Sunday, May 11, 2014

CzeXtruder HD Review

A few more amazing tool by the
Lucy Clay Tools Company.

ALL CzeXtruder upgrades are SILVER in the USA




 A few short months back I was sent the HD Czextruder. It is so hard to keep something so amazing secret. I did not think it would be ready for production so soon. I was asked by a few why I didn't mention it when they purchased the original version. Some things are supposed to be kept between the manufacturer and I until they are ready to be sold. You must understand that as they ask me to try the tools months in advance and we go through test trials to get them to the right specifications. Try to get proper instructions ready and many made so that they are ready for all distributors. This process takes time. I appreciate your understanding and I am very honest with my buyers if I am asked it this is the best item for them I always tell the truth. If I know they have problems and need the HD I told them to wait. Since the first version and the HD are both amazing products I myself like both. I use both even still so to tell each person that there is a HD was not reasonable as the original was truly suitable for all clayers needs including my own. The HD is truly an upgrade of strength. WOW is it strong.

 I also appreciate the companys trust in me to try the products first most times before distributing them. I have been blessed that they trust in me and also take my advice and requests for change or updates at times. Sometimes another persons perspective on something makes it better in the long run. I truly only had one upgrade request, I asked for an updated top cap (I wanted it to where the Jam nut did NOT go into the cap) and that was updated. It was not a defective part of any tool just an upgrade I envisioned happening as it would be easier for customers to use. The only difference in what I sell to the buyers and what is sold in other shops is that, I do not sell in the USA, is I do NOT include the sticker any longer in my shipments to customers. The company met every request I made and WOW WOW did they meet them. The Hd czextruder and the HD double vise is amazing. The vise really made me happy as I wanted a little more support for the xxl Czextruders and they made it just how I dreamed. I love it.

 I am thrilled that the HD was ready for distribution when I was ready to fly to Florida for a vacation of clay and fun.  I was able to purchase the items for many and take them with me to the polymer retreat aka Fandango in Florida this May. I am very pleased with everything and I think you the artists will as well. Like I said its hard to keep a new exciting tool a secret, but I managed and experimented as asked and truly I am impressed with the upgrade.
What does HD stand for?


Heavy Duty Thread. I have been asked is it really that much of a difference in the thread. YES! There were requests for a stronger thread as some work with the heavier clays like Kato and sometimes Fimo Classic clay. The Designer for the company, daughter of the owner, Lucie herself uses only Kato clay when she creates and extrudes so the upgrade was created for all of us and her as well. What an awesome thing to have a dream of a tool and ask your father for it and he creates an amazing design. Lucie and her Father George are an amazing team. An artist and an engineer with vision. I see many wonderful things in the future and know many new secrets that are to come. ;)

Plus don't be afraid to ask for something, through me or the company. I am always happy to send ideas to them. I do that often myself as I see special needs that we as clayers need or want. Ideas and wishes are always welcome. Send messages to my email or Lc tools admin.

Below emails: or

You asked and the LC Tool Company listened and created just what everyone was looking for. A robust version of the Czextruder as they call it, I would describe it as Strong and Stable.  I found that with the thread thicker there was no lag at all when extruding. If you have really soft clay in there you can go a little clay silly and shoot it out like silly string when using the drill. Don't get to crazy and shoot clay all over, it can be messy. On a serious note, the thread and the plunger inside push the clay so easily that you are not working hard at all to create something amazing. An amazing Extruder and Awesome original Lcdisks you create canes and extruded shapes in just minutes, with little to no effort. Beautiful Extruded art in seconds. 
 A few questions were asked of me?? Does the larger thread make it the handle or extruder harder to use? No it does NOT make it harder to turn the crank handle. To me it seems easier. The thread is almost the full size of the inside of the extruder chamber so there is not much wiggle room so the Extruder is incredibly stable and the handle threads on the end as it did with the second version and once the Jam nut is tightened in place its dream Extruding. Hook it up to the drill and it is so incredibly easy and smooth to use. It just pushes the clay in my eyes faster and easier. I truly am impressed by the way the thread has increased the speed and quality of clay you extrude with very little effort by me the user by hand or with a drill.
As you all know I am disabled. I have very little strength in my hands and having to work with clay that is hard to extruder was virtually impossible until I found the Czextruder. All Models truly work with all clay but extruding Kato some say is hard. I find Fimo Classic is a bit more difficult to work with than any clay when extruding. I have a hard time conditioning Fimo Classic, the new Kato formula is amazing to work with. I even tried the Fimo Professional and truly all of the clays extrude like a dream with any Czextruder but the HD makes it extrude like butter. I found in past extruding before the Czextruder that all clay was more of an effort and with the second version of the Czextruder it was difficult at times with some clay. Premo is MY choice of clay. I do not ever have any problems using premo it is amazing for extrusion, all clays truly now and always have extruded like a dream with the czextruder, the HD just makes it even easier.  So if you want easy and fast extruding the HD Czextruder is for you.
I also wanted to note that its quality materials, steel and not a plastic attachment that you hook up to a drill. Its steel and does not break like other plastic or aluminum models on the market. It is a quality tool that will last you a life time if you take care of it.
I did use the LC lubricant more often with the HD. It didn't require me to but since it was such a large thread I wanted to start from the beginning taking care of it properly and found that it really makes it smooth extruding for all extruders. Just a little dab on the thread in a few spots, I spin the cap from top of the thread to the bottom and it distributes the lubricant evenly and it really helps the process plus takes good care of the thread.


