The Graduated Pointy Stripes Extruder Technique
The very first graduated pointy stripes extruder technique beads!
I discovered this technique in a ‘happy accident’ using Kato clay to
try and make extruder flower canes using atechnique developed by some very clever people, Nathalie and Galina. The instructions for the extruder flowertechnique that I was trying to use can be found
on Galina’s Russian blog
http://grgalina.livejournal.com/58240.html. The graduated pointy stripes technique has always worked with Kato clay for me and I have had it work withFimo Soft and Premo as long as they are not too conditioned, although there may be less
. There is a way round it if it doesn’t work on it’s ow
The Graduated Pointy Stripes Technique
Here is what you need.
A clay extruder (I have a Makin’s
Professional Clay Extruder)
Several colours of polymer clay rolled intosheets (I used the thickest setting on mypasta machine)
Some scrap clay for the inside of the beadsand for backing your stripes.
A sharp knifeTake your sheets of clay, I used brown, white and orange, and use the end of the extruder to cut out severalcircles of each colour. Arrange them together in a stack, as shown above. You will need to slightly reduce thediameter of the stack to get it to fit in the barrel of the extruder, just give it a roll.As in the original flower technique you put the extruder dies together as shown below. The large hexagon onthe outside, the spare rubber ring for the extruder acts as a spacer, and then the disc with the 7 large-ishcircular holes, this is the disc nearest the clay in the barrel.