Kor-Tools Pattern Rollers & Stamps for Polymer Clay

Kor Tools Rollers And Stamps - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #652: Deep crisp designs scored into hard acrylic plastic rods. The quality and uniqueness of this product is top notch.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Today I will be demonstrating how to use pattern rollers and stamps from Kor Tools.
  • Acrylic Rollers and stamps developed for Jewelry Artists working in PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and Polymer Clays.
  • Rick McKinney is the owner of Kor Tools. He is a pottery artist himself and has designed many wooden pattern rollers for use with earthen clays.
  • He has now ventured into acrylic rollers that can be used with polymer clay and PMC.
  • The rollers are tiny 5cm x 10mm with very deep and detailed continuous patterns.
  • Rick currently carries 41 pattern rollers and 191 stamps.
  • The patterns are wonderfully detailed, with geometric, botanical, nautical and lots of other fantastic and very usable designs.
  • Each roller and stamp is carved out individually with a CNC machine. The actual process of creating a roller is stamp is very precise, but also time consuming.
  • I show examples of 20 different roller patterns and 20 different stamps in samples of Souffle polymer clay.
  • When using the rollers and stamps, you should first wet them with water to keep clay from sticking.
  • Stamp patterns are approximately 1cm x 1cm and highly detailed. They are deeply etched and cut away from the edges so they won’t leave ‘stamp rings’ or marks around the edges when stamped into clay.
  • These stamps are far crisper, deeper, and more detailed than any rubber stamp that I’ve seen on the market.
  • These KorTools Stamps are great for imprinting onto beads, as I show in the video.
  • I also demo how to use the Palm Frond Roller on a sheet of polymer clay.
  • These stamps and rollers are a little bit on the expensive side at $9.95 per roller and $3.95 per stamp… but in my opinion, they are well worth the price for quality, usability and uniqueness of designs.
  • The number of designs and the higher price means that your pieces will be much more unique and you won’t see everyone with the same design as you.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

Comments

  1. These Kor rollers and stamps really hit the spot.
    Last year I bought two hard plastic full size pattern rollers for sugar-craft.

    They work really well to imprint patterns on sugar paste but they are so big I find them hard to store. One has hearts (ideal for Valentines Day) the other one has swirls, which is one of my favorites but how I wish I had waited.

    These mini detailed stamps and rollers are just what I have been looking . Working with polymer clay, silver/copper clay and sugar paste I will be spoilt for choice with all the many designs.

    My wish list is getting longer and longer……..but always great to know what new tools are out there for us to ogle….cheers Cindy..xx

  2. Every one should check out the Kortools site. Such an array of goodies…………boggles the mind. I DID pick out a couple to add to my wish list ! TY for the info !!!!!!!!!!

  3. Just kept going WOW, thanks Cindy yet again for another informative video. Off to the site now to check out all those wonderful designs:)

  4. You can never have too many texturing tools :D and these look great.

    Since I started playing with metal clay I’ve adopted the rolling slat approach for texturing polymer clay too because it makes it really easy to get a deep even impression. These rollers might be a bit narrow for that to work effectively, but in cases where you don’t need the full roller width it’d probably be worth trying.

  5. Hi Cindy, I just found this video on the KorTools and was really impressed with the details of the rollers and stamps. However, when I went to the website to order I ran into multiple problems. First all if I added just 1 roller of a specific Number, it would put 2, or 3 and even 4 of the same kind. I kept having to go back and update the cart to just 1. After doing this several times I finally got everything ordered, checked the totals, shipping etc, made sure my java script permissions were on, but could not check out. I went in to try and whitelist it but it would not allow that website. I finally found a phone number to call. So no luck yet. Thank you for the video. I hope I am able to get some of these eventually. :)

