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Jul
16

Introducing our inspiring new selection of Ocean Jasper, Amethyst Stalactites, Kambaba Jasper, Druzy Stalactites, and Orbicular Jasper featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

All New Natural Gemstones

Ocean Jasper is unusual jasper found only at a remote location on the coast of Madagascar that can only be mined at low tide! The colors vary widely, including white, green, pink, red, black, blue. The wild polka dots, wavy lines, and multi-colored floret patterns of Ocean Jasper make this a gorgeous and exciting stone. Stalactites are formed at the roof of a cave and begin with one drop of mineral-rich water. When the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite. Each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another ring. Over time, these rings build to create a stunning column of minerals. Kambaba Jasper is one of the more exotic Jaspers, a rare orbicular variety from Madagascar and South Africa. In its depths one can literally glimpse the origins of life on our planet and touch a tangible form of the primordial ooze that nurtured our atmosphere and advanced the creation of all living things. A sedimentary stone, Kambaba Jasper is comprised of microcrystalline Quartz interlaced with Stromatolites, ancient fossilized colonies created by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and other primeval microorganisms. These Stromatolites date back more than three billion years and are the oldest known fossils, containing the earliest records of life on Earth. Orbicular Jasper is a variety of jasper which contains variably-colored orbs or spherical inclusions or zones. Jasper is a variety of chalcedony (the quartz family) and means “spotted or speckled stone”.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes. Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Order now before they are gone.

Jul
14

The next exciting batch of Antique Molds has finally arrived. These new designs are some of the coolest molds we offer.

25 New Antique MoldsAntique Molds are the perfect way to express your personality. Pick out the molds that are just right for you like: Hummingbird, Rain Kissed Leaf, Parrot Bay, Small Garden Bug and so many others. Use them for centerpieces, accents, components and texture; so many molds, so little time!

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.

Shop over 400 beautiful Antique Molds today to be the first to get these new and exciting designs.

Jul
9

The summer savings are heating up. We just reduced our Evenheat and Paragon kiln pricing and are extending the discounts to you!

You will not find a better deal out there. Checkout the deep discounts now available including our new Evenheat models like the powerful Copper and Studio Pro kilns.

New Reduced Kiln PricingThe Copper kiln is built entirely of firebrick to offer the metal clay artist the opportunity to explore materials in the higher temperature ranges. Many clays require temperatures up to 2200F and the Copper has the capability to get you there. The Copper is stock equipped with the easy to use Set-Pro control with preset metal clays programs as well as allowing for custom programming. The Studio 8 began the personal kiln concept and continues to offer its unique, lift-off design. The design allows the artist to completely separate the kiln lid and floor from the firing chamber. This characteristic alone defines this fun little kiln and allows artists to do some strange and wonderful things not available in any other design. The Studio Pro features our Dual Access Design. The Dual Access Design combines traditional front and top loading features into one, truly revolutionary kiln. The Studio Pro gives you all the advantages of both front and top access in a single, dual hinged design that’s smooth and precise. The Studio Pro offers more in performance and flexibility than any other kiln in its class.

Shop and save on all of our most popular models. Get your new kiln today at our new discounted pricing to kick off your summer creating. And remember, all kilns ship FREE!

Jul
2

Introducing our inspiring new selection of African Green Opal, Cripple Creek, Crazy Lace Jasper, Desert Jasper, and Wild Horse Magnesite featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Natural Gemstones

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes. Our African Green Opal stones display a unique, eye-catching mixture of earth tone jasper matrix embedded with green opal. African Green Opal is used to promote inner peace, love, and compassion.  This stone helps bring about emotional healing, simplicity, and clarity to the wearer. Cripple Creek Jasper comes from mines in the Owyhee Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Cripple Creek is a very hard jasper that takes a glossy polish. The natural scenes formed in the rock are reminiscent of the area in which it is found. Crazy Lace Jasper offers brilliant colors and intricate patterns of pink, red, white and cream. Our Crazy Lace Jasper are available in coordinated necklaces that are pre-drilled and are ready for embellishing. Desert Jasper features stunning patterns of yellows and browns. This stone resembles a desert scene and is often compared to the desert landscape. Wild Horse is a combination of magnesite and hematite and is mined in the Gila Wilderness area of Southern Arizona. The name is believed to be derived from the spotted brown pinto horse due to its resemblance. This gemstone is generally white with a brown to purple hue matrix running through the white magnesite. You will not find any two Wild Horse gemstones alike.

Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Order now before they are gone.

Jul
2

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

Tricia was excited and told us a little about herself:

Jewelry By Tricia BrunsI am so beyond thrilled that I won! I got the email in the middle of a conference and almost yelled out loud!!

I have been making jewelry for 11 years but have recently turned my hobby into income. I have had an Etsy store for 8 months and love the freedom I have.  I am a Louisiana work from home mom of 3 and I homeschool.

