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Jul
28

New Antique Molds are here!

At Cool Tools, we are continuing to add new designs to our inventory.  Our new selection includes;  Winged Dragon, Egyptian Prediction or Saturn’s Galaxy to name a few. Use them for centerpieces, accents, components and texture.  These molds work great with BRONZclay, COPPRclay, PMC, ArtClay, Metal Magic Silver Clay, Sculpey Regular, Sculpey PRIMO! and Sculpey Souffle Polymer Clays and Kato Polyclays!

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“Top: “Moon at Rest”, Bottom left: “Moon Scape”, Right: “Pharaoh”

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Top: “Saturn’s Galaxy”, Right: “Stars & Moon”, Bottom: “Starry Night”, Middle Left: “Sun Beaming”

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Top: “Flying Dragon”, Bottom Left: “Dragon Warrior”,

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Top and Left: “Aztec Lock” & “Aztec Lock Small”, Right: “Roman Symbol”

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Left: “Roped Anchor”, Top: “Supernova”, Bottom: “Stay Anchored”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop over 500 beautiful Antique Molds today to be the first to get these new designs.

Jul
23

Artists have been making bronze jewelry for thousands of years. With the introduction of bronze clay, modern jewelry artists have a wonderful medium which is inexpensive in comparison to silver and gold clays, allowing the artist to be more generous and experimental with their designs and creativity. In this video, I create a rustic bronze clay pendant  If you are new to metal clay or bronze clay, you will love this project.

Bronze pendant with texture tile

This is the texture I used for this piece.

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My first bronze pendant.

I haven’t made many pieces out of bronze clay as my first love is silver clay.  I’ve seen so many beautiful bronze pieces in magazines, at trade shows and on line that I thought it was high time I jumped in to see if I could improve my techniques, gain a better understanding of the firing schedules, work with  patina gel and understand the shrinkage rate. Above are  photos of my first piece.  I was surprised at how easy it was.  I looked in magazines for inspiration.

I then decided it was time to create the video and show all of the steps it took to make this piece. Click on the video screenshot below to watch the video or order the kit we created that includes 30 grams of BRONZclay to get you started.

Bronze clay video screen shot

 Here are a few other photos that I took when I created this project.

Here are the stages of this pendant.  The first two are the pendant and the bail.  The bail was placed over a straw to dry.  The third is the pendant ready for firing and the last photo is the final piece that I antiqued by using Patina Gel and then polished with polishing paper.

Stages of this pendant. The first two are the clay pendant and a smaller piece for the bail which was placed over a straw to dry. The third is the pendant ready for firing and the last photo is the final piece that I antiqued by using Patina Gel and then polished with polishing paper.

Here is the pendant directly after firing.  It is sitting on the texture tile (Body Wave).

Pendant directly after firing. It is sitting on the texture tile (Body Wave).

Bronze pendant with text and temp unfired

This photo shows the template I used.

If you would like to order the texture or the template separately, click on the product codes below:

Texture Tile – TTL-414

Jewelry Shape Template – TMP-211

I will continue my bronze clay projects and show you my progress.

 

Jul
15

 

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Introducing Exquisite Montana Agate Gemstones created by award winning Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral Lapidary. Joe’s attention to detail is well known in the lapidary world.

He cuts, grinds and polishes each stone individually.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique and we photograph each one individually.

Shop our great selection of these one of a kind treasures at: http://www.cooltools.us/New-Gemstones-s/1651.htm

Jul
13
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Here are some examples of the product in multiple forms. The first is a fired, finished piece with Patina Gel. The second is a fired piece that was brass brushed. The third piece is an unfired piece of dry Metal Magic Silver Clay.

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Introducing a new silver clay product on the market called Metal Magic Silver Clay. This product is 75% fine silver and 25% binder by weight, which means that it shrinks 25% during firing in comparison to other brands of .999 silver clay that shrink 10 – 15%. It is available in 3 three sizes (25, 50 and 100 Gram packs) and comes in lump form only.

Metal Magic Silver Clay is a high quality  that was easy to work and manipulate.  Because it shrinks 25% we do not recommend this product for rings.  On a positive side, because of the shrink factor, this form is excellent for highlighting details and texture

We tested Metal Magic Silver Clay, check out our video to see the results!  Click the link below to order this product and watch the video.

http://www.cooltools.us/Metal-Magic-s/1987.htm

Oct
2

Introducing the most exquisite collection of stones we have ever offered! This collection of beautiful cabochons includes Botswana Agate, Petrified Palm wood and Fossil Coral.

These stunning gemstones are highly polished on both sides. Choose the perfect one for your distinctive creation.

This is an exclusive small batch of unique gems. Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. This is a limited assortment, order now!

Hand Cut and Polished in the USA

Sep
10

Introducing our stunning new selection of Zebra Jasper, Sugilite, Sonora Dendritic Jasper, and Petrified Wood featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Gems!

