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Archive for the ‘Free Video Projects’ Category

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

Jan
7

The Emerald Tea Ring designed and created by Mardel Rein

Create this elegant Emerald Tea Ring with only 3 grams of clay and a few simple ring making techniques.

Explore our Learning Center and learn how to make amazing jewelry starting right here. The Emerald Tea Ring is an elegant & delicate ring designed by Mardel Rein. The ring features a unique prong-set stone that uses simple tools and very few supplies.

Mardel says, “I love delicate rings, and PMC PRO is the perfect material to use for creating a ring with the strength of sterling silver. I made the Emerald Tea Ring shank using my Ring Size and Hollow Rings Templates. I added texture to both sides of the shank and to the top of the prongs using my Carnations Texture Tile. I used a stone setting bur, a triangle shape cut-4 needle file and a V-Grove Dockyard Carver to cut a seat for the 6mm square stone. I refined the outside of the ring shank with a Sponge Sanding Pad and smoothed the inside of the ring with a Half Round Ring File. The Emerald Tea Ring was fired in a No-Flake Firing Foil Box in a bed of Activated Carbon. I finished the ring using a Brass Brush, 250 grit 3M Bristle Disc, the Half Round Ring File, Silicone Polishers and a Polishing Cloth. The emerald stone used is a 6x6mm square lab grown emerald. I set the stone using a riveting hammer.

The most exciting part of the Emerald Tea Ring is that I used only 3 grams of PMC PRO clay! I could never have made a ring this delicate and strong with fine silver clay. This is one of the great advantages of PMC PRO, it gives me the strength I need to make delicate, fine jewelry that will stand up to wear.

Download the complete detailed Emerald Tea Ring Project Instructions and, as always, watch the Project Video FREE in our Learning Center and find all the tools and supplies you need right here. At Cool Tools you’ll find Tools, Projects, and How-To Guides created just for metal clay artists. Express your inner elegance with help from Cool Tools.

Aug
12

We have been working very hard to add more metal clay project videos to the site for you! We are excited about our newest project video – the dill weed pendant project, which is now available in our metal clay learning center. Check out all of our metal clay project videos to find your new inspiration!

Jul
12

Gingko Pendant Project

I’ve got a new video project up our YouTube Channel that shows how to use my Jewelry Shape Templates to create a layered effect in any kind of clay.  I demonstrate the technique with a really simple pendant using bronze clay and my Tapered Squares and Gingko Leaves templates.  The technique is so quick and fun, I know you’ll love it!

In the video project, I also demonstrate how to use one of the most useful products I’ve created, the Integrated Findings & Bails template.  I introduced this template at the 2010 Bead&Button Show.  This template idea came to me because I wanted a way to make findings, connectors and bails that were an integrated part of the basic slab of clay so nothing had to be pasted on or embedded.  My design is sort of wacky looking, but it works like a charm!  I get a much stronger finding and a finished piece that

Gingko Pendant Project

looks so much more professional with this template.  Not only that, but with the layering technique, you can make

the findings set back from the main shape for a truly elegant effect.

Check out the video and enjoy!

-Mardel