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Archive for the ‘Free Video Projects’ Category

Oct
5

Working with Polymer Clay

Polymer clay provides a great opportunity to add color and distinction to your jewelry designs. Polymer opens up a new world of possibilities and is versatile, lightweight and beautiful. In this tool demo, you will learn special techniques for using this beautiful and vivid medium.

Adding Polymer Clay to Your Metal Clay Designs

Polymer Clay and Metal Clay offer endless possibilities when combined together. In this project you will learn tips and tricks while creating a silver pendant, from PMC3, with an oval Polymer Clay center. Get started by working with metal clay and creating the back bezel.

How to Use a Digital Caliper

A digital caliper provides fast and accurate measurements in millimeters and inches. This model has a 4 inch (100mm) capacity. Measure both outside and inside dimensions. Learn to use this must-have, inexpensive tool and start creating with precision and accuracy.

 

Apr
27

Our awesome new Huggy Bat and Huggy Chicken templates make the most adorable jewelry with hinged wings, and they are so easy to use!

1. Cut out wings, body and other parts.

2. Paste heart and other parts in place and dry.

3. Make a tube for hinges and dry.

4. Cut tube into equal pieces to make knuckles and drill pilot holes.

5. Paste knuckles in place, dry, fire and add hinge pin.

Start making unforgettable jewelry with these one-of-a-kind templates today.

Learn to make hinges with our new Huggy Chicken video project! It’s so easy to make jewelry with moevable parts.

Mar
23

Free Video Project! Create this elegant Framed Pearl Pendant from any type of metal clay using dry construction and a double firing.

This project features our new Victorian Frame Jewelry Shape Template and Half Drilled Pearls. Hypo Tube Cement is used to attach the pearl to the wire post.

Add class and sophistication to your next jewelry project with our entire collection of Pearls, available in a variety of colors like South Sea Black, Classic White, Pink Blush, Apricot, Lavender, Chocolate, Grey and so much more!

Mar
23

A huge new variety of classic Pearls have just arrived at Cool Tools. Enticing & vibrant Pearls add class and sophistication to jewelry like no other stone can.

Our new Pearl selection offers an unbelievable variety of sizes, shapes & styles. Shop new South Sea Black, Pink Blush, Natural White, Peach, Lavender, Apricot, Chocolate & Grey Pearls.

Our gorgeous Mabe Pearls are grown on the inside shell of a mollusk. Mabe Pearls are created by attaching a plastic nucleus onto the inside of a mollusk’s shell. Once the nucleus is covered with a sufficient amount of nacre, the pearl is cut away from the inner shell and the bead is taken out. The open cavity is filled with resin and backed by a mother-of-pearl plate. Mabe Pearls are sometimes referred to as blister pearls. Our Half Drilled Freshwater Pearls come in matched pairs and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Use with Hypo Tube Cement to attach half drilled pearls to a wire post. Hole is drilled to accommodate a 20 gauge wire.

Check out our new Framed Pearl Pendant Video Project here!

Jan
23

Yes you can make molds from corals, shells, bark, leaves and all sorts of other porous materials successfully using MegaMold.

MegaMold is a 100% pure silicone RTV mold material that picks up the finest detail possible. Almost anything can be molded using MegaMold. Capture the most detailed textures and elements with MegaMold and find out why it’s the most loved mold material. Watch and see how Mardel makes molds of very delicate corals.

Check out all our free Tool Demo videos in our Video Library.

Dec
2

Gilders Paste is a non-fading metallic gilding and coloring medium for metals and other surfaces. Create beautiful color effects on any type of metal and many other surfaces. Embellish silver, bronze, and copper clays. Add color to metal stampings, castings, and fabrications in steel, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum and other metals. Gilders Paste works beautifully with brass stampings, filigree, metal castings, ceramics, wood, etched glass, polymer clay, resin and more.

Check out our new videos with some great Gilders Paste techniques!

Faux & Fantasy Finishes

Mardel shows you a way to layer Gilders Paste to achieve the look of oxidized silver on brass, and you’ll also learn to create an ice-blue fantasy finish using the same colors.

