New Antique Molds – Great for Polymer and Metal Clay Artists!

Written by Diane Rein

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.

July 28, 2015

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New Video – Make a BRONZclay Pendant

Written by Diane Rein

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.

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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.

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 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).
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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.

 

July 23, 2015

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Montana Agate created by award winning Joe Jelks!

Written by Diane Rein

 

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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

July 15, 2015

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Metal Magic Silver Clay

Written by Diane Rein
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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

July 13, 2015

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July’s Survey Winner

Written by Diane Rein

Congratulations to Katherine Natalia Wadsworth, the winner of the July Cool Tools Survey Contest. Katherine has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.

Katherine was excited and told us a little about herself:

Jewelry Created By Katherine“Thanks, that’s great! I look forward to figuring out what goodies I might take home with the gift certificate. Being a native introvert, I have no idea what on earth you’d like to hear about my “reaction” here, but I hope that the simple happiness I feel at receiving such a nice reward for being a willing participant in the survey/good citizen of the metal clay world will be enough for you to go on! 😉

About me: I have been primarily a lampwork beadmaker for the last 15 years or so, and I use metal clay to design components to complement the glass work in some of my jewelry designs (the attached image shows an example that recently appeared in 1000 Beads, published by Lark). I have a strong background in traditional metalsmithing and glass, but I particularly enjoy taking classes in metal clay techniques because I am thrilled by the ways that this new field is so rapidly evolving, almost reinvented each year.  And just so you know, it was Wanaree Tanner in particular turned me on the the special items available at Cool Tools that I could use to enhance my efforts.

Thanks for the gift, it will be a very sweet reward for just a little effort!

Katherine”

After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey. Your thoughts help us improve as a company and also help us better understand your needs. Each month, we select a winner and the next one could be you!

Help us congratulate Katherine this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

July 5, 2015

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