Everything You Need to Know About our Handheld Clay Extruders
Why do I need handheld clay extruders?
These sharp, adjustable tools make it easier than ever to consistently make your foots and handles! They work on a variety of clay types and are ideal for hand builders and also useful for throwers. Designed for both right and left handed use, our Clay Extruders are so easy to use and let you avoid all that pulling for minimal debris and easier clean up!
Each of these tools are based on a main shape but can and should be used as you see fit! R1 to R3 are generally geared more towards feet, but we have seen plenty of other uses, such as rims or tiny sections of the extrusion added to the surface of a piece. R4 to R6 are generally geared towards handles but again, they are a great option for a lot of other uses. R7 to R9 are meant to push the bounds of creativity, creating extrusions that would otherwise be very difficult to form by hand.
How do they work?
Just slice it, trim it to length, and attach it! They were thoughtfully and expertly designed for creating clean, beautiful feet and handles for your ceramic pieces. The sharp, angled stainless steel blade leaves clean edges and pulls through clay effortlessly, creating consistent, precise shapes. Create feet for slab-built platters, dishes, or plates, as well as handles for mugs, pitchers, and other vessels. DiamondCore’s advanced blade technology and depth control feature allow you to save time pulling a handle and get clean edges on your feet.
How are our tools different?
When designing these new tools, we had a lot of inspiration! We wanted to create something that was a completely new type of tool compared to everything else we had. There are nine different tools in the series by design.
Potters of all skill levels and styles have a unique relationship with making handles or feet and often it's a struggle that some completely avoid. This is a problem that handbuilders and wheel throwers both share and there hasn't been a lot of innovation in this area. Utilizing the knowledge we have of carving and trimming tools, and how they best move through clay, we developed a new type of blade where the 'debris' created was actually the final product we were trying to make.
We optimized the angle, contour, and size of this new blade such that it created a simple extrusion in the shape of a trapezoid. This became the R1. Working with the same blade design, we formed countless prototypes trying all different shapes and sizes. We asked artists to test these prototypes while taking video so we could evaluate all the feedback carefully. Some artists liked a certain shape for feet that others liked for a handle, and some used the tools for completely different applications. The next stage of development is where we came up with the depth ski that was adjustable and could produce various sizes of the main shape. This turned a single tool into many, and was truly a novel concept for ceramic artists. The 9 tools that are seen today are a mix of shapes that were favored by us and artists, and some that are meant to push the creativity of those who use them.
- R1 Trapezoid Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a trapezoid foot shape. Max blade width is 17mm X height 19mm, min blade width 16mm X height 14mm.
- R2 Triangle Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a triangle foot shape. Max blade width 19mm X max height 20mm, min blade width 17mm X min height 14mm.
- R3 U Shape Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a U foot shape. Max blade width 19mm X max height 18mm, min blade width 15mm X min height 10mm.
- R4 Basic Concave Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a handle shape that is concave in the middle. Max blade width 21mm X height 14mm, min blade width 21mm X height 7mm.
- R5 Middle Ridge Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a handle shape with a ridge in the middle. Max blade width 20mm X max height 18mm, min blade width 19mm X min height 10mm.
- R6 Basic Oval Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a basic oval handle shape. Max blade width 21mm X max height 16mm, min blade height 21mm X min height 10mm.
R7 Single Line Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a handle shape with a single line down the middle.
R8 Double Line Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a handle shape with double lines down the middle. Max blade width 21mm X max height 15mm, min blade width 20mm X min height 9mm.
- R9 Double Round Handheld Clay Extruder - Slices through a slab to make a double rounded handle shape. Max blade width 22mm X max height 13mm, min blade width X min height 9mm.
What’s next for this series of tools?
Developing this series was a lot of fun for our team! We tried a lot of concepts that didn't quite work the way we wanted them to. What may look like some bent metal on a piece of wood is actually an artistic engineering challenge that has been refined over and over into its simplest form. After a lot of work and many iterations, ending up with a final product that was elegant and highly functional was very satisfying. We are already looking forward to expanding the R series after seeing what all artists out there can create with them and we're definitely interested in what shapes people may want to see in the future.
We are so excited to hear your thoughts on our new line of tools! If you have any questions when it comes to choosing and buying the handheld clay extruders, we’d like to help. Just leave a comment here on the blog, send us an email, or get in touch with our team on social media, we’re on Facebook and Instagram!