The association LezArt'giL organizes meetings with different subjects, during which the brainstorming is obligatory.

During these meetings, some of the participants show all of their talent and ingeniousness. One of these is Nathalie, who, not happy with creations which are simply original, is always trying to explore new techniques. Until now, only a few lucky ones could discover her creations, because she doesn't have a blog. But we are on our way to convince her to open one!

About the extruder, she has delivered us this tutorial, whose originality resides on thr shifted purpose of one of the tools. But read it.

To make these beads we are going to use a Makin's extruder and its tool which allows to make tube beads (with the 1 mm hole, the tiniest). You know, the one you bought in a compulsive mood, you tried once without really understanding how to use it and finally putting it in a box and forgetting it: so, go to find it!

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associated to the hexagonal disc (the square one is the easiest to use, but hexagonal is more original)

It is possible to use different discs (squared, diamond shaped, octagonal...), but you need that these discs are always big enough to cover the 4 small holes of the tube tool, otherwise they will be useless.

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  • Planning of the clay roll to be inserted in the extruder

The easiest way is to roll some sheets of clay in different colours and thicknesses

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to cut directly into them with the extruder several discs of the same size

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and to stack them in order to set up a cylinder, trying to juxtapose contrasting colours.

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several versions are possible, you can also use, to fill the extruder, a cible cane or a blended can, the effects will be very nice.

  • Setting of the extruder

Slip the cylinder into the extruder

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Insert the tube bead tool

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Place the hexagonal disc

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and screw the tightening cap.

  • Cane assembling

Now you need to extrude the clay. at the beginning, it can split into four, bot after some mm it will be ok. Keep on extruding until you have used all the clay in the gun.

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Cut the log you obtain into 7 equal parts.

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Assemble the 7 parts into a hexagonal rose. Turn the parts in order to tastefully associate the colours. Be careful to make the parts stick together on all the length.

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  • Making of te beads

Prepare some core beads made of scrap clay. Cut thin slices from the cane and put them around the core of the bead to entirely cover it

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Take care not to make the slices overlap. At the end, you can use some tiny clay scrap to fill the gaps.

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Smooth the bead very carefully to make the boundaries and the small holes at the center of the flowers disappear, and voilà!, you're done!

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This bead has found som pals and find now its place around a wrist.

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Another example, where the slices of cane, realised with a square disc, have been put on a plat obtaining an effect very Klimt-style.

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Other plates realised in a necklace not really accomplished...

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You've got it, this technique can be declined into endless shapes, using different discs of the extruder or changing the colours and the combinations of the cane.

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Please, respect his/her work and do not copy / reproduce / translate it without his/her authorization.

Translated by Maria: chiocciolazzurra@yahoo.it

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