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Feb
10

Soldering Technique - Joining Textured Metal and Earring Post by Terri McCarthy
Soldering Technique – Joining Textured Metal and Earring Post by Terri McCarthy

Terri demonstrates how to solder an earring post to create an earring with textured metal and a time saving technique using white-out to protect the exposed textured metal while soldering. Watch Both Video’s HERE!

Terri is a local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, Wisconsin. Visit Terri’s website: TerriMcCarthyStudios.net

Feb
5

Congratulations to Katherine Natalia Wadsworth, the winner of the July Cool Tools Survey Contest. Katherine has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.

Katherine was excited and told us a little about herself:

Jewelry Created By Katherine“Thanks, that’s great! I look forward to figuring out what goodies I might take home with the gift certificate. Being a native introvert, I have no idea what on earth you’d like to hear about my “reaction” here, but I hope that the simple happiness I feel at receiving such a nice reward for being a willing participant in the survey/good citizen of the metal clay world will be enough for you to go on! ;)

About me: I have been primarily a lampwork beadmaker for the last 15 years or so, and I use metal clay to design components to complement the glass work in some of my jewelry designs (the attached image shows an example that recently appeared in 1000 Beads, published by Lark). I have a strong background in traditional metalsmithing and glass, but I particularly enjoy taking classes in metal clay techniques because I am thrilled by the ways that this new field is so rapidly evolving, almost reinvented each year.  And just so you know, it was Wanaree Tanner in particular turned me on the the special items available at Cool Tools that I could use to enhance my efforts.

Thanks for the gift, it will be a very sweet reward for just a little effort!

Katherine”

After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey. Your thoughts help us improve as a company and also help us better understand your needs. Each month, we select a winner and the next one could be you!

Help us congratulate Katherine this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

Feb
5

Free Gift Bag – Silver Plated ClaspsFree Gift Bag – Silver Plated Clasps!

All orders of $100.00 or more are eligible. Each bag is filled with 10 different silver plated clasps, valued over $30.00!

Use Promo Code: SILVER. Offer ends: February 8, 2016
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Feb
4

Cold Connecting Textured Metal by Terri McCarthy
New Video! Cold Connecting Textured Metal by Terri McCarthy

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create this “How to” video. She shows how easy it is to combine textured metal with rivets to create your own unique jewelry. Customize this piece by using any texture and shape.

Find the video, tools and products used HERE

Feb
3

What's New at Cool Tools
What’s New at Cool Tools

Maker Hammers by Fretz! These hammers are ideal for precise, intricate metalwork and for creating custom bezels and small vessel forms. Scaled down from the larger Silversmith versions, these hammers serve a variety of jewelers’ metal forming needs.

The Maker line is made with a signature 420 stainless steel and has polished faces ready for use.
Buy separately, or as a set.

Order Fretz Maker Hammers NOW

Also check out the new book Beautiful Elements by Heather Powers and new selection of embeddable Oval Snap-set Prong Settings in 4 sizes, Smooth and Ribbed Pendant Bails and Eyelets 1.6mm to 3mm ID.

Feb
2

Local Metalsmith, Artist and Instructor, Terri McCarthy
Cold Connecting Textured Metal by Terri McCarthy - Get Inspired!

Local Metalsmith, Artist and Instructor, Terri McCarthy visited Cool Tools and filmed jewelry making techniques for an upcoming series of Cool Tools tutorials. The series of new videos will cover several types of soldering, working with textured metal and cold connections. On Thursday, February 4, we’ll release the first of these new instructional videos on cooltools.us and our YouTube channel. Visit Terri’s website here: http://www.terrimccarthystudios.net/

Jan
29

Free Shipping this WeekendFree Shipping this Weekend!

Now til Monday… Take advantage of FREE shipping. Stock up on the tools and supplies you need to keep creating! No minimum purchase amount required. All 50 U.S. states are eligible for free shipping.

Enter the code: “JANUARY” in the coupon code box during checkout.

**Don’t forget to choose Free Shipping for the Shipping Method after entering the code. Order today – free shipping ends Monday, February 1st at midnight. Not valid on International orders.

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Jan
28

Art Nouveau Pendant Project and Calibrated Bezel TemplatesArt Nouveau Pendant Project and Calibrated Bezel Templates

Lisel Crowley, jewelry artist and instructor, visited Cool Tools to show us how easy it is to coil precious metal silver clay to add detail to this pendant. She also uses our New Calibrated Bezel Templates to create a seamless bezel for her gemstone.

Plus Calibrated Bezel Templates

Make seamless bezels in metal clay for your fireable gemstones! These templates are a quick, easy and economical answer to creating metal clay or polymer clay bezels for cubic zirconia, lab created or other fireable gemstones in standard sizes of 6mm and larger.

Click Here to Watch Lisel’s Videos & Check out our NEW Bezel Templates

Jan
25

How To Highlight - Miniature book

How To Highlight – Miniature book

Miniature books and lockets can make the most beautiful and intricate jewelry. Adding your own personal touch to the pages in your book can really personalize your designs. In this project, learn to make a spiral book pendant, and see how this advanced technique can set your jewelry designs apart from all the rest.

Check it out here: http://ow.ly/XvcIQ

Jan
22

20% Off Cool Tools Antique Molds

20% Off Cool Tools Antique Molds!

Today through January 25th, all Cool Tools Antique Molds are 20% Off! Made from 100% silicone mold material that does not stick to clay of any kind, our antique molds are hand crafted from the original element which gives a perfect impression. These molds are a great way to own the beauty of a collectible without the investment of buying the original. Sized just right for jewelry components and Made in the USA by great people employed by Cool Tools.

Enter Code: “MOLD” in the coupon code box during checkout. Offer ends January 25, 2016.

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