Category Archives: Free Project Guides

Artist Project Series: Nesting Ring by Tracey Spurgin

Cool Tools is proud to continue our support for the Artist Project Series with Creative Fire.  UK Jewelry Artist, Tracey Spurgin has created this detailed, stunning Nesting Ring using EZ960® Sterling Silver Metal Clay. 

Because EZ960 is a sterling silver alloy, one of its best attributes is its post firing strength. This inherent strength makes EZ960 the perfect choice for jewelry that takes lots of abuse, such as rings and bracelets.

The design of this ring allows you to wear each of the two rings individually as a stand alone, or simply nest them together to make one statement cocktail ring. A two for one ring, how awesome is that!?

Follow along and learn Tracey’s process step by step for making this piece, including how to fit the two rings together, here.

Skulls Earrings by Annie Kilborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Friday the 13th! The perfect day to learn from Annie Kilborn on how to create these unique Skulls Earrings! These earrings are Annie’s FIRST metal clay project she has done.

 

Materials:

FS999™ Fine Silver Clay 

Cubic Zirconia – Jet Black – Cabochon Round – Checkerboard – 6mm (2 Packs)

Fine Silver Bezel Cup – Plain Round 6mm 

Cool Tools Patina Gel – Live of Sulfur in Gel Form 

 

Tools:

Antique Mold – Toxic

Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder 

Bezel Roller 

Curved Burnisher – Slim

Tuff Cards Teflon Project Cards

Cool Tools Clayboard Non-stick Work Surface 9″ x 9″

Cool Slip Anti-Stick Solution

Cool Tools Clay Thickness Rolling Frames

Ultimate Non-Stick Roller – 11″ Length

 

Making the Skulls:

Roll out a slab of FS999™ Fine Silver clay 4 cards thick. Lightly cover the Antique Mold “Toxic,” a skull and crossbones image with the Cool Slip. Gently press the slab into the Antique Mold. You will just use the skull area of the mold, so the excess clay can be cut away and used for the next skull pressing. Before removing the skull from the mold, let the clay set dry slightly so it will keep its shape and not distort when removing from the mold.  Once removed from the mold, take the extra clay off from around the skull area.  Allow it to dry. You will need to make six skulls. Once they are dry refine by sanding the edges and sanding flat spots on the back.

Making Earring Wires:

This pair of earrings was created for a stretched ear. Use the Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder with a round template to get a long coil for the earring wires.  Make a template on a piece of paper of the shape that you want the earring wire to take. Include the area in which the skulls and stones will be placed. The backside of these pieces will attach to the wire. Next, take the coil and form it to the shape created on the paper. Then repeat, so you have the same shape wire for both earrings. Let them dry. Once they are dry, taper one of the ends of both wires. This will be the end that feeds through the ear.  Sand down a flat spot on the wire where the skulls and stones will attach.

Making the Settings for the Stones:

Get four 6mm Fine Silver Bezels Cups and four 6mm Jet Black Cubic Zirconia Round Cabochons with the Checkerboard pattern. Sand down the tops of the bezel cups to fit the stones. Once you have a good fit, set the stones in the cups using a bezel roller to rock over the walls of the cup to hold the stone. Then use a curved burnisher to smooth out the sides of the bezel once the stone is set. Rough up the back of the bezel cups so that you will get a good bond to the clay when firing.

Assembling the Elements:

Create a clay slip by adding water to a small amount of the FS999 fine silver clay.  Lightly, brush on some water to the dried skulls and wire where you want them to join.  Add slip to both parts where they will connect. Then connect with gentle pressure. Add the stones by adding slip to the back of the bezels and join to the slipped area of the wire. Repeat until all the skulls and gems are attached to the wire.  Allow to dry. Once it is dry, do all final sanding and refining. Once refined fire following the firing directions for FS999 fine silver clay.

