun… wooden levers… vises and other such things to assist in helping to extrude the clay.
  • I found this extruder to be too difficult to use in comparison to all the other extruders I have tested so far. And therefore, it is not a product that I can recommend. If you already have this extruder, I will do a follow up video to show you some tips that will make it easier to use… so stay tuned for that.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jocelyn C, 28 May, 2015

    Bless you Cindy for that demo. My hands screamed in empathetic pain while you were trying to extrude. When it was the only model on the market, we had to deal with the challenges to get the product, but, fortunately many new devices have come along.

    The dies look like due to the bumped edge that they might not be usable in the other extruders?

    Back in the day, my Dad made me the foot pump, which did help.

    Look forward to seeing what techniques you come up with to make it easier in the next video.

  2. Chrissie F, 28 May, 2015

    Thanks for another good review, Cindy. If this was the only extruder on the market I don’t think I would ever want extrude. That is hard work! With my little kid sized hands I could not reach far enough to plunge it let alone having the hand strength to do so. Hopefully there are things to be done to make it easier to use so we look forward to seeing your next video on the subject.

  3. Kate P, 28 May, 2015

    Thank you so much for your research. This has been my extruder for the last 10 years which is the reason I am so excited to be upgrading to czextruder. All of my frustrations in one video. We use the table push method around here which works well for the little hands.

  4. Hermine R, 28 May, 2015

    I still own and love the oldy.
    I have a pusher and it’s perfect for that clay gun.
    I also have been given many other types of that format.
    Some more flimsy then my first one but I do still like them.
    I use them when I give courses . Not afraid of loosing them either. Nobody want’s them without my pusher.

  5. Dixie Ann, 28 May, 2015

    Thanks Cindy for showing that antique. It made my hands hurt just watching you. Sculpey must still be selling a lot of those in order to justify keeping them on the market. You would think by now they could come up with a much better version. I still have mine and the disks are just a tad too small for the other extruders out there so unless I can give mine away, it will probably stay in it’s drawer until I die. LOL! BTW, the did come out with a winner with the Souffle. Love that stuff.

  6. Natalie H, 30 May, 2015

    We all seem to have the same place for the Sculpey Extruder…. way back in the dark corners of our draw..we should all send Sculpey a letter offering yo send our back to them so the can recycli them into something Useful????????????????

  7. Dixie Ann, 30 May, 2015

    Natalie, that is a terrific idea and I would be the first one to offer mine and send it back. In fact if everyone who has one wants to participate, they can send theirs to me and I will ship them all back! Wouldn’t that be a statement made!

  8. Bev Kennedy, 29 May, 2015

    I purchased a Sculpey extruder years ago because I thought it would be a good tool and it wasn’t very expensive. I could NOT press the clay out of the extruder. My late husband eventually built a wooden bellows that worked well, but I had to put it on the floor and step on it to get the clay out of the barrel. What a pain. I also was frustrated with the fact that the clay stuck to the inside of the barrel. I read a suggestion by Diane Black of Glass Attic. She suggested to wrap a small square of copy paper (the length of the clay) around the clay, before putting it into the barrel. That worked well for keeping the barrel clean, but there was still the problem of getting the clay OUT of the barrel.

    Needless to say, when I found the Makins Extruder — Sculpey’s damnable extruder went into the garbage. I can’t understand why a label like Sculpey — that is associated with polymer clay — would even put out a product like the plunger extruder. It is nearly impossible to use.

  9. Malena S, 29 May, 2015

    Hi! I used one of those plunger type extruders for a couple of years, and discovered that if i put two chairs close together, and hung the extruder between them by its handles, I could step on the plunger and make the clay go through with no pain in my hands. Of course, it makes more sense to use a Makins or Walnut Hollow extruder, and skip the acrobatics! :)
    Thanks, Cindy, for all these very useful videos!


  10. Natalie H, 30 May, 2015

    Love you sense of humor MALENA

  11. elaine faulks, 29 May, 2015

    I agree with Bev, you would think that Sculpey would do a re-call on these difficult to use extruders and offer people a gift card for everyone sent back to them.

    Then they could melt them all down to make a better model. I eventually used it for play-dough with my grandchildren to test their strength. That was years ago and think it went into a deep dark corner of my shed.
    I also used to stand it in boiling hot water to heat up and this helped a little. Until I bought the Walnut hollow I never made anything needing to be extruded. Be good to watch Cindy’s tips on this antique..cheers xx…

  12. Carri M, 29 May, 2015

    I have to say this is the worst and hardest to use.
    I bought this as my first tool, and when I was unable to get the clay
    Through it I thought I was doing something wrong.
    I even tried putting clay softener in the clay to help extrude the clay.
    I watched your video on the Walnut hollow extruder
    And I have been so much happier since.

  13. Lena S, 30 May, 2015

    I think I would rather put the clay in my mouth and extrude it through my teeth. (;

  14. Chrissie F, 30 May, 2015

    Thank you, Lena. Your comment made me laugh so much I had tears in my eyes!

  15. Anna Sabina, 30 May, 2015

    I almost thought this was like one of those April Fool’s Day joke videos.

    God Bless you Cindy for staying so positive and cheerful throughout the video. You are trying to show clayers all the options for extruders. . There may be people who buy this as an inexpensive alternative. My advise is…DON’T DO IT !!! Save your money and your hands for the Makins Extruder.


  16. Natalie H, 30 May, 2015

    That was the first extruded I bought when I started doing PC …. It was so hard to use that it has been sitting in my draw for over 3 years.. I replaced it with the Walnut Hollwo extruded which I use with therir vise.. No. Comparison .. Sculpey ‘s extruder is not worth buying..
    I bought my Wallnut hollow one with a 50% off coupon .. The extra cost is worth it …glad that I bought the Sculpey one with a coupon so I am into out a lot of $$ .

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