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Kato extruder beads

Posted on March 10, 2010

I just realised that although there is a fair amount of talk on flickr and in the comments about these brown Kato Extruder beads I haven’t actually posted a picture of them here. I know you have seen the necklace which uses a disc pendant and some smaller beads using this technique but here are the beads I made first. I am writing the tutorial as we speak! It’ll be here soon.


  1. I like these!! I think I know how the outer part was made. I’m just curious about why it looks like there is texture under the extruded slices. I guess I’ll have to wait 🙂

  2. ahh that texture is part of te extruded slice

  3. Hmmmmm, very interesting!!

  4. Hi Cara
    what a great Tut you have made here.
    I had those troubles with the extruded clay coming out like yours, but never thought to do that with it, just put it together and made the flowers as is. Love the beads you made from it, a bit like Jupiter beads.
    Love your spliced cane necklace will have to make mine up like that now. see you

  5. Hi Cara, love that tut about the extruder and thank you for putting such a nice comment on my blog. I love your Donna Kato flowers too, did you get that out of one of her books? I have them all I guess I’ll have to look for it. Going to put you on my blog.

  6. Ahh I think perhaps I need to be more clear about the use of the word Kato. I am talking about made from Kato clay rather than from Donna Kato techniques. I made them during my brand comparison trials (look on the top right of my blog for a link to that). It is a spliced flower cane which is why I refered to them as the Kato Spliced Flower canes (they were so much prettier than the premo and the fimo ones). I learnt them from Cindy Leitz’s video newsletter but I am sure I have seen elsewhere on the internet in my many travels.

  7. Recently I received an email from Donna (Kato)
    and Vern at Prairiecraft:
    “Dear Kato Clayers

    I am happy to announce that any Kato Poly Clay in stock and shipping as of now is the newer tweaked formula that is much easier to condition. We do have some of the original in various colors available at a deep discount. If you have an interest in any of the closeout clay just give Vernon a call.

    This months discount coupons are:
    LAMB5 5% discount for order over $50.00
    LAMB10 10% discount for orders over $100.00
    LAMB15 15% discount for order over $200.00
    Coupons good till the end of MARCH.

    Vernon & Donna

    Prairie Craft”

    The new formula is supposed to be easier to condition. I have not tried it yet. It probably means that it would be less likely to give you that crumbly effect 🙁

  8. Hmm you could have a point there. Although I hope they won’t make it too much softer as it’s firmness is what appeals to most Kato users. It might take us a while to get the new stuff in the UK, not sure how much the suppliers keep in stock (I might email them to ask actually to see if it is worth ordering some more old stuff here..).

    I have tried to super condition Kato to try and get this extruded cane to stick together and couldn’t so I hope even with the new formulation you could still get some crumbs by not conditioning too much.

    But if all else fails we could use this tip I just read on Cindy Leitz’s blog (see link on side) from Carrie – W. To summarise – If you are trying to make Jupiter beads which require old clay that cracks and you haven’t got any – put the clay you want to use in the freezer for a bit first.

  9. In fact if I had read on a bit before dashing over to post my comment I would have read Cindy’s comment on running clay between 2 sheets of paper through the pasta machine to leach the plasticizers. As an impatient person I have always thought, this clay is too soft really – oh well I will use it anyway rather than put it between some paper under some books for a few hours. Thanks again to Cindy for a top tip! (right back to read some more)

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