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Jan
25

How To Highlight - Miniature book

How To Highlight – Miniature book

Miniature books and lockets can make the most beautiful and intricate jewelry. Adding your own personal touch to the pages in your book can really personalize your designs. In this project, learn to make a spiral book pendant, and see how this advanced technique can set your jewelry designs apart from all the rest.

Check it out here: http://ow.ly/XvcIQ

Dec
9

 

Lisel Crowley

Lisel Crowley

 

Cool Tools was delighted to host Connecticut Metal Clay Artist and Instructor, Lisel Crowley recently. While here in the midwest, Lisel took the time to visit the Cool Tools Studio to film several new videos for our video library. The first video, already released, features Lisel creating one of a kind textures using Scratch Foam and Xiem stylus tools. We will soon release two additional videos that showcase Lisel’s talents and artistic style; Her Embrace Setting video that marries a dichroic glass gemstone with her own unique take on a metal clay setting, and her Art Nouveau pendant, which showcases her artistic style and a cool new template, designed to easily create a metal clay bezel for a cz, glass cabochon or other fireable stone.

We first met Lisel in August of this year when she hosted the 2nd Metal Clay Mojo Conference in Chester Connecticut. Lisel brought together a wonderful group of artists and talented instructors from the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and beyond. In addition to being the creator and organizer of the Metal Clay Mojo Conference, Lisel is also the founder and director of the Metal clay Artisan Guild in Connecticut. Building community and furthering artistic excellence in metal clay is a passion for Lisel, who strives to provide continued support and mentoring for her students and fellow metal clay artists.

A self described “creativity addict,” Lisel also likes to work with fused glass, alcohol ink painting and silk dyeing. She loves engaging in the creativity process and is constantly trying new media, techniques and styles. Her work has been featured in The Crafts Report (now Handmade Business), Art Jewelry Magazine and Easy Metal Clay. For a complete listing of Lisel’s upcoming classes and workshops, check out her website at liselcrowley.com.

 

Watch Lisel’s Scratch Foam Project

Check out the photos below that show the different stages of the Scratch Foam Project

Pendant in green-ware state - unfired

Pendant in green-ware state – unfired

Finished Pendant ready to wear

Finished Pendant ready to wear

Finished Pendant and Scratch Foam with Design

Finished Pendand and Scratch Foam with Design

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.

Bronze Pendant

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
13
DSC_0590 DR

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.

MMS-025-2

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

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.

May
5

The Sanding Detailer tools are exciting new sanding sticks that were specifically developed for those hard to reach sanding jobs. Unlike other sanding products, the Sanding Detailers give you 3 different working surfaces including the tapered end for intricate areas, the round end for curved and convex areas, and the flat surface for a perfectly flush finish. The detailers feature replaceable sanding belts that can be rotated around the piece. No other sanding tools are more useful, versatile, or more efficient.

New Sanding Detailers

Each detailer is a different color so you will always know which grit you are working with. Each sanding stick has a replaceable belt that is quick and easy to swap out. Try our innovative Sanding Detailers today and you will experience how having these versatile little tools can revolutionize your refining and finishing skills.

Watch our new Sanding Detailer video for tips and tricks to getting the perfect finish.

Apr
30

Mega Tiles are a new Cool Tools exclusive and are designed to be perfect for projects both large and small.

All New Mega Tiles

Mega Tiles are basically our popular Texture Tiles, just quite a bit bigger. Mega Tiles measure 9 ¼” x 6“ and are about 7 times larger than Texture Tiles. Just like our TTLs, they are flexible, washable and can be used with any soft clay. It has never been easier to roll out your clay textures. No matter what you are working on, Mega Tiles are sure to be perfect for your next project.

Mega Tiles work just like our Texture Tiles. Spritz them with Cool Slip, and begin designing. Our Rolling Frames pair excellent with Mega Tiles. The entire frame sits comfortably on the Mega Tile so there is no rocking or searching for additional textures to hold and level your frames. Since there is plenty of real estate on these tiles, it allows you pick your favorite part of the texture and comfortably design your piece. Mega Tiles are ideal for all metal clay projects, ceramic and porcelain clay projects, and designing with any type of polymer clay. Never be limited again by the size of your texture.

Cool Tools carries a wide array of Mega Tile designs, including some of our most popular textures, as well as new exciting and exclusive designs. Try our new Cool Tools Mega Tiles today and see how these roomy new textures are perfect for projects both large and small.

Check out our new Mega Tile video to see how versatile the new textures can be!

Apr
16

Jump Rings Made Easy

New in the Video LibraryWhen making jewelry, it’s always a good idea to have jump rings at the ready.  Having a tool to easily manufacture your own can not only save you time, but save you money. In this tool demo, learn to make any size jump rings with the easy-to-use jump ring kit.

Using a Micro Engraver

Custom designs engraved into metal produces some of the most unique and personalized pieces. Having a tool to quickly design, mark, or sign your pieces, can be quite helpful. In this tool demo, learn to use the new micro engraver to add your own personal touch to your next project.

Leaf Textures in Metal Clay

If you’re looking for a beautiful natural texture, nothing can beat designing with a leaf. Organic objects often make the most unique and stunning patterns. In this technique video, learn to use a leaf to make beautiful, textured jewelry.

Jan
24

Bezel Cup Rings  |  Syringe Settings  |  How to Make Headpins

New in the Video Library

Jan
13

Introducing our new freeform natural gemstone collection featuring vibrant Amethyst Stalagtites and brilliant Stabilized Turquoise.

New Stones!These unique freeform gemstones make perfect centerpieces for designing one of a kind jewelry. Get your hands on a stone no one else has.

Stalagtites are formed at the roof of a cave and begin with one drop of mineral-rich water. When the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite. Each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another ring. Over time, these rings build to create a stunning column of minerals. These amethyst stalagtite crystal slices are buds from columns of amethyst stalactite that took millions of years to develop deep within a cave of mother earth. They are polished on both sides and make a beautiful centerpiece, jewelry or meditation crystal.

Turquoise has been prized as a rare and valuable stone for thousands of years due to its unique hue. Turquoise was known in antiquity as “the truth stone”, symbolizing a time to be honest with yourself.

Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Try designing with these new stones while you still can.

Watch our new Prong Settings video to learn how to set these beautiful freeform gemstones.