One of my favorite HD parts is the new upgraded HD XXL Vise and Base. It is an upgrade I asked for and the company created it and it works amazing. I found with the XXL and the first vise that if extruding for long periods of time the longer xxl extruder seemed to not be as sturdy as I wanted it to be. I felt it needed another section of something to hold up the end towards the cap and handle. The company truly came through with this new vise. It is for the XXL Czextruders only. The 2nd version and the new Hd Czextruders. You put the 1st vise section which is threaded in the middle on the base with two hex screws and wing nuts (no tools necessary-hand tighten only). Then add the 2nd vise section which is an rubber protective O ring vise (two hex screws and tighten down with two wing nuts). Then add your LCDisk of choice to the threaded front vise, put your plunger in your Czextruder, add your clay, put the XXL Czextruder through the O ring vise then in thread it into the 1st vise by turning it easily in place of the threaded cap. Your XXL is then totally secure and strong and you can extrude for hours with No effort at all. Its an Awesome tool. I love it. I love that I could stand there all day and extrude with no pain and no effort. Thrilled with this great new upgrade. HD I think should stand for Heavenly Device. Because I am in extruder heaven when I am working with lucy clay tools.
Yes I am a distributor and sell them but truly as most customers know I am beyond honest when it comes to everything I sell and do. If I don't like something or think something needs improvement I say so. This HD Czextruder and New HD vise are a home run in the clay tool game and I am proud to be part of the LC team.
There were only 20 of the tools to go around. At the time of writing this blog I have place the pre-order for all the customers that were able to order first and I believe I have one of each size extra coming that are not sold. In a few weeks there will be more and I will have them in stock all of the time. I am so excited about them arriving in the USA and cant wait to hear what all of you think of them as well. I look forward to hearing your comments. Feel free to share your feelings here on my blog or my facebook page. I cant wait to see what you all make.

Guess what I have the XXL CzeXtruder and HD vise now in stock

click photos below to get yours.

Upgrades are out of stock and coming soon if pre ordered. Pre order the LC SLICER with the new LC BLADE UPGRADE

Below is an Extrodinary talented artists designs made with the Green new LCDisk #5, Lucie Struncova has create some fun free tutorials for all of us to create with. Enjoy and please stop by to thank her for her generosity and if you want to learn even more amazing unique designs buy her tutorial on Etsy or the E-shop. Her designs are unique fun and beautiful. I am proud to call her my dear friend and work partner. She is saving to come to the USA to travel to clay retreats and possibly come teach here. Help her reach that goal by buying her tutorial and following her on Facebook to support her amazing growth and talent as an artist. 

I am so amazed by all the fun designs that can be created with just one disk and there is so much more left to try and do. I cant wait to see what comes up next. Below click on the photos to take you to the tutorial that is free.  Lucie has generously created and shared her ideas and tutorials for free on her blog for all of us to create with and try.
To view Lucie's blog and all the amazing tutorials
Click below
All you need to create these amazing designs are
A Czextruder, Lcdisk #5, clay of choice and your hands.

To buy in the USA?

My Artfire shop click below on photos:




Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop
Click above to Visit the List of Bead Soup Blogs and Participants.
Please stop by and view all the gorgeous soup and amazing talent of all that created with them.
I was blessed to receive soup from a friend.
 You can find Her designs she makes and sells with Elegance and Amazing Eye for Design.
 The soup I received from Krafty Max.
She even sent me some amazing gifts. She is such a generous lovely person.
Here is the first piece I made with my lovely Bead soup. I love love pink so this was a treat. Gorgeous graduated pink beads and a lovely focal with pink flower.
I loved the pink glass beads and delicate golden antique looking flower pendant. Strung them up and put one of the lovely clasps she sent me on the side.
 I really loved the shell focal. Larger piece which I love and pretty little green heart glass beads. Strung with thread with fun flowers in oranges, pale green and darker green and finished with one of the beautiful clasps she sent me. I love this one and will wear this on my tropical vacation. Just the lime shirt to match it.

I received several focal beads and so many amazing beads from my partner. I only had a few days to work on them before leaving for a vacation to the polymer clay retreat, I look forward to making more pieces when I get back home to Michigan. I will share more soon. So stop back by.
Soup I sent, she loves dragonflies so I found this amazing focal bead made by glass artist


And where to find what the Amazing Krafty Max made with it. Visit my partners Blog. I enjoy reading her blogs each night before I go to bed. She is so inspiring and she makes amazing jewelry and I am the proud owner of a few of her lovely pieces.
Thank you all for stopping by.

Be sure to stop by all the other bead soup blogs.
Would love for you to comment even if to just say Hi I stopped and will do the same in return.
Happy Hopping.
Stick around a post by my CO-Blogger Valerie Cook and her Bead Soup for the swap.
Bead Soup Hop
And... here's the link of all the participants!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    

Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 

Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        

Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  

Please leave a comment so I know you stopped by. I will happily do the same in return. Happy Hopping.