Five Star Metal Clay Review by Deb DeWolff

Written by Deb DeWolff

Five Star Metal Clay : Copper, Red Bronze, Bronze, Light Bronze, White Bronze

I fired test pieces of all five clay using their “standard firing method.” Since all five samples were fired at the same time, together in the same firing container, I fired at the lowest setting (used for the white bronze) as per the instructions. All 5 pieces sintered properly (pictured below). I don’t see much difference in color between the light bronze and the white bronze. However, I can see situations where one might want to use one over the other. I also used the same firing method for the pendant I created using all five clays (pictured below). For one of the smaller elements however, I first tried firing it in Magic Carbon with no luck, but all the clays sintered perfectly in coconut carbon. I’m still experimenting with different methods of patina to bring out the different colors of the clay. Five Star Clay takes on texture very nicely, and is easy to carve if you don’t let the clay get beyond leather hard. All in all, all five colors are great clays to work with. It’s fun to have so many colors!

You can find the texture used for the samples here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The components of this pendant are the following:

Background piece: Copper (Textured with Cool Tools Rollable Texture Tile – Curly Vines)

Inner piece (in order from outside in): Light Bronze with Red Bronze backfilled into carved places, Bronze, White Bronze

Spiral: Copper

May 30, 2017

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New Video!

Written by Diane Rein

Create Large Bead Caps by Valerie Bealle
Create Large Bead Caps by Valerie Bealle

Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor from Long Island, New York visited the Cool Tools studio to demonstrate how to create cylinder bead caps and end caps using PMC Flex. Watch the video below as Valerie uses the natural shrinkage rate of metal clay to her advantage as she properly sizes bead caps to fit a string of beads perfectly.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

April 15, 2016

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25% Off Select Cool Tools Texture Tiles

Written by Diane Rein

25% Off Select Cool Tools Texture Tiles
25% Off Select Cool Tools Texture Tiles!
Today through March 21st select Cool Tools Texture Tiles are 25% off. Get Perfect Impressions on Metal Clay & Polymer Clay!No Promo Code Required. SHOP NOW!

March 18, 2016

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40% Off Select Jewelry Shape Templates!

Written by Diane Rein

select Jewelry Shape Templates are 40% off
Today through March 14th select Jewelry Shape Templates are 40% off. Our special surface makes it easy to find these templates on your workbench, but allows clarity for positioning. No Promo Code Required. SHOP HERE

March 11, 2016

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New Antique Molds – Great for Polymer and Metal Clay Artists!

Written by Diane Rein

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.

July 28, 2015

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New Video – Make a BRONZclay Pendant

Written by Diane Rein

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).
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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.

 

July 23, 2015

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