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This ring shows that you can make complex jewelry using simple techniques, tools and tricks - (and a little patience).

The Electric Birthday Cake Ring is a light-up ring made of fine silver clay. The candle flame was modeled from Jett Basic, which is semi-transparent so the light glows softly through it. Push down on the candle to turn it on, then push again to turn it off. The electronics are hidden inside the cake. The battery for the light can be changed by turning the cake counter clockwise to unlock it from the base.

I used a form for the cake, then “frosted” it with paste. All the roses were hand sculpted. All the leaves were modeled with a clay shaper. The draped bits were impressed with a clay scraper. I made a custom template for the platter. The shank is made with my Ring Shank Template. I used the AlphaDisc to impress “Happy Birthday” around the shank. The ring is a size 7.

Treat yourself to the tools and supplies you need to express your passions.

-Mardel (The Metal Clay Cake Boss!)


The Cool Tools Jewelry Design Gallery is up and running and ready to give everyone some inspiration!

Cool Tools offers you a chance to check out some great finished jewelry made by some amazing artists. Currently the featured artists are Lisa Barth and Marco Fleseri.

Lisa Barth is a wire jewelry artist and metal clay instructor from Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches wire artistry and metal clay and absolutely loves sharing her passion for this art. In the Jewelry Design Gallery you’ll find an extensive selection of jewelry from Lisa Barth. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including BeadStyle, Bead & Button, Australian Beading, and Metal Clay Artist Magazine. Lisa draws her inspiration from the stone she is working with and recognizes the harmony needed between the metal and stone. In the Jewelry Design Gallery you can view several pieces by Lisa Barth and also visit her website for more inspiration.

Marco Fleseri began his career as a jewelry artist when he took a metalsmithing class in 1988. For 18 years he focused on traditional fabrication techniques. Marco became interested in metal clay and began focusing on it in 2005 using torch firing techniques. Marco gets his inspiration from an idea from machinery, history, biology, patterns, language, or color. His designs are mostly hand sculpted and has recently been using carving techniques. Marco occasionally teaches at the Lill Street Art Center in Chicago. In the gallery you will find a great selection of Marco’s work and his website information.

Both artists have beautiful pictures of jewelry featured with a variety of styles and designs.

Keep an eye on the Jewelry Design Gallery for more pictures and more featured artists. Cool Tools offers you access to these amazing pieces of metal clay jewelry.


Creating your own jewelry has never been easier! Metal Clay allows unlimited possibilities and gives jewelers the edge in shaping and making their own unique ideas reality. Start up a new hobby today, or master a technique all from the comfort of your own home when you choose Metal Clay for creating your very own jewelry.

Cool Tools gives you all the tools, resources and materials for creating your very own unique Metal Clay Jewelry. Learn how to create specific Metal Clay Projects or learn new jewelry making techniques at the Cool Tools Learning Center. Create Metal Clay Necklaces, Bracelets, Pendants, Earrings and more. Learn how to create all these fun projects by visiting out Learning Center. At the Learning Center you’ll find videos for how to create such unique ideas like a Copper Layered Necklace, as well as beautiful pendant projects like the Roll Over Pendant and the Drop Grid Pendant. The Learning Center also features downloadable projects and instructional videos. At Cool Tools we want to provide you with all you’ll need to become a skilled jewelry maker, so start something new today. To get started purchase a Metal Clay Kit, or find a downloadable project and order all the right supplies. Good luck!


Cool Tools can be your new go-to place for learning all kinds of Metal Clay jewelry techniques. If you haven’t already visited Cool Tools Learning Center you might want to head on over and view some of these great worthwhile videos.

At Cool Tools you’ll find several different types of technique videos. From Metal Clay Techniques, such as how to condition Bronze Clay to Metal Clay Ring Sizing. We offer the best advice and insights into creating quality pieces of jewelry. The Learning Center is such a great way to improve your jewelry making skills. Learn about Making and Using Bronze Clay Paste or making and using flexible Clay. We offer simple videos that are easy to understand and view so that you get the whole idea of each technique such as rehydrating BRONZclay or the how-to if Silicone Mold Making. Cool Tools wants you to be the best jeweler you can be and have the most fun possible, learn a new technique today by visiting the Cool Tools Learning Center.