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Archive for June, 2013

Jun
26

Funky Chain DesignsAdd some funk to your jewelry designs with our new selection of Funky Loops and Pods chains.

Our copper Funky Loops chain was so popular that we’ve expanded our selection to include all new pod and loop designs in brass, copper, silver plate and more!

This chain is beautiful and unique! Our new chain works wonderfully for pendants, bracelets, necklaces and so much more.

Make a bold statement with the unique and intricate designs of funky chain designs.

Shop these new funky chain designs today to set your jewelry designs apart from all the rest.

Sold by the foot so you can buy just the amount you need.

Jun
19

Bead & Button Show Kilns!We’re extending the discounts to you! Our Bead & Button Kilns come directly from the show; check out the popular models & great deals.

A few of these kilns have never been used! Others have slight use in classes by Celie Fago and Linda Darty that now allows you to save big.

All models guaranteed to work great. Each kiln listing features detailed descriptions & pictures of the kiln you will receive.

Check out our new Bead & Button Show models today & discover the unbelievable discounts available to you. Hurry – Supplies are limited!

All used kiln sales are final. Kilns guaranteed to work upon arrival. All kilns come with original manufacturer’s warranty and manual.

Jun
14

1-Step Looping Pliers1 – Step Looping Pliers

Learn to use the 1-Step Looping Pliers to make consistent loops quickly and easily.

Creating eyepins can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Most jewelers will tell you that although it sounds simple, making consistent and well-shaped loops can be frustrating. Depending on your jewelry piece, you may have to do this simple task several times, and traditionally, you’ve had to use multiple tools to get the job done.

The 1-Step Looping Pliers are designed to trim and loop head pins, eyepins and form wire in one simple and consistent motion.

Bezel TipsBezel Tips

Problem solving is an important part of making fine jewelry.  Sometimes, after soldering your bezel, the stone just does not fit back in the way it did before. Trying to force your stone back in can cause damage.  Adding stones to your creations is a great way to bring color and interest to the piece.

In this tool demo, learn a few quick tricks to set your stones easily, and get the perfect fit every time.

Helpful Bench Tips

Bench TipsMaking fine jewelry means eventually, you’ll have to work around a difficult issue. Every artist has their own unique way to get around problems.

In this tools demo, we’ll share some simple tips and tricks to finding the balance point on pendants, cleaning steel shot, and keeping your pliers organized.

Using these simple techniques can save time and money, and help you make beautiful jewelry.

Visit our Video Library to view our extensive selection of jewlery making videos and demos of all types.

Jun
6

Have you tried Magic Carbon? If you want a more simple firing process, this carbon is for you!

Magic CarbonNot all carbons are the same. Some carbons will not work at all for firing metal clay. Others will give you a handful of good firings before they are spent. Some will work for one kind or brand of clay and not for another. Magic Carbon is pre-tested for all brands of bronze, copper and silver clays and fires any thickness in a 2 hour schedule in most kilns (some kilns will require additional hold time). Magic Carbon also has the advantage of firing at a lower temperature. The faster firing and the lower temperature puts less demand on the heating elements, giving your elements a longer life than other carbons.

Magic Carbon produces an antique patina on bronze and copper clays, which eliminates the need for additional patination. If color is desired, you can remove the kiln patina with a steel brush or 3M Bristle Discs and apply a heat patina by heating the piece gently with a torch.

Magic Carbon will fire all silver clay. This will allow you to fire heat-sensitive stones with no damage or color change. Any stone that is listed on our Gemstones in Metal Clay firing chart as fireable can be safely fired in Magic Carbon. If a gem is listed as “no fire”, such as Turquoise or Opal, it cannot be fired in any carbon or kiln. The nature of these types of stones do not allow them to be heated. Only stones that are listed as Low Fire or High Fire will survive kiln heating. Magic Carbon protects the gem from oxygen, preserving it’s color. No pre-burnout is needed to fire silver clay. This is a unique feature of Magic Carbon and it does not apply to any other carbon.

Make your firing process simple with help from Magic Carbon, available in both 1lb and 5 lb sizes.

Jun
3

Let your creativity run wild with our unique new selection of Jewelry Artist Element design sheets.

New Jewelry Artist ElementsPetroglyphs. Shaman Rituals. Archeological Find. Speak Easy. This is just a taste of the treasures you’ll uncover at Cool Tools.

Our Petroglyph designs (also called rock engravings), mirror drawings that are created by removing part of a rock surface by picking, carving, and abrading. Petroglyphs are found world-wide, and are often associated with prehistoric peoples. Our Shaman Rituals texture features designs of Shamanism, a practice that involves reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world. Our Speak Easy texture sheet features Deco designs. Deco is a style of design that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. These Deco designs are marked by stylized forms and geometric designs. Check out the rest here!

Shop over 40 embossing design Jewelry Artist Element sheets today to feed your creative spirit.