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Archive for March, 2012

Mar
30

All orders get a FREE GIFT PAK this weekend to help inspire your new spring designs.

No minimum purchase amount required. Each gift pak features a sophisticated silver toggle clasp and a beautiful Antique Mold wrapped in a classic organza pouch.

Enter the code: “SPRING” in the coupon code box during checkout. Hurry – offer ends 4/2!

All orders qualify for a free Gift Pak. Code must be entered at checkout within promotional dates to qualify for gift. Not valid with any other promotion. Offer ends 4/2/12 at 11:59 pm CST.

Mar
27

Congratulations to Betty Selby-Syslo, the winner of our February Survey Contest. Betty has won a $100 gift certificate for telling us about her experience.

Betty was excited and told us a little about herself:

I was doing stained glass and wanted to be able to dangle some stones from a piece so a friend and I figured out how to wire wrap them.   All about the same time my husband and I became interested in hunting rocks, cutting, polishing and creating jewelry and art with them.  That was in 2004 which in turn grew into a love of creating jewelry and teaching others.  I make and teach wire wrapping, beading, cold connections, viking chain, working with wire and precious metal clay (4th level certified).  I also repair, restore and re-make costume and vintage jewelry.   I hope to continue to learn and share many more jewelry making avenues and would love to have my jewelry available for purchase through a well known company.

I love teaching all ages and also offer jewelry making birthday parties for boys and girls.  I have a small studio that I would like to open 2 days a week for classes and jewelry supplies.  I am so excited and completely surprised that I won this and I am also very thankful to Cool Tools for this opportunity as well as the jewelry making tools that are made available for anyone who loves the art!

Sincerely, a Cool Tool Fan – Betty Selby-Syslo”

After every purchase, you’ll receive an email asking to take a survey to tell us about your experience. We read every comment and use your thoughts to make improvements and become a better company. Each month, a winner is selected and given a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate. Help us congratulate Betty this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

Mar
26

Spring is here and new beautiful Antique Molds are popping up here at Cool Tools. Check out these fresh designs! Pick through the new dazzling molds featuring flowers, patterns, symbols and more. There’s something for every artist.

Our antique molds are hand crafted from the original element so you get a perfect impression. A mold is a great way to own the beauty of these collectibles without the investment of the original, and the sizes are just right for jewelry components. We use 100% silicone mold material that does not stick to metal clay, or any other type of clay, so no release is needed. Use any type of precious metal clay, polymer or ceramic clays. The molds can be placed on a heat source to dry, and can even be placed in an oven or toaster oven. Our molds are safe to 500F.

Browse our entire incredible collection Antique Molds today to find the one that fits your next jewelry project!

Mar
23

Free Video Project! Create this elegant Framed Pearl Pendant from any type of metal clay using dry construction and a double firing.

This project features our new Victorian Frame Jewelry Shape Template and Half Drilled Pearls. Hypo Tube Cement is used to attach the pearl to the wire post.

Add class and sophistication to your next jewelry project with our entire collection of Pearls, available in a variety of colors like South Sea Black, Classic White, Pink Blush, Apricot, Lavender, Chocolate, Grey and so much more!

Mar
23

A huge new variety of classic Pearls have just arrived at Cool Tools. Enticing & vibrant Pearls add class and sophistication to jewelry like no other stone can.

Our new Pearl selection offers an unbelievable variety of sizes, shapes & styles. Shop new South Sea Black, Pink Blush, Natural White, Peach, Lavender, Apricot, Chocolate & Grey Pearls.

Our gorgeous Mabe Pearls are grown on the inside shell of a mollusk. Mabe Pearls are created by attaching a plastic nucleus onto the inside of a mollusk’s shell. Once the nucleus is covered with a sufficient amount of nacre, the pearl is cut away from the inner shell and the bead is taken out. The open cavity is filled with resin and backed by a mother-of-pearl plate. Mabe Pearls are sometimes referred to as blister pearls. Our Half Drilled Freshwater Pearls come in matched pairs and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Use with Hypo Tube Cement to attach half drilled pearls to a wire post. Hole is drilled to accommodate a 20 gauge wire.

Check out our new Framed Pearl Pendant Video Project here!

Mar
16

Feeling Lucky? Cool Tools is offering FREE SHIPPING on all items store-wide this St. Patrick’s Day.

No minimum purchase amount required. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these great savings! All International Customers get $5 off their shipping.

