Throwback Thursday! Check out the “PMC 960” DIY video.

Written by Diane Rein

Check out the "PMC 960" DIY video.
Nothing beats the strength and shine of sterling silver, but sometimes, the firing schedules for PMC Sterling can be somewhat difficult. Combining PMC3 and PMC Sterling results in a new clay type that offers the best of both worlds. In this tool demo, learn how making PMC 960 is the perfect solution for strength and simple firing.
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May 19, 2016

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Simple Riveting System – How to Video

Written by Diane Rein

Simple Riveting System

Riveting and creating cold connections is a unique technique that adds a beautiful and raw look to your jewelry projects. However, drilling holes, and flaring rivets can be challenging and time consuming. In this tool demo, learn to use our simple riveting system, creating cold connections and riveting in a matter of seconds. Shop at Cool Tools for this product

 

May 16, 2016

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20% off – Cool Slip * Patina Gel * SLIK!

Written by Diane Rein

20% off - Cool Slip  *  Patina Gel *  SLIKToday through April 11th, Save 20% off Cool Tools Patina Gel, Cool Slip and SLIK.

Cool Tools Patina Gel is liver of sulfur in a stabilized gel form. Not only is it the most convenient, easiest way to use liver of sulfur, but amazingly it does not degrade in light and air the way dry and liquid liver of sulfur does.

Spray Cool Slip on textures and tools before use for crisp, stick-free impressions. Use as a spray or brush on. Non-toxic and non-reactive. Perfect for Metal Clay.

Cool Tools Slik is the balm made just for metal clay. It’s smooth and silky, not sticky like olive-oil based balms. Made from all natural ingredients like pure soy, almond and aloe, Slik works like magic on hands, textures, tools, work surfaces, polymer molds and rubber stamps.

No Promo Code Needed. Order today – Offer ends Monday, April 11th at midnight CDT.
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April 8, 2016

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New Video!

Written by Diane Rein

Gold Plating Technique by Valerie Bealle
Gold Plating Technique by Valerie Bealle
Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor from Long Island, New York visited the Cool Tools studio to demonstrate how to add 24K gold plating to fine silver. In this video Valerie accents a pendant that was created using PMC Flex and one of our popular antique molds. WATCH HERE

Valerie BealleValerie Bealle Flower Power Necklace
Artist Statement:
I have spent most of my life in a love affair with craft. My journey started when, as a child, I learned to crochet. After many doilies and two children, I graduated to creating wearable art in free form crochet. Along the way I learned to spin yarn, weave cloth, and to dye anything in sight. I started a business, “North Shore Weavers” that supplied the interior design industry with hand woven custom sofa throws, wall hangings and pillows. A serious shoulder injury ended my weaving days but my hands would not be denied. I had always liked to include beads in my crochet and weaving, so there was a natural progression to jewelry design.

It was at this point that I discovered a relatively new product called “metal clay”. It seemed like magic. I could take a lump of this clay-like substance, form it, dry it and fire it in a kiln and come away with a piece of jewelry made of pure silver. As soon as possible, I got my certification as a metal clay instructor from PMC Connection and have been teaching ever since. I love the freedom that this material offers. I can create jewelry in fine (pure) silver, sterling (92.5%) silver, copper, bronze and various other metals.

I am especially influenced by the beautiful stones that nature provides, textile designs from the bronze age, the world of high fashion and, of course, nature.

March 29, 2016

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Free Shipping this Weekend!

Written by Diane Rein

Free Shipping this Weekend
Now til Monday… Take advantage of FREE shipping. Stock up on the tools and supplies you need to keep creating! No minimum purchase amount required. All 50 U.S. states are eligible for free shipping. Enter the code: “MARCH” in the coupon code box during checkout. **Don’t forget to choose Free Shipping for the Shipping Method after entering the code. Not valid on International orders.

ORDER TODAY – free shipping ends Monday, March 28th at midnight.

March 25, 2016

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New Video! Stretching Bezel Wire to fit Cabochons by Terri McCarthy

Written by Diane Rein

Stretching Bezel Wire to fit Cabochons by Terri McCarthy
Stretching Bezel Wire to fit Cabochons by Terri McCarthy

Creating a bezel from patterned wire can be challenging… and making it fit your cabochon without disrupting the pattern is a second challenge. Terri shows us how to do both in this video. WATCH NOW!

March 2, 2016

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Coming Soon: Metalworking by Terri McCarthy

Written by Diane Rein

Local Metalsmith, Artist and Instructor, Terri McCarthy
Cold Connecting Textured Metal by Terri McCarthy – Get Inspired!

Local Metalsmith, Artist and Instructor, Terri McCarthy visited Cool Tools and filmed jewelry making techniques for an upcoming series of Cool Tools tutorials. The series of new videos will cover several types of soldering, working with textured metal and cold connections. On Thursday, February 4, we’ll release the first of these new instructional videos on cooltools.us and our YouTube channel. Visit Terri’s website here: http://www.terrimccarthystudios.net/

February 2, 2016

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