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Jul
28

New Antique Molds are here!

At Cool Tools, we are continuing to add new designs to our inventory.  Our new selection includes;  Winged Dragon, Egyptian Prediction or Saturn’s Galaxy to name a few. Use them for centerpieces, accents, components and texture.  These molds work great with BRONZclay, COPPRclay, PMC, ArtClay, Metal Magic Silver Clay, Sculpey Regular, Sculpey PRIMO! and Sculpey Souffle Polymer Clays and Kato Polyclays!

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“Top: “Moon at Rest”, Bottom left: “Moon Scape”, Right: “Pharaoh”

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Top: “Saturn’s Galaxy”, Right: “Stars & Moon”, Bottom: “Starry Night”, Middle Left: “Sun Beaming”

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Top: “Flying Dragon”, Bottom Left: “Dragon Warrior”,

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Top and Left: “Aztec Lock” & “Aztec Lock Small”, Right: “Roman Symbol”

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Left: “Roped Anchor”, Top: “Supernova”, Bottom: “Stay Anchored”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop over 500 beautiful Antique Molds today to be the first to get these new designs.

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.

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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
15

 

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Introducing Exquisite Montana Agate Gemstones created by award winning Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral Lapidary. Joe’s attention to detail is well known in the lapidary world.

He cuts, grinds and polishes each stone individually.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique and we photograph each one individually.

Shop our great selection of these one of a kind treasures at: http://www.cooltools.us/New-Gemstones-s/1651.htm

Jul
13
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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.

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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

Oct
2

Introducing the most exquisite collection of stones we have ever offered! This collection of beautiful cabochons includes Botswana Agate, Petrified Palm wood and Fossil Coral.

These stunning gemstones are highly polished on both sides. Choose the perfect one for your distinctive creation.

This is an exclusive small batch of unique gems. Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. This is a limited assortment, order now!

Hand Cut and Polished in the USA

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.

Jul
28

Clay PunchesClay Punches

Drilling accurate holes in your clay creations is very important. Having a tool to create clean holes without extensive drilling and filing can save you a lot of time. In this tool demo, learn to use our clay punch tools for adding perfectly sized holes to your jewelry projects.

Our clay punch tool sets are specifically designed for adding accurate holes in your clay creations. These handy little sets allow you to pick the size you need, so your hole fits perfectly with your design. The punches come in sets of 3, and are available in multiple sizes of round, rectangle, and square shapes. Each set stacks up within itself, and stores easily on your jewelry bench.

Knew Concepts SawsKnew Concepts Saws

A jeweler’s saw is a cornerstone on any jewelry bench. Having a top of the line saw with all the features you need can be well worth the money and add a new dimension to your work. In this tool demo, discover our Knew Concepts saws, and see why these tools are a cut above the rest.

Knew Concepts saws are designed to be exceptionally light and rigid. This saw frame provides precise control, reduced blade breakage, and virtually no flex. Best of all, the hardened aluminum frame is extremely light and easy to handle. Cool Tools carries this product in 3” and 5” frets, and each one has its own unique features.

Using a Bench ShearUsing a Bench Shear

Cutting thick metals can take a good amount of effort. Having a tool to quickly and easily cut and trim your creations can save you a lot of time and work. In this tool demo, learn to use our economy bench shear, and see how this powerful tool can help you cut through your metals effortlessly.

Our economy bench shear is a great tool for quickly and accurately cutting through thicker metals. The 6” cutting blades are made from high temper carbon steel and can cut non-ferrous metals up to 10 gauge. This style of long handle bench shear works great for quickly cutting smaller pieces of thick material, and it’s very affordable.

