Tiny Extrusions


In building the machine, the extrusion head will likely be the most challenging part to construct, so I am begining by doing some small tests, whilst thinking about how clay is typically extruded. I found a little clay syringe in the ceramics workshop and used it to experiment with the idea of extrusion. The tool has a selection of fittings which allow for the clay to be pushed out with a range of cross-sectional shapes. Varying how I used the tool, I found I could get different effects, using the workbench to block the clay as it came out of the syringe, causing it to clump or stutter, or moving the extruder in different ways whilst pushing down on the plunger.






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