Patterned Brass Earrings Project

Make these beautiful & intricate brass earrings. Use Gilders Paste to highlight filigree and finely detailed designs.

Gilders Paste and Cool Slip

Use safe, non-flammable Cool Slip when working with Gilders Paste instead of hazardous products such as paint thinners and turpenoids. Use Cool Slip to thin, rehydrate and clean up Gilders Paste from hands, tools and tabletops.

Keep an eye out for more Gilders Paste Videos with great new techniques!

Check out our always-growing Video Library including our Product & Tool Demos section for even more great videos on all the tools and supplies you love.

Oct
24

Make this simple bracelet and you’ll be a riveting fool!

You’ll texture, form, patina and finish pre-cut copper shapes and then rivet them into a fabulous bracelet with an oh-so easy forged clasp.

Shop our Copper shapes, Power Punch Pliers, Silver Wire and more and start making amazing jewelry fast and easy.

Check out all our videos in our always expanding Video Library!

Oct
24

Dimple pliers will bring a smile to your face when you see what fun you can have with them!

Mardel shows you how to take inexpensive pre-cut copper shapes and turn them into earrings with an arts and crafts flair.

Shop our Dimple pliers, Copper Shapes, Smoothies Sanding Sticks, and Earwires and start you Dimple Earrings!

Visit our Video Library for more videos!

Oct
17

Gallery settings are so easy to use!

Anyone with no previous experience can set stones perfectly the first time using only a bezel roller.

Check out all our new findings in brass, silver, bronze and copper.

Be sure to visit our Video Library for new tips and tricks, tool demos, projects and more!

Jan
15

Ask an experienced metal clay artist if diamonds can be co-fired in silver clay and most will advise against it. This is because it was something few dared and even fewer succeeded in doing. It was not a good bet.

Actual 1/3 carat genuine diamond before firing

Actual 1/3 carat genuine diamond before firing

In my 2005 article, Gemstones in Metal Clay, I warned that firing diamonds was a risky proposition. Diamonds have been known to disappear in the kiln, and torch firing often results in a cloudy stone. But now, with the help of activated carbon, diamonds and many other heat-sensitive stones can be safely co-fired in all types of metal clay.

Diamond Burst Necklace after firing and finishing. No cracks, no damage, fired perfectly in activated carbon. I risked a $900 diamond doing it, but it was worth it!

In my updated Gemstones in Metal Clay article (click the title to download), you’ll learn about carbon firing and which stones can be carbon-fired sucessfully in metal clays. Heat-sensitive gemstones (those that darken or change colors when fired in metal clay) can often take hours of firing with no damage when protected in a bed of activated carbon, and they can withstand higher temperatures. Take the case of the Tanzanite CZ. When fired on a kiln shelf or embedded in fine silver clay, this stone can take no more than 10 minutes at 1110F before the color begins to change. But when the same stone was buried in activated carbon, it survived an amazing 16 hours at 1500F with no change in color or clarity!

I’ve created a video showing the making of my Diamond Burst Necklace. After firing several small diamonds in carbon, I needed to fire a larger one. I created the necklace in PMC PRO to document the test firing. The Antique Mold I used is called Mushroom Cap. I wet-set a 1/3 carat natural diamond and fired it in a firing box made with our exclusive No-Flake Firing Foil, and coconut carbon. The firing was a success and the diamond came out just as sparkling and clear as it went in! (I couldn’t have been happier! that diamond was appraised at $900!) After firing, I burnished the necklace and added an antique patina with Cool Tools Patina Gel. To remove the unwanted patina and add a satin finish, I used a coarse Mini-Fiber Wheel. I polished the front with a 400 grit 3M Polishing Paper.

There are more details in the FREE downloadable project instructions and you can see the Diamond Burst Necklace video here. These and other videos can be found in our Learning Center.

I hope you will give diamonds a try with this wonderful method. Diamonds are more affordable than you may guess (unless of course you use a really big one!) and add scintillation and cachet like no other stone! Add beautiful distinction to your jewelry with diamonds.

-Mardel