Thursday, 13 November 2014

Polymer Clay Christmas Trees made using an Extruder

Polymer clay is very easy to shape and smooth into shape and using an extruder allows you to create lengths of consistently shaped clay which can be coiled, pressed together to create complex multi-coloured canes, woven or plaited.

The Makin's Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder
The Makin's Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder

These Christmas Tree decorations were created using extruded polymer clay which has been wrapped around a cone shape and baked in the oven to make the shape permanent.

Extruded Sculpey Ultralight on cone

The extruded clay is coiled around a cardboard cone covered in tin foil.  The cone is used as a former to keep the shape of the clay while it is baked in a domestic oven.

Extruded polymer clay on cone

For further information visit our Fact File page Polymer Clay Christmas Trees using an Extruder at

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Milliput Epoxy Putty

Milliput is a remarkably versatile putty. It can be used to seal or bond metals, plastics, masonry, wood, glass, tile brick and ceramics, and can also be cast or used for mould making. The two-part epoxy putty is cold setting, non shrinking and available in 5 colours; Standard Yellow/Grey, Terracotta, Silver Grey, Black and Superfine White.

To use Milliput, blend equal amounts of each stick by rolling and kneading until the colour is uniform and free from streaks. Once the two parts have been mixed, the putty is at first soft and highly adhesive. It becomes rock hard in three to four hours and does not shrink, even when used underwater.

After hardening the Milliput continues to cure for another three to four hours then it can be machined, drilled, tapped, turned, filed, sawn, sandpapered and painted.  The fully cured clay is heat resistant up to 130 degrees.

A great example of how you can use Milliput is demonstrated below. Pewter Aircraft used Milliput to create the framework for this model aircraft design by adding and manipulating the putty to create the shape of their components. They then used a silicone moulding compound which they shaped around their Milliput masters to create pewter castings.


Visit the George Weil Model Making section for a range of materials and tools.