So after I made a graduation cake that had a tassel, and I rolled each little string by hand I had decided that I MUST get an extruder. I was doing my due diligence on Amazon researching brands and reading reviews. I decided to check out YouTube to see if anyone had posted a comparison or review video for the 2 brands I was looking at... but I found something even better! Here is a link to a video to make your own clay extruder with parts found in a cake decorators favorite aisle of the hardware store... you guessed it, the plumbing department!
The "discs" are Wilton Tips, which we all must have a large collection of! Anyway, it looks like it's probably a little more difficult to use than the Makins one or the other I was looking at, but if it will get the job done, it's still got to be better than rolling strings by hand! I want to try and make one this weekend, if I get to it, I'll let you know how it worked out!