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Apr
23

Introducing our inspiring new selection of Red Creek Jasper, Yellow Turquoise, Chinese Painting Jasper, and Sage Dendritic Agate featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Natural Gemstones

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. Yellow Turquoise is mostly a jasper or serpentine gemstone that is yellow with brown, green and red within. The black webbing that appears throughout this stone is hematite. Yellow turquoise helps communication, intuition and creativity, and brings wisdom. Chinese Painting Jasper is a beautiful natural gemstone features red and maroon spots over a grey background. Beautiful Amethyst Dendritic Sage Agate is named for its purple/gray color with lovely manganese dendrites, and is found in the Bilk Mountain range in Nevada. Dendrites are tree-like inclusions, and were named after the Greek word meaning tree-like.

These beautiful gemstones offer a unique and sophisticated look; discover freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and coordinated necklaces. These gemstones will not last. Get these new stones now to see why Mother Nature does it best.

Apr
18

Introducing our new collection of Fretz products featuring beautiful hammers, unique forming stakes, and versatile bench anvils.

Fretz Hammers, Stakes, and Anvils

Fretz products are unlike any tool you have ever seen or held before. Only when you’re working with a Fretz product can you fully appreciate the quality, strength and versatility. These products help you form, shape and design sensational jewelry.

Fretz hammers are the best quality jeweler’s hammers and each one is specifically designed to make your designing easier. Each hammer features a head made of 420 stainless steel, and beautiful handles made from Padauk wood. These hammers are light weight, but strong, and very versatile. Cool Tools carries a variety of Fretz hammers, like your standard planishing, embossing and raising hammers for doming, smoothing and raising metals. We also carry a collection of specialty hammers including the Fretz Insert Hammer, Fretz Jeweler’s Sledge Hammer, and several Fretz Texturing Hammers. A quality jeweler’s hammer can help your projects come out just the way you want. Having a specialty hammer, perfect for the job at hand, can make your designing much easier.

Fretz miniature metalsmithing forming stakes are also made of hardened 420 stainless steel and feature highly polished surfaces. The miniature stakes are used to form bracelets, pendants, bezels or to form hollow back rings. They can be used to perform other metalsmithing tasks, but on a much smaller scale. These stakes are to be used with the Fretz H-1 stake holder (HOL-112). Easily mount the holder on your bench and swap out stakes quickly and easily.

Fretz bench anvils are perfect for bench jewelers. You can form or texture flat or curved jewelry and metal on the anvil. The wooden base dampens the noise and the rubber feet keep the anvil from slipping. These stunning anvils are also highly polished and made of 420 stainless steel and Padauk wood.

With a Fretz hammer, stake, or anvil, form not only meets function, it meets beauty as well.

Watch our 3 new Fretz videos to learn how to use these beautiful hammers, forming stakes, and bench anvils.

Apr
16

Jump Rings Made Easy

New in the Video LibraryWhen making jewelry, it’s always a good idea to have jump rings at the ready.  Having a tool to easily manufacture your own can not only save you time, but save you money. In this tool demo, learn to make any size jump rings with the easy-to-use jump ring kit.

Using a Micro Engraver

Custom designs engraved into metal produces some of the most unique and personalized pieces. Having a tool to quickly design, mark, or sign your pieces, can be quite helpful. In this tool demo, learn to use the new micro engraver to add your own personal touch to your next project.

Leaf Textures in Metal Clay

If you’re looking for a beautiful natural texture, nothing can beat designing with a leaf. Organic objects often make the most unique and stunning patterns. In this technique video, learn to use a leaf to make beautiful, textured jewelry.

