Natural Gemstones are a sure way to bring sensational color, beauty and radiance to your unique jewelry designs. A natural gem offers a level a sophistication that no other stone can. Wonderfully shaped, polished and colored, these gems are perfect for creating fine jewelry. Discover the story behind the gem.
Lapis Lazuli is a bright blue metamorphic rock consisting largely of lazurite. Its name comes from the Persian word ‘Lazur’ meaning ‘blue stone’. Lapis Lazuli is an ancient gem, and as such, has a storied history. Egyptian cultures made a practice of burying a Lapis Lazuli scarab with their dead, and believed it to offer protection. The very earliest cultures valued Lapis Lazuli more highly than gold.
Lapis lazuli is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and truth. The blue stone is said to encourage harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her opinion openly.
Mustard Jasper is somewhat uncommon as it is currently mined only in Indonesia from the top of an active volcano, making it a special find! It often is black or gray on the outer layers progressing to a rich mustard yellow on its inner layers.
Mustard Jasper, when refined, features beautiful and bright yellow colors with bands of white and silver. Mustard Jasper, like all Jaspers, is a supportive stone that has grounding and balancing energy, which helps one to maintain a realistic attitude during any personal evolution. 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.
All Tiger Eye crystals are stones of protection and were traditionally carried to protect against curses and ill wishes. Tiger Eye is said to promote a positive attitude and to increase feelings of self-worth. It is believed to help you to discover, and have confidence in, your own abilities, helping to enhance your personal power and self-confidence. Tiger Eye is also said to bring good luck and prosperity.
Red Tiger Eye, as seen here, features brilliant deep red hues along with stunning patterns. Red Tiger Eye is a stimulating stone that is said to increase motivation and to help overcome lethargy.
Cool Tools also carries Yellow Tiger Eye, a golden-brown stone with a silky luster, as well as Blue Tiger Eye, a very calming crystal that it is said to release stress to soothe anxiety and to help cool a quick temper. Tiger Eye is most commonly found in South Africa and East Asia.
Spiny Oyster Shell, scientifically called Spondylus, has been used in Native American jewelry for centuries.
Spondylus is Latin, for spines on its back, which says it all. The shells, which are covered with intimidating spines, come in an array of bright colors ranging from purple to orange, red and yellow. Spiny oyster shells were carved and traded far and wide from as early as 10,000 years ago.
Spiny oyster shells are found in the Gulf of California, the Pacific coast, and to the south in the warm waters of South America. It is very difficult to harvest and polish and is much sought after by collectors.
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Congratulations to Alice Roberts, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest. Alice has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing the Cool Tools Antique Mold: ‘Star of India’ she purchased. Alice gave the Antique Mold a top 5-Star rating and said ” The design is very beautiful and will add great detail to any jewelry project”.
Alice was excited and told us a little about herself:
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 Alice!
Anyone you ask who has used these Steel-Backed Photopolymer Plates will tell you they are the best! Steel-Backed Plates come in 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4 sheets and can be cut and customized to fit most any project. Plates can be scored or marked on the back with permanent marker and cut with metal shears. Get the exact size you need.
Steel-Backed Photopolymer Plates offer more support and stability than liquid packs. These plates make it easy to get the textured plate you have always wanted. Steel-Backed Photopolymer Plates are used with the same negative papers as liquid photopolymer, and can be used with photopolymer frames or an acrylic worksurface.
How to use Steel-Back Photopolymer Plates:
Mark and cut down your Photopolymer plate to your desired size. Remove the protective plastic UV covering on the plate before proceeding. Place your photo-negative transparency ink side down on top of your photopolymer plate and place between the frame back and acrylic top.
Exposure time for Steel-Backed Photopolymer Plates can vary depending on depth, design and details. For higher contrast black& white photo-negative designs, expose the plate for 15 minutes to your UV light. For a more detailed or grey-scale, more exposure (2-3 hours) may be required.
Washing Steel-Backed Photopolymer Plates:
After exposure is complete, use a sink or dishpan to wash your design. Using water and a soft brush hold the plate under the water and brush your design. The unexposed polymers will wash away. Continue to brush your design until the plate feels clean and the metal is exposed. Let your plate dry.
Congratulations to Donna Muse, the winner of the February Cool Tools Survey Contest. Donna has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.
Donna was excited and told us a little about herself:
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey. Your thoughts help us improve as a company and better understand your needs. Each month, we select a winner and the next one could be you! Help us congratulation Donna and keep offering us your thoughts!
Choose from our wonderful new selection of Natural Gemstones here at Cool Tools.
Wonderfully shaped, polished and colored, these gems are perfect for creating fine jewelry.
Our new selection of stones features an array of calibrated shapes and sizes that includes Lapis Lazuli, Red and Blue Tiger Eye, new inlay gems and much more.
Adding a Natural Gemstone to your next jewelry project is a sure way to bring sensational color, beauty and radiance to your unique design.
Our extensive Patterned Wire & Strip selection just got bigger! Find your next bold and beautiful brass design.
These stunning patterned brass designs provide an artist with a wide array of possibilities and can be used in so many ways. Check out our huge range of patterns, gauges and styles.
Brass can be colored using oxidizing agents, heat, colored pencils, paints, inks, resins, Gilders Paste and other products. Before applying any of these surface treatments, be sure the metal is clean.
Shop our new selection of Brass Patterned Wire & Strip today to add brilliant detail to your jewelry projects.
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A huge new selection of chain, cord and stringing materials has just arrived that will bring your jewelry projects together.
Check out our new Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper, and Leather designs available by the foot or in pre-cut lengths. There is something to match any piece!
Our new and gorgeous Brass Chain is genuine vintage old-stock chain, so it has the authentic patina that is impossible to fake. Our Copper Chain works wonderfully for pendants, bracelets, necklaces and so much more. Make a bold statement with the unique and intricate designs of Copper Chain. Display your creations in a second with a beautiful and high quality Sterling Silver finished chain!
Shop our extensive selection of chain, wire and stringing materials today to help complete your unique creations.
Cold connection is a term that refers to the process of joining together two pieces of metal without the use of heat. A cold connection provides a beautiful, yet raw look, which can be used in several ways. Learn to create cold connections by joining copper sheet metal with a metal clay Antique Mold.
Finishing your jewelry creations properly, can make a huge difference in the final overall look and appeal of your piece. If you make a lot of jewelry, you know that sandpaper and sanding sticks are a must-have on your jewelry bench. In this tool demo, learn to make your own sanding sticks in just minutes, to save money and get the look and shine you desire.
Keeping your kiln shelf clean is important to ensure your creations fire properly. During the firing process, glass, enamels, glazes and other materials can stick to your ceramic shelf. Anything that sticks to the shelf would need to be ground away, leaving a gouge on an expensive shelf. Kiln Wash is an inexpensive and easy solution to maintaining your kiln furniture.