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PMC STERLING is finally here, and I love it! I’ve had a chance to play with the clay a bit and I’m so excited about it!
Here is a summary of what I’ve noticed so far in working with PMC STERLING – Sterling Silver Jewelry Clay:
Right out of the package, PMC STERLING feels like it’s been conditioned with something to make it anti-stick because it doesn’t seem to want to stick to my fingers the way other forms of silver clay do. It’s not as squishy as PMC3 and it seems to have some rebound when I impress it. When I roll it into a ball, the clay feels almost rubbery. I can roll out fine tendrils and form curves and coils without having to add water and without the clay cracking. (Awesome!) Wet parts have more body than the other formulas, and the clay seems to have more integrity and more strength in it’s moist state. It’s also really nice to handle. I can even move small parts around with tweezers that I’ve just formed.
There was one surprise with PMC STERLING. It sticks like mad to textures. I made a couple of videos showing my first experiences with PMC STERLING so you can see what happened and how I dealt with it. Here are links to the videos: PMC STERLING -Working With PMC Sterling Clay, and Storing PMC Sterling Clay. I’ll be adding more videos as I get them done to cover firing, finishing, soldering, stone setting and other things you can do with PMC STERLING.
Our first shipment of PMC STERLING is on the way to us and it’s available right now for pre-order in our store. Pre-orders will have shipping priority when our stock arrives, so order now and be the first to work with this amazing clay.
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What does bread and a leather sandbag have in common? They both need to be kneaded!
Use the sandbagto deaden sound and absorb shock, and to cushion items such as when engraving, carving, and texturing metal, and to raise work off the surface of the bench.
Do not use with metal stamping tools. Always work directly on a steel bench block which is set on a firm surface for stamping.
This Bench Block is a hard rubber dapping block with 6 working surfaces which offer ideal resilience when working with steel and hardwood punches, perfect for filing and other detail work.
Use below a bench block to absorb shock and deaden sound. Use as a platform for sanding, filing, finishing and even assembling metal clay works.
Makes a perfect platform for bezel setting because the rubber grips the piece and helps hold it in place.
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This Wire Chain Drawplate is designed to smooth, shape, condense, work harden and lengthen wire chain without damaging the finish.
Use with knitted, crocheted, woven and braided wire chain made from gold, silver, copper, permanently colored copper wire and flexible beading wire.
Dawplates are available is several sizes and styles including Wire Chain Drawplates, Square Steel Drawplates, Triangle Steel Drawplates, Half-Round Steel Drawplates, and Round Drawplates for the unique look you’re looking for.
Get more real estate out of smaller spaces with none of the drawbacks with the new Round Ceramic Firing Vessel.
At only 4″ tall, this round ceramic firing vessel is perfect for smaller firing boxes such as the Paragon Firefly and E9A, and the 6″ diameter offers plenty of firing real estate. Use with all types of metal clay that require a carbon firing.
The high temperature ceramic material assures the inside of the kiln stays clean while allowing plenty of air circulation for reliable firings.
The ceramic vessel offers mess-free carbon firing. The long-lasting, high temperature ceramic material is hotter inside than metal containers because the ceramic is porous. More oxygen gets in a ceramic container allowing for a lower firing temperature.
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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 to enhance your jewelry making skills. From Metal Clay Techniques, such as how to condition Bronze Clay to Metal Clay Ring Sizing, we offer the best advise 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 too. Our simple videos are clear and easy to understand so that you can master skills and concepts of each technique such as rehydrating BRONZclay and 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.