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Purchasing a gumpaste/fondant extruder clay gun

post #1 of 16
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There are two extruders available for purchase. One is used by twisting the top to extrude the paste and says it is much easier on your hands for $25.99. The other has a patented pump action of the gun. The unique lever action gives a mechanical assistance when working with gumpaste. This one is $44.99. Have any of you ladies purchased either of these tools? If so, how did you like them? I want to purchase one of them, but don't know which to get. Any help would be very much appreciated.
post #2 of 16
I have the green Makins extruder and love it. It is very easy to use and I've used for a lot of different designs. My basket topper was the reason I bought it and it made the design very easy to make.
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post #3 of 16
Forgot to mention that I bought it at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon!
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post #4 of 16
I have the Makins twist-top one too. It's easy to use and I got mine at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon too icon_biggrin.gif
post #5 of 16
I've used both of these -

I personally own (and prefer) the green twist top one that you can get at Hobby Lobby.

The reason that I like it better is that if you're extruding a really long rope, it will be smoother due to the ability to constantly twist the top.

The other, more expensive one, uses a pump action, and if you're not careful your rope can get a little jaggedy when you have to make more than one pump action while extruding.

The much more expensive one is usually imported from England and the price is much higher due to import taxes.

just my .02.
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post #6 of 16
I have the green Makin's one. It's the only one I've ever used but I love love love it and couldn't imagine needing an easier one. Got mine on ebay for less than $20.00 since none of the craft stores around here carry the professional crank one only the push one.
post #7 of 16
I have the green one that twists as well. It's perfect for my needs! And it's super easy to clean!
post #8 of 16
How does the sugar gun below compare to the Makins? Is it easier to use?
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post #9 of 16
That gun is the expensive one I referred to in my previous post. Also, if I'm not mistaken the barrel is slightly smaller so you can't load in quite as much fondant. But just slightly so.

and I agree - the Makins one is easier to clean too.
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post #10 of 16
I have the pump one with the orange handle. It was given to me. I like the green one that twists at the top sooo much better. My ropes come out clean and it is so much easier on your hands.
post #11 of 16
I have one from a company called Walnut Hollow that I got at a Michaels. Around the same price as the green Makin one, but SOOO much easier on the hands.

http://www.amazon.com/Walnut-Hollow-Clay-Extruder-Set/dp/B004478EWG

It's a twist top like the Makin one, but it's easier to twist and makes a very smooth rope. I have the Makin one as well, but definitely like this one better. Plus, it comes with the nifty storage case.
post #12 of 16
I purchased the one from Michael's today and was not exactly what I was expecting... I wanted to use this to make long border ropes to go around cakes, but basically you are limited to a 4" piece each time, or am i missing something here...?

Do they make an extruder that will allow you to make a much longer rope...? Say 16" or MORE...?
post #13 of 16
I have the Walnut Hollow extruder and threw my others away. The Walnut Hollow extruder, with a crank handle, has a much larger barrel capacity than the others that I'd used.... and is easier on the hands.

It appears that Makins and Walnut Hollow are one in the same:

http://poly-clay.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-clay-extruder.html

I always knead Crisco into my fondant before extruding to make it easier to extrude and to eliminate the "chatter" lines that you get on your rope sometimes.
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post #14 of 16
Just picked up the Walnut Hollow extruder at Michaels (40% off coupon!).... Very excited for the new toy! how long of a route can I realistically expect? Do you normally have to piece together shorter pieces to go around cakes??
post #15 of 16
Artway make a large extruder that can make very long borders on it. It's the largest one I've seen.
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