Enter the code “LUCKY” in the coupon code box during checkout. Hurry to take advantage of this great offer – Free Shipping ends 3/19!

Free shipping applies to orders shipped to all 50 U.S. states and is sent via UPS Ground or USPS at our option. Code must be entered at checkout to qualify and placed within qualifying dates. Kilns excluded to HI & AK. Free Shipping ends 3/19/12 at 11:59pm CST.

Mar
13

Metal Clay Fusion

The first entry in the new Metal Clay Master Class series features the world’s leading artist in this versatile medium, which can be molded like clay, but after firing is pure metal. Gordon K. Uyehara will inspire jewelry makers everywhere with his working methods, expertise, and designs. He offers detailed instructions for 22 original projects using several types of metal clay, including silver, bronze, and copper. A handsome gallery of work demonstrates Uyehara’s skill and the extraordinary possibilities of the material.

Gordon K. Uyehara is an Art Clay Silver Senior Instructor whose work emphasizes small-scale design and wearable art. His motivation is to create pieces that are familiar and yet interestingly seductive and to explore the outer design limits of this relatively new art form. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hardbound, 144 pages

Mar
13

Congratulations to Toni Anderson, February’s Random Review Winner. Toni has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for reviewing an 8oz Rawhide Mallet she purchased from us.

Here is what she had to say on her review: “Light & sturdy. Great hammer, easy to hammer out lumps and bumps in metal of all kinds. Leaves no residual marks”

Toni was very happy and told us a little about herself and the work she enjoys:

“Yahooo!  Can’t believe it!!! I am ecstatic.

Firstly, two years ago I started playing with rocks that several generations have left about our property. I cut, broke, and polished them, literally finding a new interest and noting the beauty in the pieces. Then in the natural progression of this hobby, I started making jewelry.  I started ordering Cool Tools products which were not only super functional but fun and exciting as well (Cool tools has SO many products that make everything easier and much more enjoyable).   This is such a wonderful hobby for me (..all my stressors  leave …I loose track of time..the world becomes a better place to be).

Family and friends love my pieces (as they should–:) …but I have had several  offers to buy my necklaces!  I do not want the enjoyment to turn into work..I have a job! My son has been helpful with building tables and items for me. Then he sneaks and borrows one of my “cool tools” to round his radiator cap, or fix some other Jeep repair.UGH!  (He has taken up an interest in Cool Tools as well!!!!!)

Realizing that I could improve and expand on what I enjoy, I  take classes at Tacoma Metal Arts Center (Tacomametalarts.com).  I have learned so much and have had such a great time, I must recommend them to all! They have every skill level and a variety of classes (metal work, setting, glass, PMC, electroplating,stone setting, as so much more).  Us “students” often ask about products/tools that we are using and Cool Tools is frequent in our conversations.  I can attest first hand that I enjoy the products and high quality.  As I learn new areas, I return to Cool Tools and am able to obtain everything I need for home “play”.

I cant thank you enough.  This hobby just amazes me. I thank you so very much.”

After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to review the products. These reviews help other jewelry artists better understand the tools & supplies they need. Reviews are posted on our site and offer unique insight from people who use our products.

Every month we have a drawing to see who wins a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for our Random Review Contest. Every product that you review earns you one entry into the drawing. Review as many as you can!

We appreciate your reviews and ask that you keep them coming! Next month’s winner could be you. This month, help us congratulate Toni!

Mar
9

Brand new Patterned Brass Wire & Strip has just come in! Our latest selection of brass wire features brilliant detail and sophisticated designs.

These elegant patterned brass designs work wonderful with a variety of products and can be used with brass stampings, gilders paste, sheet metals & so much more.

Shop our expanded selection of Patterned Brass designs today and start adding easy elegance to your creations.

Check out Mardel’s Low-Temp Solder Video in our Video Library. Adding brass elements to your wire creations has never been easier!

Mar
5

New romantic Jewelry Shape Templates have just arrived! Discover Victorian & Vintage frame designs for your jewelry art.

Create sophisticated frames, borders, charms, toggles and more. Each new design includes 3 nested sizes for perfect frames and graduated shapes that fit together.

Only genuine Jewelry Shape Templates have a frosted blue surface. This special surface makes it easy to find these templates on your workbench, but allows clarity for positioning.

Order any of our 70 Jewelry Shape Templates today to get the sophisticated look you have always desired.