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Jul
15

Working with Metal Clay is much like working with any other clay, the only difference is, it’s way more rewarding! Mold and shape, etch and manipulate this wonderful clay anyway you want. The real magic happens once this metal clay is heated, all that remains is pure solid metal jewelry.

Metal Clay essentially consists of metal and organic binder. Metal Clay can be used to create pieces of art and jewelry, and is perfect where small detail is needed. Heating metal clay at a high temperature results in pure silver, bronze, copper or gold Metal.

There are many benefits to using Metal Clay for various jewelry making projects. Metal Clay makes working with Metal unbelievably easy, you’re working with metal in a way that was until recent years impossible. Metal Clay allows you to add intricate detail thanks to a slight shrinking that happens during the firing process. There are also various ways of heating the Metal Clay to achieve your finished product. You can add color, different textures and create a truly unique piece of jewelry with Metal Clay. Try out Metal Clay for yourself and discover the fun and resourcefulness of it.

Jun
22
As usual, the Bead&Button Show was a blast! This is only our 3rd year, and I knew it would be grueling, but it’s so much fun I hardly notice not eating and barely getting bathroom breaks. And who needs food anyway when you’ve got a huge bowl of dark chocolate to tide you over? I love the show because its so full of energy and excitement and I get to connect with customers, make new friends and have the opportunity to buy some wonderful things from people who’s work I admire. Last year, I picked up some pieces from the amazingly talented Christi Anderson (who won best in show for 2009), Barbara Becker Simon and Holly Gage. This year, I had wanted to get another piece from Christi Anderson, but she had won another Best in Show and was sold out! I did manage to get over to Anne Choi’s booth. I’ve loved her style for years and it was so nice to meet her in person and take home a treasure. I also got to meet super cool Thomas Mann, the saw guy; darling Donna Penoyer, the whistle lady, Mary Hettmansburger (awesomely creative artist), Jill MacKay, and so many others.
We were extra busy this year because we provided and set up 2 Paragon Kilns and 16 Amaco Trinkit kilns and a bunch of tools for Gwen Berneckers’ Keum Boo and enameling classes. Me and Gwen and my hubby Alan spent an evening putting together the Trinkit Kilns and getting everything in place, then went shopping at Whole Foods so Gwen could stock up for her stay. Gwen mentioned that she had a really sore shoulder, but I was shocked when she texted me on Wednesday to say she was in the ER with a torn rotator cuff! What a trooper…she did the rest of her classes in a sling and never once complained. Gwen is not just a nice lady, she is also a pretty tough cookie.
We introduced some new products that I am so excited about! My new Integrated Findings Template, Hollow Rings Templates, (watch for upcoming videos demonstrating the unique way I use my templates), some new Antique Molds, and the Jewelry Artist kiln that I designed were all big hits, and this year we gave out about 150 lbs of those cool Texture Rocks we collect in New Mexico that are crushed slag from the Arizona Copper Queen mine.
I want to thank each and every person who came by our booth to say hello and to shop. Now that I’m recovered and my house no longer looks like a bomb went off, I can’t wait for next years show!
-Mardel
Jun
11

Cool Tools will be attending the Bead & Button show this June in Milwaukee WI. This event is actually the largest Bead & Button Show in the world! Come and see Cool Tools and all of the new products we will be introducing and specials we will have to offer.

Attend the Milwaukee WI, Bead & Button Show and see Cool Tools from June 10th-13th, 2010 at Booths 955, 957, 1056, and 1058. We will be introducing several new products this year at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, June 10th-13th. Cool Tools has several new Jewelry Shape Template designs, a wonderful Findings template that allows the jewelry artist to create integrated links, bails and connectors, 2 oz Slik baby, several wild new Antique Molds, and a new line of element and component textures called Jewelry Artist Elements.

We will also have a great big box of Texture Rocks. These are one of a kind ‘rocks’ from the Copper Queen mine in Bisbee, Arizona. The rocks are crushed slag from the smelter and they have the most awesome textures and each one is different. We’ll be offering your choice of Texture Rocks with any $20 purchase. The Bead & Button Show, over 370 vendors will be present, selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies and books. The Bead & Button show also offers over 600 bead and jewelry classes. You won’t want this miss out on this amazing event! Join in the fun and come see Cool Tools!