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! 

  • Handle for KRM Rollers Handle for KRM Rollers

    Handle for Mini Texture Rollers (KRM)

    Handle for Kor Tools' Acrylic Mini Texture Rollers (KRM and KRS Rollers) This wooden handle is for use with the KRM Acrylic Texture Rollers (also called Mini Rollers) and enables you to use the very small rollers. This smooth wooden handle is easy to...

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  • Micro Mesh Band Handle

    Micro Mesh Band Handle

    This sanding stick device has a 5mm wide band of Micro-Mesh wrapped around its perimeter, and is sprung loaded to keep the band taught, allowing it to be wound on as the band wears. The chisel shaped front end of the sanding stick makes sanding and...

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