I make a lot of forged copper and stamped metal and also bullet jewelry. I have always wanted to try metal clays and decided to dive right in a few months ago.  I am still learning but have sold everything I have made so far.

-Tricia Bruns”

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

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

Jun
30

Congratulations to Lisa Sealy, the winner of the Cool Tools Review Contest for May. Lisa has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing the Tapered Square Jewelry Shape Template she purchased from us. Lisa gave our template a top 5-star rating and said, “Love the unique shape for jewelry. I used these templates to make a pendent and matching earrings out of copper clay. The template is a great alternative to squares.”

Lisa was excited about being the May winner:

Jewelry by Lisa Sealy“Wow! What a great way to start my week! Thank you so much for the gift certificate at Cool Tools. I can add to my ever growing supplies for metal clay jewelry designs.

Living in Anchorage, Alaska, I am always looking for new indoor hobbies to do during the long winters. I’ve done beading off and on for years. In recent years I’ve  taken up glass fusing for a creative outlet. I was introduced to metal clay in Tucson this past February. Being interested in various art forms and jewelry design, I was instantly hooked. I am continuing classes in metal clay, locally now. I may have to give up my day job, just to find enough time to keep up with new design ideas and methods.  I’ve worked with fine silver, sterling silver, and copper clays so far.  I learned about Cool Tools from an instructor. It has become a great resource for supplies and information.

Here is the jewelry set I made with the template I reviewed from Cool Tools, in ACS Copper clay.

Thanks again. I can’t wait to start shopping and creating.

Lisa Sealy”

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 Lisa!

Jun
18

Presenting our unique new selection of Mookaite, Turritella Agate, Crazy Horse and Ocean Jasper full of rare colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

All New Natural Gemstones

Mookaite is an Australian jasper that combines the lighter colors of yellow and red jasper. In Australia, Mookaite was, and still is, considered to be a healing stone that bestows strength. It is said to shield the wearer from difficult situations and to connect us to loved ones who have passed away. It is believed to bring us into the “here and now”, aiding with problem assessment and decision making. Turritella Agate is a variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is rich, earthy brown or black, and recognized by the sea creature and fossilized snail patterns within the stone, or in a thick coating around it. Turritella Agate is a spiritual crystal, and is believed to be deeply connected to the earth and home, to one’s personal roots and ancestry, even the events of one’s past. It is thought by some to be a survival stone, one of strength and protection. Ancient life held within its form lends the power of wisdom and healing. Crazy Horse Jaspers add a bit of whimsy and wonder to the mix, encouraging us to enjoy life, to seek beauty and humor, and to not take ourselves too seriously. Ocean Jasper, also called Orbicular Jasper, is unusual jasper found only at a remote location on the coast of Madagascar that can only be mined at low tide! The colors vary widely, including white, green, pink, red, black, blue. The wild polka dots, wavy lines, and multi colored floret patterns of Ocean Jasper make this a gorgeous and exciting stone.

These beautiful gemstones are all different and unique; find freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and calibrated shapes. Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Order now before they are gone.

Jun
16

Textured MetalsOur Textured Metal selection just keeps getting bigger and better. We just rolled out new textured metal designs available in brass, bronze, copper and silver.

These detailed textures are available in 18, 20, 22 and 24 gauge. Use these new textures for creating bracelets, pendants, earrings or other jewelry components.These new designs are approximately 2″ x 6″ and are the perfect size for just about anything.

The design potential continues to grow. 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.

Shop through our Textured Metal collection today featuring over 600 different products and continue to let your creative aspirations run wild.

 

Jun
16

Congratulations to Robert Rantz, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest for April. Robert has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing the Double-Sided Pendant Settings he purchased from us. Robert gave our Pendant Settings a top 5-star rating and said, “It was fun cutting the gemstones for the piece and the web site gave perfect size dimensions so cutting it was easy. Two sides, two gems, brilliant.”

Jewelry by Robert

Robert was excited about being the April winner:

“Hi, here is my first piece I made.

I hope in time I can make pieces as beautiful as I have seen on your site. I have had a few break because I think I made them a little thin, but am in a learning process. I do love the way you can create with it and hope I can send a picture in the near future of a piece that will come out to be as beautiful as some I’ve seen on your site.

I was so excited when I had learned that I was a winner for the April drawing and told my wife that now I have a chance to get more supplies to keep up with new jewelry making ideas. I think she was more excited than myself, hint hint, on a piece she wants me to make for her next.

Thank you so much Cool Tools for the gift.

Sincerely,

Robert J Rantz II”

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 Robert!

May
16

The next exciting batch of Antique Molds has finally arrived. These new designs are some of the coolest molds we offer.

23 New Antique MoldsAntique Molds are the perfect way to express your personality. Pick out the molds that are just right for you like: LeapFrog, Pete’s Dragon, Migrating Monarch, Garden Bug and so many others. Use them for centerpieces, accents, components and texture; so many molds, so little time!

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.

Shop over 400 beautiful Antique Molds today to be the first to get these new and exciting designs.