This can be anything from a drinking straw to a professional jewellery tumbler. Take a look around at the things you use everyday. A toothpaste cap or the bristles of an old toothbrush might give you just the pattern you are after.  A cookie cutter might give you a perfect earring shape. The tiny drinking straw from the juice box might be spot on for making holes to hang a piece from. An old nail file can be excellent for cleaning up a piece prior to firing. A toothpick or a needle can be perfect for modelling and shaping clay (just look at Carol Douglas' stunning little creatures - they're all done with needles and toothpicks!). Point is, you don't have to spend a fortune on tools to get started with metal clay. 

Having said that, we must not be the only tool addicts here...there is something very addictive about jewellery making tools!

Click here for a more in-depth look at the basic tools you need for working with metal clay and a list of some of our favourites! 

  • Clear Sticky Bead Mat - 19 x 14cm Clear Sticky Bead Mat - 19 x 14cm

    Clear Sticky Bead Mat - 19 x 14cm

    Keep your beads and small findings right where you want them with this transparent sticky bead mat!  The surface feels sticky so it will keep your beads in place but no adhesive is used so there's no sticky residue. The transparent background...

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  • Hatties Moisture Mist

    Hatties Moisture Mist

    We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Hattie's Moisture Mist! It's fantastic for keeping your metal clay pliable, soft, and supple whilst working. It is also THE best product to rejuvenate and reconstitute dry clay, even once totally dry.  The Moisture Mist works...

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  • Hatties No Stick Spray

    Hatties No Stick Spray

    Prevent your metal clay from sticking! HattieS™ No Stick™ spray is a great coating for hands, tools, textures and more.  Simply spritz or brush a light coating on your hands, any tool or texture and allow it to dry for a moment. It's...

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  • Micro Engraver with LED Spotlight Micro Engraver with LED Spotlight

    Micro Engraver with LED Spotlight

    This fantastic, battery powered tool is ideal for engraving metal, glass, wood, ceramics and more!  The compact pen-like design and comfortable contoured grip allows great control for doing fine detail work.   The Mirco Engraver comes with a...

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