Archive for April, 2012
Beautiful & romantic, arts & crafts Jewelry Artist Elements have just arrived at Cool Tools featuring embossed patterns for your jewelry designs!
Create embossed vining floral designs, nature inspired components, moths, and more along with generously sized coordinating textures.
These beautiful texture sheets feature designs that are perfect for making many different jewelry components such as earrings, connectors, links, pendants, bails and more.
Shop our expanded selection of beautiful Jewelry Artist Elements today and take your jewelry projects to a whole new level.
Our awesome new Huggy Bat and Huggy Chicken templates make the most adorable jewelry with hinged wings, and they are so easy to use!
1. Cut out wings, body and other parts.
2. Paste heart and other parts in place and dry.
3. Make a tube for hinges and dry.
4. Cut tube into equal pieces to make knuckles and drill pilot holes.
5. Paste knuckles in place, dry, fire and add hinge pin.
Start making unforgettable jewelry with these one-of-a-kind templates today.
Learn to make hinges with our new Huggy Chicken video project! It’s so easy to make jewelry with moevable parts.
Congratulations to Nanette Mickle, the winner of our March Survey Contest. Nanette has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.
Nanette was excited and told us a little about herself:
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey telling us about your experience. Your thoughts give us insight into how we can improve, what new products you want, and any other suggestions you might have. When you fill out the survey, you get an entry into a drawing for a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate. A winner is selected every month!
Keep filling out our survey and help us congratulate Nanette this month!
Happy Earth Day! All online orders get FREE SHIPPING on all items store-wide April 20 – 23.
No minimum purchase amount required. Stock up and save some green. All international customers get $5 off their shipping costs.
Enter the code: “GREEN” in the coupon code box during checkout. Order right now – free shipping ends soon!
Free shipping applies to online 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 online within qualifying dates. Kilns excluded to HI & AK. Free Shipping ends 4/23/12 at 11:59pm CST.
A fresh new batch of products has arrived this week! Everyone will find something they will love.
Our new size of Silver Solder with flux allows easy flow at 1325F. Combined solder and flux eliminates over- or under-fluxing. This paste solder reaches melting temperature quickly, reducing heat damage. Our new Embossing Sets have everything you need to personalize, texture, stamp and cut your clay. For use with all clay types, this set makes it easy to make your own work of art. our new Clay Extruder Adapter Set includes 5 1″ discs and 1 extruder adapter featuring sophisticated shapes. New Kiln Wash is painted on to hard ceramic kiln shelves to keep glass, enamels, and glazes from sticking to the ceramic kiln shelf. Without kiln wash, anything that sticks to the shelf would need to be ground away, leaving a gouge in the expensive shelf.
These tools are perfect to help you get the job done quick and easy. Get these new products today right here at Cool Tools.
An avalanche of new Jewelry Findings has just been added to inventory featuring three lavish finishes.
Our ample new collection of jewelry findings includes hooks, embeddables, clasps, eyelets, jump rings, settings, bails, charms, swivel hooks & connectors, pendants & so much more!
Our new embeddable eyelets are designed for use with BRONZclay and COPPRclay and can be embedded in wet clay and co-fired. The unique tab allows the clay to lock around the finding during sintering. We offer new Beaded Heishi, a staple for jewelry designers to use as a spacers between beads or stack for effect. Mix various sizes and metals for endless design possibilities. Our wonderful new selection of connectors can be a featured component, a filler, or a base for construction and collage. They can even serve as texturing tools. Discover you new & sturdy charms. They are heavier than a stamping since they are solid metal rather than stamped from a sheet. Our new Pinch Bails are decorative and come with a simple jump ring. A pinch bail is generally used with a pendant. The pegs are positioned over a hole in the pendant and pinched closed to lock the pendant in place. Check out the new selection of toggle clasps and hook & eye clasps. Coordinate your designs with a sturdy and beautiful clasps and secure your bracelets, necklaces and anklets.
Shop our entire extensive selection of Findings today and make Cool Tools your one stop shop for jewelry making.
Congratulations to Wanda Cardenas, the winner of our Random Review contest for March. Wanda has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for reviewing a product she purchased.
Wanda reviewed some Flex-Rite Satin Gold she purchased from Cool Tools and said it was “Very strong wire. Good for holding metal and heavy beads”.
Wanda was excited and told us a little about herself:
After every purchase, you have an opportunity to review the products and let fellow jewelry artists know your experience with the tool. Your comments help others better understand the tools they are looking at. Simply go to the product page on the tool you want to review, scroll down and click “Write a Review”. A winner is selected every month!
Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Wanda this month.
New Gilders Paste colors have arrived at Cool Tools just in time to brighten up your spring jewelry designs.
Our new selection of Gilders Paste features vibrant colors from Tulip Red & Sandalwood to Celtic Bronze & Rich Gold.
Gilders Paste is a non-fading metallic gilding and coloring medium for metals and other surfaces. Create beautiful color effects on any type of metal and many other surfaces. Embellish silver, bronze, and copper clays. Add color to metal stampings, castings, and fabrications in steel, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum and other metals. Gilders Paste works beautifully with brass stampings, filigree, metal castings, ceramics, wood, etched glass, polymer clay, resin and more. Check out our quick tips below for using Gilders Paste!
Tips for Using Gilders Paste
Learning the essentials of using a torch can help you make the jewelry you have always dreamed of. Butane torches are an inexpensive way to perform many small to medium tasks from firing metal clay to small soldering operations. Learn which fuel is right to keep your torch in top working condition, how to properly fill and operate all of the torch models offered at www.cooltools.us, and more.
Metal clay firing torches (all of our large flame torches) are perfect for torch firing fine silver and copper clay pieces up to 25 grams. Smaller torches, like the Spitfire, Stingray and Hot Shot models are perfect for small soldering tasks. Use these torches to ball wire, make head pins, solder jump rings closed, and more.
Please note that while we highly recommend Blazer Triple Refine Butane, which is designed for butane torches, we do not offer this product on our website. Butane is a highly flammable material and carries a hazardous surcharge for shipping. Source your butane locally, but be sure to demand triple refined for best performance and longest torch life.
Here you will learn about properly filling the torch, choosing the right fuel, adjusting the flame for various projects and tasks, choosing the right torch for the job at hand, how to determine if the torch is functioning properly, and so much more. Torches are safe to use, easy to operate, and are the perfect tool for your next jewelry project.
Check out our ever-expanding selection of Tool Demo videos available right here in the Video Library. From Jewelry Shape Templates and Jewel Stamp techniques, to Gilders Paste and Carbon Sifting, you will learn the tips and tricks you need to use innovative jewelry making tools.