I am trying to learn something new all the time. When asked to be part of the PC guilds round robbin next month, I said sure. And when asked what I will do, I picked something I really don't know that much about figuring it will be a good learning experience
So today I have been experimenting with my clay extruder in preparation for the guild presentation. I have not been too successful. First I tired to figure out how to use the core tool...all I could get was strings of clay coming out of the four corners of the die. Not a good way to start.
Then I to make a flower cane, using the teardrop shaped die. Not horrible but more time consuming that using my hands alone. After lunch, I was trying to repeat a trick that Christi Friesen had showed me last week using the die with the small holes in it. I could not figure out why the strings were coming out in varying lengths, long and short....it hadn't done that when Christi demoed.
So I got fearless and took it apart. Lo and behold the cylinder BEHIND the pushing part was filled with clay!. The washer had broken. After cleaning out I put on a new washers (I always wondered why the extruder came with a spare washer...) and tried again,
This time it worked well, but I really torqued the heck out of my wrist. Back to wearing the carpel brace. So, I learned that I really think I will do a different presentation for the guild - something less hard on my wrist.