Cloisonné Enamel Workshop – James Carter

Cloisonné Buttons Finished

Cloisonné Buttons Finished

I had the great opportunity to attend the Cloisonné Enamel Workshop Master Class at the Bead & Button show under the instruction of James Carter.  This was my first experience with Cloisonné.  I have to admit, after looking at James Carter’s website,

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Announcing a Fabulous New Metal Clay

Artist Lisel Crowley has written a great review of our new EZ960(tm) sterling silver clay. Check it out below and here: Lisel Crowley News

Lisel Crowley

Over the past few months, (March, 2016 to June 2016), I have had the distinct pleasure of testing a fabulous new Sterling Silver clay.

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New from Cool Tools….

New from Cool Tools
New Pliers! Choose from 3-Step, Bending/Forming, Half Round, Concave Round, Crimping and more.
Shop New Pliers
New Metal Blanks! Fun new shapes in Brass, Copper and Nickel Silver.
Shop Metal Blanks
Thompson Enamel Sampler Set – Start with this complete color sampler containing all 169 colors of Thompson medium temperature/medium expansion enamels.

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What’s in the Woods?

Sandhill Cranes
Here at Cool Tools there’s a wide variety of wildlife surrounding us. Here’s our local pair of Sandhill Cranes out for a stroll with their new colts. Baby Sandhill cranes are called colts because of their long, strong, well-developed legs. Video / Shop. Last Day..Spend $25.00 and get FREE Scratch Foam.

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Spend $25.00 and get FREE Scratch Foam

Spend $25.00 and get FREE Scratch Foam
Spend $25.00 or more and get free scratch foam! Perfect for making your own unique texture. Enter Code: “SCRATCH” in the coupon code box during checkout. Watch our video on how to use this versatile product. Offer ends June 6, 2016 at Midnight CDT.
Watch Video and Shop Here

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Product Feature Video: CoolSlip Anti-Stick Solution

Product Feature Video: CoolSlip Anti-Stick Solution
Check out the NEW CoolSlip product video HERE. Cool Tools CoolSlip is the first anti-stick product made just for metal clay and metal clay tools. Spray on textures and tools before use for crisp, stick-free impressions. Use as a spray or brush on.

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Alcohol Ink on Polymer Clay

Alcohol Ink on Polymer Clay
We really enjoyed reading this blog post from the “PINK and GREEN MAMA” blog. It’s alway great to see young folks working with clay. See the original post HERE. Shop our alcohol Inks HERE.

ALCOHOL INK ON POLYMER CLAY EMBOSSED PENDANT TILES

This is one of those ideas that popped into my head randomly.

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Free Shipping this Weekend!

Free Shipping this WeekendNow ’til Monday…Take advantage of FREE shipping. Stock up on the tools and supplies you need to keep creating! No minimum purchase amount required. All 50 U.S. states are eligible for free shipping. Enter the code: “MAY2016” in the coupon code box during checkout.

**Don’t forget to choose Free Shipping for the Shipping Method after entering the code.

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Throwback Thursday! Check out the “PMC 960” DIY video.

Check out the "PMC 960" DIY video.
Nothing beats the strength and shine of sterling silver, but sometimes, the firing schedules for PMC Sterling can be somewhat difficult. Combining PMC3 and PMC Sterling results in a new clay type that offers the best of both worlds. In this tool demo, learn how making PMC 960 is the perfect solution for strength and simple firing.

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New Video!

Setting Small Gemstones in Silver Metal Clay
Setting Small Gemstones in Silver Metal Clay by Valerie Bealle

Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor demonstrates three different methods to set small cubic zirconia in silver metal clay. In this video she uses PMC Flex along with 2mm cubic zirconias. Flex clay stays soft and pliable longer than other silver metal clay and allows the artist to make multiple bezel settings without the clay cracking and drying out.

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