Surface Finishing Techniques:

Once the earrings are fired and have cooled, clean with a brass brush, soap and water. Once they are clean, tumble them.  After tumbling, patina with Cool Tools Patina Gel to a dark black patina.  Then buff back the patina to reveal the wonderful detail in the earrings.

 

 

 

Artist Project Series: Gordon K. Uyehara

gordonring_1We are delighted to support and introduce “The Artist Project Series” by Creative Fire. This series will feature 12 artists over the next year or so. Each artist will let us observe into their studio while they create a piece of art using EZ960™ Sterling Silver Clay.

The first featured artist is Gordon Uyehara from Honolulu, Hawaii. Gordon has created a beautiful and intricate Pangolin ring, while showing his process step by step.

To view this process and an interview with Gordon Uyehara by UK artist Julia Rai, click here.

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Taking Antique Molds to the Next Level

New Video!

Taking Antique Molds to the Next Level
Taking Antique Molds to the Next Level
by Valerie Bealle

Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor transforms a detailed pendant made from silver metal clay using one of our Antique Molds. She enhances it with gold plating, adds cubic zirconias and patina. To complete the look, Valerie frames it with a decorative twisted rope edge made from PMC Flex.

Visit Valerie’s website: valeriebealledesigns.com

How To Highlight - Miniature book

How To Highlight – Miniature book

How To Highlight - Miniature book

How To Highlight – Miniature book

Miniature books and lockets can make the most beautiful and intricate jewelry. Adding your own personal touch to the pages in your book can really personalize your designs. In this project, learn to make a spiral book pendant, and see how this advanced technique can set your jewelry designs apart from all the rest.

Check it out here: http://ow.ly/XvcIQ

New Free Project: Trashy Glass Earrings

Turn Trash to Glass Charm!

The Trashy Glass Earrings are designed by Dale Wayne and can feature any type of beads or crystals. Dale uses innovative ways to recycle plastics, glass, metals and more.

The Trashy Glass Earrings use recycled plastic from a water bottle, silver ear wires, and a few simple jewelry techniques. These earrings are so fun and easy to make you can add your own unique twist, such as metal clay spacers, beads and charms! Make these easy and affordable earrings today. Download Now!

New Crystal Beads Available!

Cool Tools offers new Crystal Beads to add beautiful colors and shapes to your jewelry projects. Our Crystal Beads come in square, round and bicone shapes from 3mm to 6mm. Crystals offer brilliant sparkle, uniform colors, innovative shapes and precision cut facets with polished holes making them easy to add to any jewelry medium.

Our selection of Crystal Beads feature colors like Amethyst, Blue Zircon, Emerald, Hyacinth, Light Rose, Olivine, Sapphire, Siam, Crystal and more. Use these crystals to make the Trashy Glass Earrings or come up with your own unique way to express your passions! Shop Now!

New Project – The Royal Treatment Pendant

 

Introducing our new downloadable project guide available in our Learning Center for free – The Royal Treatment Pendant.

The Royal Treatment Pendant features a bezel set faceted stone with sterling gallery wire and fine silver clay. It is easily modified for any type of metal clay and adds a touch of sophistication and royalty to your designs.

The Royal Treatment Pendant was designed by our official Project Designer – Lisa Barth. Lisa’s work is featured in our Jewelry Design Gallery and has now joined the Cool Tools team to help inspire others to create beautiful jewelry. Lisa Barth is a wire jewelry artist and metal clay instructor from Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches wire artistry and metal clay and draws her inspiration for her designs from the stone she is using.

Lisa uses a bezel set faceted stone with Sterling Gallery Wire. The texture on the Royal Treatment Pendant was made using our Jewelry Artist Elements Texture and cut out using a Jewelry Shape Template. This particular piece was made from Art Clay, but the project can be easily modified for any type of metal clay.

Find this project and many more available right here at Cool Tools. Keep an eye out for more free projects and many more to come from our new Project Designer, Lisa Barth.

Start getting the professional results you desire, and as always:

Learn. Create. Inspire.