Would you like some work aids to elevate your polymer clay extruder ideas for creative projects? At the bottom of this post you will find a multitude of patterns for you to download. Use these patterns to easily design and make canes and patterns for slabs. It is just so easy and fun to do! But first, read this post to get great tips for how and where to use extruded patterns.
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Ideas for creative projects:

  1. Canes: Create canes from the patterns provided here by LC Tools. Or you can, design your own patterns by printing the blank sheets featuring outlines of the disk patterns then colour them in with pencils to create your own bespoke designs.
  2. Filigree Work: Use thin extruded strands to form delicate filigree patterns for jewellery or embellishments.
  3. Miniature Food: Craft realistic miniature food items by extruding clay into shapes like pasta, fruits, and vegetables.
  4. Mosaic Tiles: Produce small, uniform shaped tiles for mosaic art pieces.
  5. Knitted Wool: Extrude strings of clay and twist to get a knitted effect.
  6. Bead Making: Extrude clay into long tubes and slice them to form beads of consistent size and shape.
  7. Hair and Fur Textures: Generate fine strands to simulate hair or fur for figures and sculptures.
  8. Geometric Shapes: Utilize different disc shapes to extrude geometric forms for modern art projects.
  9. Custom Stamps: Create your own stamps by extruding unique shapes and patterns and baking them.
  10. Mixed Media Art: Incorporate extruded clay elements into paintings or other mixed media artwork for added dimension.

LC Disks work with most extruder brands:

The LC Extruder Disks were developed by LC Tools for their CZExtruders, but you are not restricted to using them in the LC Extruders as they also fit most standard size extruders. The disks themselves measure 18mm in diameter. There is a huge variety of designs to choose from. You will be creating unique polymer clay extruded patterns and canes in no time! Making canes becomes a breeze, by simply fitting the extrusions together to create intricate designs.

About creating patterns using LC Disks:

Below are links to patterns for each disk. You can download them to your device, or print and keep to have on hand. Having patterns and outlines available for each disk will greatly assist in planning and visualizing the final look of your projects. Colour in (with pencils) the outlines on the blank patterns using different colours. This allows you to decide on the best colour combinations and designs before you start actually working with clay.

Here are a few tips to make the most out of these resources:

  • Experiment with Colour: Don’t hesitate to try out unusual or bold colour combinations. Sometimes the most unexpected pairings create the most striking results.
  • Consider Contrast: When selecting colours, use contrast to highlight details of the pattern.
  • Test Patterns: Use the different patterns and new disk combinations to create with your extruder patterns.
  • Make new disk extrusions: Layer 2 or more disks together in the extruder to create a different disk pattern.
  • Keep a Record: Maintain a notebook or digital folder of your coloured outline patterns and the resulting projects for future reference. Include a baked slice of each cane you create so that you can recreate it in the future.
  • Share Your Creations: If you’re part of a crafting community, share your coloured in outlines and the finished projects to inspire others.

Use the guides below to get inspired polymer clay extruder Ideas for creative projects. Remember, the key to successful polymer clay art is to enjoy the process and let your creativity flow!


The link below is to a YouTube video by Alena Becker


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