As a newbie to metal clay I had great fun using a carving tool in a recent workshop I took, using it to carve designs into a block to texture clay with. One of the first things I did when I got home was order one of these tools and I have to say I've been delighted by how sharp it is and how comfortable it is to use. I can carve both shallow and deep lines and it's become one of my favourite tools to use with soft blocks to create my own textures and designs. Brilliant tool.
Add textures to your unfired metal clay. Create your own texture sheets using rubber and carving sheets!
This super-sharp carving tool has a 60° degree angle v-shaped tip perfect for giving you clean cuts and crisp lines. 60° angle ensures your lines aren't too narrow or "sharp".
Use on dry clay to carve designs and patterns or use on one of our rubber sheets to carve your own custom texture. The wooden handle makes the tool sit comfortable in your hand, even for smaller hands as it isn't too chunky.
Here are some examples of sheets that work great with this tool:
- Rubber sheet for carving textures
- SoftCut Carving Blocks - 150x100mm - Pack of 2
- MasterCut Carving Blocks - 150x100mm - Pack of 2
Wooden handle, 1.5mm blade width (length), and 60° angle V-shape (when you look at the carver from the tip down to the handle, it'll be the shape in the picture below).
I work quite a lot in base metal clays and and wanted to carve some details into dry clay. Not knowing if I'd be any good at it, I didn't want to spend the price of the known brands of good quality carving tools just to give it a try. The photos of this are a little deceptive, in that the point carves much finer than it looks like it will. The tool is labelled as 1.5mm and is a V shape cut. Maybe the size of the surround will impede vision in some designs compared to finer tools. I've been very happy with the results Ive had from it so far, it is much better than I was expecting at the price, I can achieve clean, even depth cuts with good control and it's sharp enough to taper cuts to nothing. Time will tell how long it stays sharp, but at this price, I won't mind replacing it periodically.
I wanted to try carving metal clay without spending a fortune on tools, so this carver seemed to be the ideal solution. I've used it once and am pleased with it. Carving is a little harder than I thought it would be and learning to use this tool properly will take practice. Good quality for the price and a great intro to carving.