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Which extruder?

post #1 of 36
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I looked on ebay and tried looking a couple of other places, but I'm still not sure about what type of extruder to get! I use fondant a lot and would love one of these! I saw the thread about using a Play-doh fun factory, but I looked at those and they don't make all the shapes I want, so I figure I would just end up buying an extruder anyway! icon_biggrin.gif

Any advice?
post #2 of 36
I would definatly go with the sugarcraft gun. It is about $30.00 but it is made for fondant and it will last. I purchased a clay extruder a while ago brought it home and looked at then took it back to the store. It just didn't seem like it would last long, plus it had a twist handle on it, that wasn't going to work. The sugarcraft gun is really easy to use and it comes with 16 different discs. I got mine from sugarcraft.com I looked all over the internet and that was the cheapest I could find it with shipping. I think I paid somewhere around $40 with shipping.
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post #3 of 36
You are not going to believe this, but I just purchased one on line from Beryls.com... Link below!

Don't buy the ones on Ebay... They are hard enough on your hands using clay... I don't know how many I purchased and threw away!

The one at Beryls.com is a hand action one... just squeeze it in your hand and it spits out the fondant... I sure hope it comes with directions.

Not sure of the shipping yet, but I paid $35.00... I know I paid that much in all the other clay guns I bought... I belive it will be well worth the investment!

Good Luck!

http://www.beryls.com/home2.htm

page down a bit... you'll see the picture!
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post #4 of 36
I just got mine from sugarcraft.com for about $35.00 a couple weeks back. I used it once and love it. It was so easy to use.
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post #5 of 36
I just got mine from Beryls.com and it is great. I think I paid $6.50 for shipping, so I wouldn't think it would be much more than that for you.
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post #6 of 36
I also got mine from Beryls and I love it. Just add a little crisco to the fondant to soften it so it will go through the gun easier.
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post #7 of 36
If you make a lot of fondant ropes, I would suggest a Kemper clay gun, has a large capacity to make an unbroken rope to go around whole border, plus operates like a caulking gun so soft on the hands. I've seen them on ebay.
post #8 of 36
Those little bitty metal Kemper ones are impossible to use! My next "toy" is going to be the Sugarcraft one.

I saw Duff using a huge one to make a Yak cake... anyone know what he used?
post #9 of 36
My bad, I didn't know Kemper make small ones.
This is the type I was referring to -
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=10&cid=190&scid=1242
As you can see, they are big mommas.
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by redred

My bad, I didn't know Kemper make small ones.
This is the type I was referring to -
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=10&cid=190&scid=1242
As you can see, they are big mommas.



Ohhhhhhhhh cool! Can you get discs to make like hair or something?
post #11 of 36
By the way, check out this nify adapter!
EZ Squeeze Adapter Clay Extruder Gun (you need to scroll down a bit to see it)
http://www.baileypottery.com/potterytools/kempertools.htm
post #12 of 36
That's cool!

So how would you make a "custom die"? I have no clue about metalworking....
post #13 of 36
Kitagrl, the adapter I mentioned above could be used with the smaller (cheaper) clay extruder which does have hair discs. The larger ones I think only do a larger rope, for borders and the like. If you are just making hair to use as hair, you don't need a lot of it and wouldn't need any adapter, just the small extruder like this type which is widely available - Michaels etc.
http://prairiecraft.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/claygun2.jpg
or the sugarcraft gun which I've not used but others have mentioned above, which costs a bit more, but is I believe easier on the hands. I found that mixing fondant with some gumpaste, plus greasing the sides with shortening, makes it easier to extrude.
post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

That's cool!

So how would you make a "custom die"? I have no clue about metalworking....



Me neither! But I suppose if you had a electric drill you could drill the size of the hole/s required.
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

That's cool!

So how would you make a "custom die"? I have no clue about metalworking....



Me neither! But I suppose if you had a electric drill you could drill the size of the hole/s required.



True...

I just was dying to find out what kind of extruder Duff used when he made a HUGE furry animal totally using fondant "hair". He was pumping it out of a very large extruder. Maybe he had made a custom disc for the large one.
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