Today's Polymer Extrusions

Instructor Bio: 
83 minutes

"Exploration in polymer extrusion has lagged because clays were stiff and the tools were tough to use," says Cynthia. "All that is changing and polymer artists are learning to create complex designs with precise control. You'll want to get in on this trendy way of working and see how it can improve your art."

Watch as master Polymer Clay artist, Cynthia Tinapple shows you how to move beyond simple extruded strings and patterns. New tools and softer clays are expanding what you can do and making it easier.

See how extruded polymer can be used:

  • for surface decoration
  • for trendy cane design
  • to make sturdy, consistent tubes and bangles
  • in place of cords and threads (think soutache and cross-stitch)

Watch and learn as Ms. Tinapple shows you everything you need to know to get started building your own intricate patterns using a variety of tools and dies. You'll learn to push out everything from perfect polka dots to trendy triangles, faux fabrics, and realistic birch branches. 

Learn what colors work and how a thin dark layer can make colors pop. Get inspired to combine your own colors and start creating your own intricate designs and shapes in no time.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • using triangles, dots and dashes for graphic¬†canes and textile patterns
  • slicing and layering extrusions for surface decoration
  • making bead caps
  • making tubes and bangles
  • simulating soutache
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Makins extruder (or Lucie CZ, Walnut Hollow or other brand)
  • Several colors of softer polymer clay (Premo, FimoSoft, etc)

Included is a PDF filled with photos, notes and all the resource links you need to get started.

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