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Archive for August, 2013

Aug
26

Red Creek Jasper is BackIt’s back! Named for the stream that runs through the area, Red Creek Jasper shines like no other stone.

These beautiful cabochons are great candidates for necklaces, pendants and earrings with colors ranging from bright oranges and yellows to various greens, greys and magnificent reds.

Red Creek Jasper is a member of the Chalcedony family, a form of microcrystalline quartz. Jasper usually refers to an opaque stone derived from the Greek word, “spotted stone”. Red Creek Jasper is a vein jasper recently discovered in Red River, China. It has amazing color washes of blues, greens, yellows, reds and even purples with a series of intersecting lines that form picture-like patterns.

In general, Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, Jasper unifies all aspects of your life.

Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Get them now while you still can.

Aug
23

What's New at Cool Tools?A huge new array of tools has just arrived to make your jewelry life easier, more productive, and more creative! Shop the new collection today!

This new selection of innovative productivity tools features popular Powdered Clays, cool Metal Design Stamps, unique Copper Blanks, Books, DVDs and way, way more!

All of our Design Stamps are made from heat-treated tool grade steel. Our Wire Twisting Pliers allow you to safely twists wire up to 18 gauge. Simple one-pull action and automatic return twists wire quickly into a strand that won’t unravel. Check out the extensive selection of Powder Clays including Goldie Bronze and Hadar’s Clay!

These tools and products are perfect to help you get the job done quickly, easily and accurately.

And remember, orders over $150 ship for FREE!

Aug
20

We sent some Patterned Wire we had sitting around the studio to our friend Terri McCarthy at Terri McCarthy Studios in Grafton, WI. Jan Harrell, an excellent enameling artist and metalsmith, was teaching an enameling class. Jan’s work is an exploration of textures and shapes, enamel and metal finishes, shiny and dull surfaces, as well as solid and see-through forms. Her and her students were able to incorporate some of the wire into their enameling projects!

The first two pieces were designed by Scott Boyd, a student in Jan’s class. Scott was able to use our 20 gauge “Maze” Copper Patterned Wire in the first piece. This piece works great with the wire, and has just the right amount of detail. His second piece features the “Leaves” Copper Wire. This piece is simple and refined and shows how versatile the Copper Wire can be.

The bottom two pieces were created by Jan. The piece on the left uses a Copper Bezel Wire in a unique way! She even was able to add a little color in the circles of the wire for a little something extra. The last piece uses our “Round Stud” Copper Wire. Not only was she able to incorporate the wire in her piece, but she even added texture using the wire to tie it all together.

These are four great examples of thinking “outside the box” with this unique wire. Enamels and Patterned Wire work perfectly together, and open up a world of exciting design possibilities.

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 2

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 1

Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -2Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -1

Aug
19

New Enamels Are Here!Introducing our expanded Enameling section for bringing brilliant colors to your beautiful jewelry creations.

Discover a rainbow of over 100 stunning new colors available in multiple sizes. More colors mean more creative possibilities!

Our enamels are medium temperature, medium expansion for copper, gold, silver, low carbon steel and metal clay.

Normal firing temperatures range from 1400-1500 degrees fahrenheit. Coefficient of expansion range: 258-360 cubic expansion. All of our enamels are lead-free.

Shop our new Enameling Supplies today and start adding vivid color to your creations.

Aug
16

Solder Cutting PliersSolder Cutting Pliers

 

Working with solder opens up thousands of possibilities when creating jewelry or working with metal. Having your solder cut and organized is a great way to speed up the soldering process.

In this tool demo, learn to use the Solder Cutting Pliers to get perfectly cut solder quickly and easily.

 

Hole Punching PliersHole Punching Pliers

 

Adding holes to your creations can be time-consuming by the time you mark, drill, and clean off burs. If you have a piece with a lot of holes, this can get rather repetitive.

In this tool demo, learn to use Hole Punching Pliers to make clean and accurate holes with a simple squeeze of a handle.

 

3M Diamond Hand Files & Laps

3M Diamond Files & Laps

 

Diamond files are very useful, when working with fragile materials or hard metals. Diamond files have small particles of industrial diamonds embedded in their surface, which make them ideal for a variety of materials.

In this tool demo, learn to use our 3M Diamond Hand Files and Laps, for versatile filing and finishing.

 

Aug
7

New Square and Half-Round Copper WireForm and finish your jewelry creations using our new selection of pure copper wire available in round, square and half-round.

This versatile new wire comes in a variety of gauges including the thick, lower gauges for endless possibilities!

Copper is essential to all living organisms and is an essential nutrient, playing a vital role in keeping bones, skin, brain, blood vessels and immune system strong and healthy. Copper also has anti-bacterial properties useful in slowing the spread of illnesses. Because copper can be absorbed through the skin, wearing copper jewelry has become a simple, popular way to reap the benefits of this lovely metal.

Shop through our entire wire selection including these new copper designs and get excited about creating something new!

Aug
2

Exclusive and unique, you won’t find these Antique Molds anywhere else.

30 New Antique MoldsEnlightenment. Cineraria. Parisella Paisley. Grapefest. These are just a few of the big, bold and beautiful new molds available now.

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 photos show a finished pieces made from fine silver clay.

Shop over 400 Antique Molds today and get excited about creating something new with these fabulous designs.