Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Tools - Northstar Extruder

People call themselves foodies- I am a toolie. This weekend my dear husband installed my new toy - a Stainless Steel 4" Wall Extruder from Northstar. Northstar makes all of their equipment themselves and stands behind it for a lifetime. I have a slab roller from them and it is a beautiful piece of machinery. Like any new tool, it takes some time to get to know it. Being able to create much larger and longer pieces, I need to really clear the decks before I start.

Bridges Pottery Northstar Extruder
Bridges Pottery Northstar Extruder
For its maident extrusion I tried out my die that I use for napkin rings. Now normally I use what looks like a cauk gun and have to squeeze the trigger to pump out the shape. One smooth pull and voila.

The ridged strips become the ring. I added decorative medallion and then let them set up. These will be great for the holidays.
Bridges Pottery Northstar Extruder - Napkin Rings
I also tried my hand at a butter dish..... This was really interesting, but will take some tinkering to get it the way I want it - this is my first one ( these usually end up in MY kitchen).
Bridges Pottery Northstar Extruder - Butter Dish

1 comment:

  1. I simple love Polish pottery, does anyone know where I can find some to purchase?