Sugilite is a rare stone only found in Japan and South Africa. Sugilite is considered one of the most important love stones. Many believe that Sugilite represents spiritual love and wisdom, opening and aligning all the chakras to love with its beautiful purple rays. Petrified Wood was once an ancient, living, breathing tree. It was buried and fossilized, over a long period of time, and the organic parts of its structure were replaced by minerals. The markings and patterns on the stone are the original tree’s growth rings and knots. Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper comes from Mexico and is a relatively new stone that is mainly composed of feldspar, mica and quartz that was created by lava flowing over rock. Sonora Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper is often connected to change, progress and creativity. Zebra Jasper is a variety of Jasper in the quartz family (chalcedony) identifiable by its zebra-like stripes. Metaphysically, Zebra Jasper is used for those needing to escape the perils of over-thinking and promotes the enjoyment of experiencing life as it comes. It also helps to stimulate the transition from the material plane to the astral plane during meditation and assists in centering of the soul. On the physically plane, Zebra Jasper is said to be helpful with stamina, endurance, bone disorders, osteoporosis, teeth, gums, muscle spasms, and heart palpitations.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes. Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Order now before they are gone.

Sep
8

Introducing our huge new 1 kilogram base metal clay packs available in BRONZclay, COPPRclay, and FASTfire BRONZclay.

New 1 Kilogram Metal Clay PacksThese extra-large kilogram packs have 1,000 grams of clay inside of a convenient glass jar for easy storage. Buy it in bulk and save more money!

BRONZclay, COPPRclay, and FASTfire BRONZclay are so affordable, they can be used to for any small project or even to sculpt large and intricate pieces. These clays can even be thrown on a potter’s wheel to shape bronze and copper hollowware. Base metal clay allows the artist to experiment with how far (and big!) designs can go.  These bronze and copper clays can be pinched, rolled, sculpted and manipulated. In its dried state, it’s still highly flexible and easy to carve—an ideal canvas for applying details and finishing touches prior to firing.

Order our new 1 kilogram base metal clay packs today and discover the deep savings available.

Aug
11

PMC960Introducing our new PMC 960 Combo Packs featuring equal parts of PMC3 and PMC Sterling for making PMC 960 clay.

PMC 960 clay is a new technique of enriching the sterling silver clay with PMC3. Mixing these two clays results in a stronger metal clay that can be fired on an open kiln shelf without carbon. 960 provides all the benefits of PMC3 and PMC Sterling, and creating it is quick and easy.

Shop our discounted PMC 960 Combo Packs today and see how this new clay is the perfect solution to strength and simple firing.

Watch our new PMC 960 video to learn to make this new clay that offers the best of both worlds.

Aug
8

The Cool Tools Clay Hydrator is a clay storage container specifically designed for adding moisture back into your clay. The innovative design allows metal clay to absorb the proper amount of moisture so clay remains hydrated and workable long after you have opened the package. Every metal clay artist has gone back into an old opened package and found their leftover clay too dry to work with. The Cool Tools Clay Hydrator eliminates this issue and can save you hundreds of dollars in lost clay.

Clay HydratorThe Cool Tools Clay Hydrator allows you to keep metal clay moist and workable for months-on-end. Keep your clay in a Cool Tools Clay Hydrator during the design process to make sure it doesn’t dry out. This can save you hundreds of dollars, and help make sure you never lose clay to dryness again. If you’ve been working with some clay and your hands have dried it out, place it in the hydrator, and in less than 30 minutes, you will begin to notice a difference in the workability. Never be limited again by dried out clay.

Only use distilled water in the Clay Hydrator because it does not have impurities, which prevents molding. When adding clay to the Hydrator, loosely wrap it in a small piece of plastic wrap. Do not wrap it too tightly, because this allows the moisture in the air to get into the clay. Never place clay directly on the sponge, or the water and the clay will make a mess and form slip.

Each sponge is sized perfectly for the Clay Hydrator, so everything fits together nicely. This bottom sponge should be soaked a little more thoroughly, allowing a small amount of water to rest in the bottom of the base. This water is slowly absorbed through the bottom sponge, and continuously pulled up into the air by the top sponge. During this process, your clay absorbs this much needed moisture and re-hydrates any metal clay. This innovative design creates the perfect environment to keep metal clay hydrated for several months.

Watch our Clay Hydrator Video and see how this innovative and inexpensive tool can save your clay, your time, and most important, your money.

Jul
30

Introducing our stunning new selection of Bamboo Agate, Chrysocolla, Crazy Horse Jasper, Natural Druzy, and Kyanite featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Natural Stones

Bamboo Agate features brilliantly banded patterns of white, clear, black, greyand orange. Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. Chrysocolla is a hydrous copper silicate, often forming with copper salts, iron and manganese oxides. Chrysocolla is known to form in oxidation zones of copper ore bodies and is actually considered a minor ore for the mineral copper. Although Chrysocolla may be a ‘lesser known’ gemstone, it is still a very fascinating stone that is highly sought-after by many avid gem and mineral enthusiasts. Chrysocolla belongs to a very small group of copper-bearing gems which gives it the green coloring and patterns. This Chrysocolla comes from Arizona, a well know copper mining area. Crazy Horse Jaspers add a bit of whimsy and wonder to the mix, encouraging us to enjoy life, to seek beauty and humor, and to not take ourselves too seriously. Druzy, also often spelled drusy, druse or drusies, refers to tiny quartz crystals that form within or on the surface of other stones. A Druzy stone features this unique crystal-like finish that has the look and feel like no other stone.  It occurs within geodes, which are hollow, spherical rocks, and lines the interior walls and cavities that occur. This dense form of quartz called chalcedony forms the exterior rind, and what is left is a beautiful druzy finish. Our Druzy gemstones range from bright white and pinks to brilliant reds, browns and greys.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes.

Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Order now before they are gone.