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.
This is the texture I used for this piece.
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.
Here are a few other photos that I took when I created this project.
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.
Pendant directly after firing. It is sitting on the texture tile (Body Wave).
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.
Here are some examples of the product in multiple forms. The first is a fired, finished piece with Patina Gel. The second is a fired piece that was brass brushed. The third piece is an unfired piece of dry Metal Magic Silver Clay.
Introducing a new silver clay product on the market called Metal Magic Silver Clay. This product is 75% fine silver and 25% binder by weight, which means that it shrinks 25% during firing in comparison to other brands of .999 silver clay that shrink 10 – 15%. It is available in 3 three sizes (25, 50 and 100 Gram packs) and comes in lump form only.
Metal Magic Silver Clay is a high quality that was easy to work and manipulate. Because it shrinks 25% we do not recommend this product for rings. On a positive side, because of the shrink factor, this form is excellent for highlighting details and texture
We tested Metal Magic Silver Clay, check out our video to see the results! Click the link below to order this product and watch the video.
Introducing our new PMC 960 Combo Packs featuring equal parts of PMC3 and PMC Sterling for making PMC 960 clay.
PMC 960 clay is a new technique of enriching the sterling silver clay with PMC3. Mixing these two clays results in a stronger metal clay that can be fired on an open kiln shelf without carbon. 960 provides all the benefits of PMC3 and PMC Sterling, and creating it is quick and easy.
Shop our discounted PMC 960 Combo Packs today and see how this new clay is the perfect solution to strength and simple firing.
Watch our new PMC 960 video to learn to make this new clay that offers the best of both worlds.
The Sanding Detailer tools are exciting new sanding sticks that were specifically developed for those hard to reach sanding jobs. Unlike other sanding products, the Sanding Detailers give you 3 different working surfaces including the tapered end for intricate areas, the round end for curved and convex areas, and the flat surface for a perfectly flush finish. The detailers feature replaceable sanding belts that can be rotated around the piece. No other sanding tools are more useful, versatile, or more efficient.
Each detailer is a different color so you will always know which grit you are working with. Each sanding stick has a replaceable belt that is quick and easy to swap out. Try our innovative Sanding Detailers today and you will experience how having these versatile little tools can revolutionize your refining and finishing skills.
Watch our new Sanding Detailer video for tips and tricks to getting the perfect finish.
Mega Tiles are a new Cool Tools exclusive and are designed to be perfect for projects both large and small.
Mega Tiles are basically our popular Texture Tiles, just quite a bit bigger. Mega Tiles measure 9 ¼” x 6“ and are about 7 times larger than Texture Tiles. Just like our TTLs, they are flexible, washable and can be used with any soft clay. It has never been easier to roll out your clay textures. No matter what you are working on, Mega Tiles are sure to be perfect for your next project.
Mega Tiles work just like our Texture Tiles. Spritz them with Cool Slip, and begin designing. Our Rolling Frames pair excellent with Mega Tiles. The entire frame sits comfortably on the Mega Tile so there is no rocking or searching for additional textures to hold and level your frames. Since there is plenty of real estate on these tiles, it allows you pick your favorite part of the texture and comfortably design your piece. Mega Tiles are ideal for all metal clay projects, ceramic and porcelain clay projects, and designing with any type of polymer clay. Never be limited again by the size of your texture.
Cool Tools carries a wide array of Mega Tile designs, including some of our most popular textures, as well as new exciting and exclusive designs. Try our new Cool Tools Mega Tiles today and see how these roomy new textures are perfect for projects both large and small.
Check out our new Mega Tile video to see how versatile the new textures can be!
Jump Rings Made Easy
When making jewelry, it’s always a good idea to have jump rings at the ready. Having a tool to easily manufacture your own can not only save you time, but save you money. In this tool demo, learn to make any size jump rings with the easy-to-use jump ring kit.
Using a Micro Engraver
Custom designs engraved into metal produces some of the most unique and personalized pieces. Having a tool to quickly design, mark, or sign your pieces, can be quite helpful. In this tool demo, learn to use the new micro engraver to add your own personal touch to your next project.
Leaf Textures in Metal Clay
If you’re looking for a beautiful natural texture, nothing can beat designing with a leaf. Organic objects often make the most unique and stunning patterns. In this technique video, learn to use a leaf to make beautiful, textured jewelry.
Introducing our new freeform natural gemstone collection featuring vibrant Amethyst Stalagtites and brilliant Stabilized Turquoise.
These unique freeform gemstones make perfect centerpieces for designing one of a kind jewelry. Get your hands on a stone no one else has.
Stalagtites are formed at the roof of a cave and begin with one drop of mineral-rich water. When the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite. Each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another ring. Over time, these rings build to create a stunning column of minerals. These amethyst stalagtite crystal slices are buds from columns of amethyst stalactite that took millions of years to develop deep within a cave of mother earth. They are polished on both sides and make a beautiful centerpiece, jewelry or meditation crystal.
Turquoise has been prized as a rare and valuable stone for thousands of years due to its unique hue. Turquoise was known in antiquity as “the truth stone”, symbolizing a time to be honest with yourself.
Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Try designing with these new stones while you still can.
Watch our new Prong Settings video to learn how to set these beautiful freeform gemstones.
North Star Pendant
Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece.
In this project video, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.
Syringe can be used for many things when designing with metal clay. The syringe is the perfect tool for creating ornate and delicate jewelry.
In this project video, learn to make a 3-layer PMC Syringe pendant with a few simple tips and techniques.
Brass and Copper Ornaments
Some of the best holiday gifts you can give are handmade and come from the heart. Saving money where you can is often crucial this time of there year.
In this project video, learn to use a disc cutter, to make beautiful and inexpensive holiday ornaments.
Watch all of our jewelry making videos in our Video Library today for some inspiration and cool tips and techniques!
Introducing our new collection of Wubbers Pliers featuring 28 different pliers specifically designed for making jewelry.
Available in several shapes and sizes, Wubbers are stainless steel and hand finished to open up a world of possibilities for creating.
There are a few groups of Wubbers. Cool Tools carries the Baby line of pliers, which are smaller, perfect for travel, or even easier to handle for people with small hands. The baby series feature a chain nose, flat nose, round nose, and bent nose pliers. The Baby pliers making it really easy to handle any-size jump rings and projects.
The classic series are a little larger. The handles fit comfortably in your hand, and come with a few different sizes of flat nose pliers, a set of round nose, and bent nose pliers. The different sizes really allow you to pick and choose which pliers you need. No matter what project you’re working on, you’ll be sure to find the size pliers you need to get the job done.
The designer series features round, oval, triangle and square mandrel pliers. These jaws are not tapered, so the design capabilities are endless. The handles are longer, which offers just the right amount of leverage, while staying comfortable in your hand. Unlike traditional mandrels, these pliers allow you grip your wire while wrapping.
Shop through our huge selection of Wubbers Pliers today to discover the wonderful world of Wubbers. Watch our new Wubbers video to learn to use the Baby, Classic and Designer series pliers.