Archive for June, 2012
A wonderful new assortment of Antique Molds have just been added to inventory – be the first to get the new designs!
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.
Most of our molds have flat bottoms for easy molding. Use the molds as stampers or impress small bits to create a collage. The photo shows finished pieces made from fine silver clay. The samples have been oxidized with Patina Gel and given a matte finish.
Check out all 300 Antique Mold designs to get your next beautiful jewelry project started today.
More Findings are pouring in! Over 150 new and unique jewelry findings have just come in at Cool Tools.
Our impressive new collection includes swivel findings, beautiful charms, unique spacers, intricate connectors and a variety of others. Discover the eye-popping selection of finishes including silver, brass and bronze.
Use our new Pinch Settings to set gems and stones fast and easy. Our amazing new selection of Multi-Strand Spacers offer versatility for up to five strands! Our new Swivel Findings are the perfect fit for your next unique jewelry project. Swivel Findings bring your pieces together like no other finding can! You will love the way our new Pendant Findings finish off your creations.
Shop through our always-expanding selection of jewelry findings today and find the right piece to complete your creation.
Congratulations to Louise Musto-Choate, the winner for the Cool Tools Survey Contest for May. Louise has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for taking our survey and offering us some of her thoughts.
Louise was excited and told us a little about herself:
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey to tell us about your experience. We read every comment and your thoughts help us improve as a company. Keep filling out our survey and help us congratulate Louise this month!
We loved the creativity and whimsy of this piece. Laura made it hard to figure out that any molds were used for the components, and she used a variety of molds in unusual ways.
The Chicken House (we keep calling it the Chicken Shack) is so cool and has a hinged door. Laura really thought “outside the box” and used our molds and new and exciting way.
Below is Laura’s story:
Congrats Laura! We hope she enjoys her prize.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Cool Tools Antique Mold Design Contest. Everyone here at Cool Tools really enjoyed seeing our molds used in so many beautiful and exciting ways. We loved seeing our products used in a wide variety of jewelry designs.
Help us congratulate Laura on her 1st place finish and be sure to keep an eye out for the next Cool Tools Design Contest!
Congratulations to Robin Ragsdale, the 2nd place winner for our 2012 Antique Mold Design Contest!
Robin has won for her Bronze Hair Stick made from BRONZclay.
Below is Robin’s Story:
Robin’s design is simple and elegant. The execution of the piece is clean and balanced. The addition of Accent Silver makes this design a stand out.
Robin will receive a $200 Cool Tools gift certificate for her 2nd place finish. Help us congratulate Robin on her beautiful entry.
Only one position remaining! The 1st place winner of the 2012 Cool Tools May Antique Mold Design Contest will be announced tomorrow. There were so many beautiful pieces submitted and it was so hard to pick a winner!
Be sure to check back for the exciting 1st place announcement!
Finally, the winners of the Cool Tools Antique Mold Design Contest from May have been selected and we are anxious to announce them all!
We planned on only selecting one winner for each place, but we could not decide on 3rd! There were two pieces we loved, so we decided it was a tie. Both winners have won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate!
The first winner is Amy Marez for her Fiesta del Sol bracelet. Amy used PMC STERLING for her mold components and combined it with sterling silver sheet and wire into a piece that is clean, beautiful and well made. This design showcases how well PMC STERLING and traditional metalsmithing techniques can be combined seamlessly in the right hands.
Below is Amy’s story:
Tied for third place is Kim Jakum for her Ravenna Pendant made from fine silver clay. Kim’s design is so simple, just the mold on an elegant shape, but what makes it special is that she echoed elements from the mold as embellishments that are so tastefully done and the finish is the perfect complement to the design.
Here is Kim’s story:
Help us congratulate both Amy and Kim for their beautiful Antique Mold Design Contest entries. We hope they enjoy their $100 prizes!
Stay tuned: 2nd place will be announced tomorrow!
Eight stunning new embossed Jewelry Artist Elements sheets have just come in. Check them out today.
Our new Arts & Crafts era inspired metal clay design elements are coordinating sheets of embossed floral and vining designs, elements, and textures. Many designs include matching left and right elements. Our Craftsman designs reflect ornate Victorian philosophy in their elegant, but reserved designs. Our breathtaking new Prairie Feather designs are sure to inspire whole collections for your jewelry. Our Jewelry Artist Elements Prairie Feathers designs produce raised images that give the illusion of repousse and work beautifully with patinas and surface embellishments. The Tree of Life is one of the most sacred symbols of mankind. These beautiful Tree of Life designs are referenced in science, religion, philosophy, mythology to name a few. Crowns are a traditional symbol representing power, legitimacy, immortality, righteousness, victory, triumph, resurrection, honor and glory of life after death. Each design includes 2 sizes for coordinating elements and components.
Shop all 15 of our beautiful Jewelry Artist Elements texture sheets for you next project and start making remarkable jewelry.
An irresistible selection of Semi-Precious Gemstones are now available in our store.
You’ll find a rainbow of inspiration in our collection of gems. Choose from turquoise, amber, jasper, onyx, black lip shell and a variety of other exciting calibrated stones, all at great prices.
Blue Lace Agate offers stunning patterns of swirling blues and whites and was once believed to be a protective and healing stone. Our Fancy Jasper has a rich brick red body with swirls and specks of butterscotch, cream, and dark grey. Jasper is a variety of chalcedony (the quartz family) and means “spotted or speckled stone”. Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone. Sodalite is referred to as “the stone of the head and the heart” and was once believed to be especially useful for creative people. The combination of heart and mind makes it possible to make your visions a reality. There is so many others: Find more here!
Let a fabulous gem be the starting place for your next great design and start a revolution in your jewelry.
Pat reviewed a Cool Tools Leaves and Tendrils Texture Tile and said: “Love, love, love. This sheet has become my go-to #1 resource. I am even using it for ring bands: so lovely with bronze clay when it turns green!” Pat was excited about winning and told us a little about herself:
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to review the product you purchased. Your reviews offer fellow jewelry artists insight to the products they are purchasing. You can go to any product page, scroll down to the bottom, and click on “Write a Review”.
The more products you review, the better your chances to win. A winner is selected every month.
Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Pat this month!
Shop our new selection of innovative productivity tools including our new Syringe Holder, Tool Trap, Work Surface Turnabout, several Books & DVDs, and much more!
These tools are perfect to help you get the job done quick, easy and accurately.
Get these new products today right here at Cool Tools.