May
7

Presenting our inspiring new selection of Bumblebee Jasper, Montana Agate, Ocean Jasper, and Rainbow Moonstone full of all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Natural Gemstones

Bumblebee Jasper has been known only since the late 1990s. It is named for its alternating yellow, orange, and black layers that resemble the coloration of certain bees. Bumblebee Jasper has been found only on the Indonesian island Java. Bumblebee Jasper is not true jasper because it does not consist primarily of microcrystalline quartz. It is technically a sedimentary rock that contains varying amounts of sulfur and manganese oxides. It forms in volcanic fumarole environments and is a porous, layered, multicolored rock that is cemented together by carbonate minerals. Its yellow layers are due to sulfur, orange to arsenic sulfide minerals, and the black to manganese oxides. Bumblebee Jasper has a Mohs hardness of about 4.0. The Montana agate is usually a creamy light yellow to almost clear color with embedded moss structures in varying shades of brownish red to black. Most of these Montana agates are found in gravel deposits from the Pleistocene age in the area of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries. Montana Agate is believed by some to help you balance emotions and is a powerful emotional healer. Rainbow Moonstone varies in color depending on the angle of the light. As you move and rotate your stone, brilliant blues, peaches, and reds will shimmer through this translucent stone. The beautiful colors often will give the illusion that the stone is glowing. Each stone catches your eye and stands out as the centerpiece of your design. Folklore says Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Ocean Jasper, also called Orbicular Jasper, is unusual jasper found only at a remote location on the coast of Madagascar that can only be mined at low tide! The colors vary widely, including white, green, pink, red, black, blue. The wild polka dots, wavy lines, and multi-colored floret patterns of Ocean Jasper make this a gorgeous and exciting stone.

These beautiful gemstones offer a unique and sophisticated look; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes. These gemstones will not last. Get these new stones now and discover their natural beauty.

Aug
20

We sent some Patterned Wire we had sitting around the studio to our friend Terri McCarthy at Terri McCarthy Studios in Grafton, WI. Jan Harrell, an excellent enameling artist and metalsmith, was teaching an enameling class. Jan’s work is an exploration of textures and shapes, enamel and metal finishes, shiny and dull surfaces, as well as solid and see-through forms. Her and her students were able to incorporate some of the wire into their enameling projects!

The first two pieces were designed by Scott Boyd, a student in Jan’s class. Scott was able to use our 20 gauge “Maze” Copper Patterned Wire in the first piece. This piece works great with the wire, and has just the right amount of detail. His second piece features the “Leaves” Copper Wire. This piece is simple and refined and shows how versatile the Copper Wire can be.

The bottom two pieces were created by Jan. The piece on the left uses a Copper Bezel Wire in a unique way! She even was able to add a little color in the circles of the wire for a little something extra. The last piece uses our “Round Stud” Copper Wire. Not only was she able to incorporate the wire in her piece, but she even added texture using the wire to tie it all together.

These are four great examples of thinking “outside the box” with this unique wire. Enamels and Patterned Wire work perfectly together, and open up a world of exciting design possibilities.

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Jun
6

Have you tried Magic Carbon? If you want a more simple firing process, this carbon is for you!

Magic CarbonNot all carbons are the same. Some carbons will not work at all for firing metal clay. Others will give you a handful of good firings before they are spent. Some will work for one kind or brand of clay and not for another. Magic Carbon is pre-tested for all brands of bronze, copper and silver clays and fires any thickness in a 2 hour schedule in most kilns (some kilns will require additional hold time). Magic Carbon also has the advantage of firing at a lower temperature. The faster firing and the lower temperature puts less demand on the heating elements, giving your elements a longer life than other carbons.

Magic Carbon produces an antique patina on bronze and copper clays, which eliminates the need for additional patination. If color is desired, you can remove the kiln patina with a steel brush or 3M Bristle Discs and apply a heat patina by heating the piece gently with a torch.

Magic Carbon will fire all silver clay. This will allow you to fire heat-sensitive stones with no damage or color change. Any stone that is listed on our Gemstones in Metal Clay firing chart as fireable can be safely fired in Magic Carbon. If a gem is listed as “no fire”, such as Turquoise or Opal, it cannot be fired in any carbon or kiln. The nature of these types of stones do not allow them to be heated. Only stones that are listed as Low Fire or High Fire will survive kiln heating. Magic Carbon protects the gem from oxygen, preserving it’s color. No pre-burnout is needed to fire silver clay. This is a unique feature of Magic Carbon and it does not apply to any other carbon.

Make your firing process simple with help from Magic Carbon, available in both 1lb and 5 lb sizes.