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The Surfing Cat Graduated Pointy Stripe Extruder Technique - Polymer Clay Tutorial

The Surfing Cat Graduated Pointy Stripe Extruder Technique - Polymer Clay Tutorial

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A tutorial to show you how I created the graduated pointy stripe beads using polymer clay and an extruder.
A tutorial to show you how I created the graduated pointy stripe beads using polymer clay and an extruder.

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Published by: surfingcat on Mar 11, 2010
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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
betweenthe stripes
. 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.
Pop the clay in the barrel and tighten the top of the extruder, but not too hard, remember it won’t go on a
s faras normal because you have the 2 discs and a spacer in there.Start to extrude the clay. As in the original directions I hold my thumb over the end of the barrel until it has gotstarted or you just pump out the middle strand and you want all 7 together. Keep your thumb over the enduntil you can see a hexagon shape being extruded (you will need to peek to check when it is OK to let go).Once a hexagon shape starts to come, move your thumb and extrude away.
This is what you get 
looks te
rrible but don’t panic it’s
what you want 
!You should have a centre strand surrounded by some ragged
looking ‘outer
casing’. It’s the outer casing we are
it’s the bit with the amazingly graduated pointed stripes
. With Kato clay there are some crumbly bits atthe corners where the strips meet, this is what makes the textured bit between the stripes. The outer casingwould be the petals if the flower cane had extruded in one piece. You can carefully open up the outer casingalong one of the seams starting from a place it is open already.
Like so!
You can then remove the central strand which isn’t as pretty as the outer strands. The outer strands are flat on
the back. I tend to open it all out along one join into as flat a sheet as I can. If it has come apart on several joinsyou can gently persuade them together or you may find it easier to lay them on a thin sheet of scrap to handlethem. What you do with the lovely strands is up to you. Here are some things I have done.
Making small round beads
Roll a log of scrap clay to the diameter you wish the beads to be and cover it in the striped sheet of clay youmade Cut into equal sized slices (using a ruler makes this easier to keep them the same size)Using your thumb and first finger, gently work round one of the open ends of the bead pinching the nice clayup slightly to cover the scrap. Repeat the procedure at the other end. You are then ready to give it a gentle rollto make it more round.
Making a flat pendant
Put the strips onto a sheet of scrap clay. I cut the strips in half length ways and then stacked them underneathto make a wider bit of pattern. I then cut out the shape of pendant I wanted.Here is the complete collection of beads from my secondattempt at this technique. The beads on the right weremade from laying the centre strand out into strips too, notas striking as the outer strands though.

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