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Nov
23

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.

Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for supporting what we do here at Cool Tools!

-Mardel

Nov
4

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.

Keep an eye out for more Tool Demo videos in our Video Library!

Nov
4

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.

Check out all our videos in our Video Library today!

Oct
27

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.

Oct
21

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.

Oct
13

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.

Learn to fire and cool properly for long life of the firing vessel. Ceramic Firing Vessels are available in several sizes including smallmedium, and large.

Check out all our new Tool Demo videos in our Video Library!

Oct
13

When working with Metal Clay it is essential that you have the proper tools at hand. Creating with Metal Clay is fun and easy, but certain Metal Clay Tools are necessary to complete the job. Discover the joy of using Metal Clay and make sure you have all of the proper Metal Clay tools at hand for creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.

We know that in order to create the perfect piece of jewelry requires a good knowledge of techniques and very practical tools. Choose from Stone Setting, Texture, Shape & Design Tools and even Work Surfaces & Rollers for working with Metal Clay. All of our Metal Clay Tools are guaranteed to help you finish your project with as much simplicity as possible. We carry Anti-Stick Products, Keum Boo, Molds & Forms and even Work Surfaces & Rollers. Our Metal Clay Tool Kits are perfect for beginners who need to dive straight into the Jewelry making process. Find all the right Metal Clay Tools right here at Cool Tools.

Sep
24

The firing process is one of the most exciting parts of working with Metal Clay. It’s where your creations transform from clay into real metal! Depending on the type of Metal Clay, you can fire yours by Torch or Kiln. There are many different aspects that go into heating Metal Clay such as using the right temperature and right length of time. Cool Tools Learning Center offers great tips, advise and learning resource videos. Utilizing these resources is a wise choice.

At the Cool Tools Learning Center you will find really helpful videos, such as how to co-fire sterling silver with silver prep. Silver clay can be fused directly to sterling silver in the kiln. It’s easy to do, but requires that you first prepare the surface of the sterling silver to receive the silver clay. There is also an amazingly detailed video about working with operating the Paragon SC series Kilns. You can find these amazing Metal Clay Firing Videos at Cools Tools. Working with Metal Clay is fun and easy, working correctly with all of our tools is the key to making great jewelry.

Sep
21

Here at Cool Tools we provide you will everything you’ll need to start making unique and incomparable metal clay jewelry and treasures. One of the best ways you can get all you need for a specific project or technique is through our handy Metal Clay Kits.

Metal Clay Kits provide you will all the basic necessities for working with Metal Clay, molding metal clay, or firing metal clay. Choose from Bead Firing Kits, Flexible Clay Kits, our Metal Clay Basic Tool Kit, Silver & Gold Soldering Kit, or Torch Firing Kits. Each kit is specifically designed to help you in a general or specific asset of jewelry making with Metal Clay. For example, out Bead firing kit consists of all the supplies and directions you’ll need to better understand this method. Such Kits like our Bronze or Copper Clay kits provide you with the basic tools needed to get started working with Metal Clay. Our ITS Transfer Kit is great for those looking to learn a new technique. ITS is a transfer medium that allows you to transfer images onto metal and other surfaces such as glass, wood and unglazed tile. Start creating beautiful pieces of jewelry with your preferred Metal Clay Kit from Cool Tools.

Aug
23

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.