Apr
9

Introducing our astonishing new assortment of Royal Imperial Jasper, Boulder Opal, Laguna Lace Agate, and Blue Apatite featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

Blue Apatite is a beautiful and unique stone, usually green, but it can also be blue, yellow, reddish-brown, violet, yellow-green, colorless or multicolored. Although classified as a single mineral, it is actually three different minerals. Apatite is a stone that can stimulate thoughts and ideas. It is said to increase intellect, imagination, and intuitive awareness.  Apatite is found in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Myanmar, Russia, Spain, and the U.S.A. Laguna Lace Agate is onNew Natural Gemstonese of the most highly praised banded agate in the world. It is known for its extremely tight banding and vibrant shades of red and scarlet. Laguna Lace Agate is found in an area covering roughly four square miles in a remote mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Boulder Opal is one of the most valuable varieties of opal. Fine specimens of Boulder Opal are able to exhibit all of the spectral colors through its distinct play of color. Boulder Opal is found embedded into large boulders of ironstone, which is how it earned its name. Occurring as pebble rock, precious opal develops within thin veins, fissures and hollows. As opal minors attempt to remove the embedded opal from the ironstone, some of the host matrix is preserved during the process. For this reason, Boulder Opal is sometimes referred to as ‘Opal in matrix’. The ironstone matrix enhances the stones durability and vibrancy of color, often increasing the desirable colors and opalescence. Royal Imperial Jasper ranges in color from light greens and yellows to bright oranges and burgundies. The beautiful patterns and colors offer a unique look unlike any other stone. This gemstone supposedly helps to reduce insecurities and fears while providing protection.

These beautiful gemstones offer a unique and sophisticated look and will be the perfect centerpiece for your next jewelry project. Combine these stones with our huge selection of settings, earwires and bezel wire to make new jewelry pieces like no other.

Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Pick out the perfect one for you. Hurry, these gemstones will not last! Do not wait; get these new stones while you still can.

Apr
2

Congratulations to Francesca Boone, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest for February. Francesca has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing her Oval Pairs Jewelry Shape Template. Francesca gave our templates a great review saying, “These are lovely shapes. They are smaller than I thought they’d be. Very versatile however.”

Francesca was excited about being the February winner:

Francesca Boone“I was VERY excited (and GRATEFUL)  to get your email.  My current “love” is working with Precious Metal Clay.  I love it because it’s easy, it’s quick and almost anything becomes inspiration for a new piece.

I have just moved to FL from McKinney, TX.  I am busy creating new pieces as most of my current work is at a newly opened store in McKinney, TX called Art On The Veranda, which carries local artists work. I mentioned “current” because like many artist, it’s never just one thing that grabs our attention.  I have received awards, and have been published for my porcelain painting. I have created stained glass pieces and many other artistic creations….but PMC has held my heart the longest.

Nature is perhaps my biggest inspiration.  My husband laughs at me sometimes, when he sees me stop to study something on our walks.  Sometimes it’s a particularly textured leaf, sometimes a texture in the concrete, or sidewalk, sometimes a bud from a Crepe Myrtle or the way the light plays off of a building….it’s all inspiration.

I purchased some Stalactite gemstones from Cool Tools which will be in my next pieces.  Since I now live in “Gator” land, I am trying to keep that in mind when designing a new piece.  The Stalactite gemstone will have a alligator texture backing.  I have also purchased (from COOL TOOLS, of course) some orange and blue gemstone (UF colors) which I will be embedding in earrings.

What is there not to love about creating with precious metal clay? I also cannot imagine a source better than COOLTOOLS to be MY source for everything I need to make beautiful jewelry. I received my PMC certification from a senior artist in NYC,  Vera Lightstone many years ago. I was born in Rome Italy have lived all over the world and speak several languages fluently.  I have two adult sons who live in NJ.

Thank you again!

Francesca Boone

PS: If you’re curious about my porcelain, please feel free to “Google” my name~typically the first thing that comes up is an image of a piece that won a bronze ribbon in an International competition and an article I wrote to accompany the photo as it was published in the IPAT publication.”

After every purchase, you have the opportunity to review your products. Your reviews help fellow jewelry artists better understand the products we offer. You can review any product by simply going to the product page and clicking “write a review”. Each review gives you an entry into our review contest.  Help us congratulate Francesca!

Apr
1

New 12" Textured MetalsOur Textured Metal selection just got bigger and better. Introducing our 2 ½” x 12” textured metals available in all new brass and copper designs.

These intriguing textures are 24 gauge and can be used for so many things. Cut out your design shapes, add color with enamels and patina, solder and embellish, form and shape them to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. The possibilities are endless.