  6. Hi Dixie Ann,
    First of all, thanks for pointing out these issues. I am also glad that we have had the opportunity to talk about this order. Your tools are being billed to you via Paypal, and will shortly be on the way. Regarding the website issues, your problems represent a new set of issues for this website – but not the only set of problems we have had since going live! In the last 5 days, I have had to solve a variety of issues related to checking out and orders peremptorily canceling. Most of these have been solved so far, but exactly what is going on with the checkout company (Mejireh) is still a mystery. Fortunately, most orders seem to be going through today. The main point here is that we are working hard to resolve these issues, and that when we can’t, we have been calling and emailing customers and offering to send them a Paypal invoice and then shipping out the orders. The tools are good, and I think you will like them greatly. I am certainly sorry for the web issues and I can say that, even more than you, I wish they were not occurring. Both my email address and my phone number are on the website, and everybody is more than welcome to call in their website or tool related issues and problems. I take customer service seriously. All the best, Rick McKInney

    • Thank you Rick, I appreciate you taking care of my order. I really appreciate you reaching out and getting my order into motion so I won’t have to wait too long getting it. I am really excited about these new tools and certainly can see the possibilities using it with my clay. I wish you much luck in getting the website problems ironed out and want everyone here at the blog to be sure and pay a visit to your site and check out all of these wonderful tools.

  7. I’ve had the chance to speak with Rick directly, about his shopping cart issues that have come up over the last few days… and just wanted to say I feel confident that he will be able to take care of everyone’s orders as needed.

    In the big picture as far as problems go, this type of problem is actually a good one to have to deal with… because it means there is interest in the product. I guess our little Kor-Tools video worked… in helping to send customers over to Rick’s online store ;-)

  8. I bought one of the texture rollers and two stamps. The texture is 70’s flower and I bought a heart and a butterfly stamp. They came 2 days after I ordered them and I Love them. Thank you Cindy ! I will be purchasing more of them next month.

  9. Wow, got a boatload of these rollers and just love them!! Cindy you are so right about the deep impression you get from them. I love the fact that they don’t leave a ring impression from around the stamps, just the stamp design itself. This feature itself is just awesome. The roller designs are so beautiful and they certainly make your backgrounds go from “O” to WOW! I would certainly pay more for a large rubber stamp than for 1 of the rollers. They are not hard to use, got the hang of them right away and just went crazy! I admit it. I am a tool junkie!

    • Miriam, don’t give up, they have a number right on their website, so call them and let them know you are having problems. They will appreciate you calling and letting them know. They are working to get the new website running smoothly but they have had some bumps and tweaks along the way. I talked with both their website tech and Rick the owner and they are super nice. They had me pay through PayPal and I got my order in 2 days!

    • Hi Miriam,

      Well, I am glad you left a message here. Your order payment did not go through. I tried calling you and left a message, but clearly for some reason this did not get through. Give me a call at 920-205-2701, and I will get your order to you.

      By the way, the website is improving. But we need a new checkout and credit card authorizinng company, but other issues are fixed.

      All the best,

      Rick

  10. I’m not having good luck with this company. I talked to Rick on 4/27 and he sent me a PayPal invoice, which I paid on 4/29. Still have not received my order. I sent an email and left a voice mail message asking about the status and haven’t heard back. I’m very disappointed.

    • Hi, Miriam,
      Rick has been traveling overseas, and can’t access his cell phone and email. I’m sorry to hear you have not received your order. I’ll check into this. Rick will be back next week. He will respond to you when he comes back. Once again sorry about the inconvenience. Thank you.
      Jei McKinney (Rick’s wife)

    • I’d like to close the loop on the issue I had with my order. Kor Tools mailed my order immediately after receiving payment. The post office lost the package. When Rick, the owner, found out, he immediately sent out a new order and I received it in three days. The tools are amazing! Just as Cindy said in her review, they leave a crisp, clean impression in the clay. I will be ordering from Rick again.

  11. Hi Miriam,

    I am contacting you today because I seen that you had not received your package. We are very sorry to hear that. You paid the Pay pal Invoice on the April 29th. On May 1 the package was shipped.

    I emailed you the tracking #. If you take this to your post office they will then be responsible to
    find this package.

    Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please let us know
    when you find the package. We usually have a great rate of success with the US mail.

    Best Wishes,

    Marj Lamers
    Kor Tools

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