These 12″ copper and brass textured sheet feature all new designs. Use brass and copper textured sheet metal to make and form your own jewelry designs. Combine textures with other popular mediums like metal clay, various wire, findings and more.

Shop through our textured metal collection featuring over 200 different products and let your creative aspirations run wild.

Mar
17

Free Metal ClayWant FREE clay? You got it! Starting today, order 50 grams of PMC3 and get 5 grams completely FREE. That’s 10% more!

These 55 gram packs are available for the same price as 50 gram packs and are perfect for making all those jewelry projects you’ve been planning.

This is the best time to stock up and save on metal clay.

Order a lot to cash in on the savings. This amazing offer will not last! Order now while supplies last.

Mar
11

Congratulations to Bonnie Kyles, the winner of the February Cool Tools Survey Contest. Bonnie has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.

Bonnie was excited and told us a little about herself:

Jewelry by Bonnie Kyles“I am positively thrilled to be the February winner! There’s always something on my wish list at Cool Tools as you have great products and exceptional customer service.

I just retired from 38 years of teaching elementary students, my number one passion, so am devoting a large portion of my time to a more recent passion: wire and metal jewelry design. A few years ago I started wireworking  and then realized I could easily combine that with metalsmithing to create an endless array of designs! I took a basic metalsmithing class and have continued to broaden my skill set primarily through reading books and through pure experimentation.

The bracelet is an example of some of the techniques I’ve been focusing on recently. I rolled copper tubing with paper to get the wavy lines, did a heat patina and riveted the components.

Thank you in advance for the the gift certificate. I will put it to good use!

-Bonnie jo Kyles”

After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey. Your thoughts help us improve as a company and to better understand your needs. Each month, we select a winner and the next one could be you!

Help us congratulate Bonnie this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

Mar
10

Textured MetalsIntroducing the extensive new line of beautiful textured metals available in Brass, Bronze, Copper and Silver.

These brilliant textures come in a variety of gauges and can be used for so many things. Cut out your design shapes, add color with enamels and patina, solder and embellish, form and shape them to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. The possibilities are endless.

Our copper textured sheet is available in 18 gauge and 24 gauge is approximately 2”x6”. Use copper textured sheet metal to make and form your own jewelry designs.  Our bronze and brass textured metal is available in 22 gauge for a variety of design options. Our silver textured sheet is available in both .925 sterling silver and .999 fine silver. Choose from 18, 20, 22, and 24 gauge in both types of silver. Combine any textures with other popular mediums like metal clay, various wire, findings and more.

Shop through our textured metal collection featuring 180 different products and let your creative aspirations run wild.

Mar
4

New WHITECOPPRclayIntroducing all new WHITE COPPRclay featuring a silvery-gray color after firing that can be oxidized, textured or highly polished to a bright shine. Like other metal clays, WHITE COPPRclay provides an incredible artistic range. And, because it is a base metal (composed of copper and nickel), it is also so economical that you can use it for large pieces–even sculptures–very affordably!

WHITE COPPRclay can be pinched, rolled, sculpted, cut or manipulated any way you like. Then fire it, and the binder burns away, leaving a solid copper/nickel object. Create jewelry, jewelry components, or custom-crafted specialized tools. You can texture it, add color with oxidizers or patinas, or simply polish it to a bright white shine.

Use the unique color WHITE COPPRclay to add contrast to your metal clay jewelry designs and hollowware creations: Create accent pieces and, after firing, partnerWHITE COPPRclay white copper with other metal components or, layer unfired WHITE COPPRclay with original COPPRclay™ to create mokume gane-like woodgrain patterns.

It requires a simple 2 phase firing schedule and opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. Phase one–ramp at 500°F/hour to 600°F (320°C) and hold for 10 minutes; phase two–ramp at full speed to 1,850°F (1,010°C) and hold for 2 hours (total firing time, including ramp-time, will be just over 4 hours).

 WHITE COPPRclay cannot be torch-fired; it must be fired in a firing pan, surrounded by activated carbon, inside a kiln.