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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.

Jul
24

Mix clay only as you need it! Introducing the Goldie Metal line of powder metal clays. Goldie Metal allows you to always have fresh clay with the perfect texture at all times.

New Goldie MetalsYou’ll find a variety of powders including, Goldie Bronze, Roman Bronze, Goldie de la Rosa Bronze, Snow Bronze, Goldie Copper and more, all at great prices.

Goldie Bronze is bronze of a beautiful golden color, very hard after firing, comes in two types of powder – soft and hard. Soft is very soft and is ideal for working with stamps and textures, and to capture fine details. Hard creates a somewhat stiffer clay to work with, and yields the maximum strength – it is ideal for bangles, ring bands, and decorative objects. Goldie Roman Bronze is bronze of a beautiful golden bronze color, resembling the colors used in times of the Roman Empire. Goldie de la Rosa Bronze is a bronze of a pinkish color, very hard after the firing. Goldie Snow Bronze is a white kind of bronze with a brilliant and unique sheen. Goldie Copper is a very pure copper clay. The powder contains 99.9% of pure dendrite copper. After firing and removing the patina created in the firing process, the metal is very light and has a beautiful color.

Shop the new line of Goldie Metals today to discover the exciting world of metal clay powders.

Jul
12

26 New Texture Tiles!Shop our unique new selection of flexible, washable and versatile Texture Tiles that will be perfect for your next jewelry design.

Texture is the best way to add detail to your creations. Don’t miss out on these new designs like Fairytale, Autumn Window, Storybook and many more.

Our exclusive Texture Tiles measure 2″ x 4″ and are deeply etched for a wide range of depths. Texture Tiles can be used with any soft clay: silver clay, bronze clay, polymer, earthen, porcelain, etc. Use Cool Slip as a release for the cleanest impressions when working with metal clays.

Check out over 200 deeply etched Texture Tile designs today to expand your texture collection.

Jul
8

Congratulations to Kathryn Richardson, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest. Kathryn has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing the Slik she purchased. Kathryn gave our Slik a top 5-Star rating.

Kathryn was excited and told us a little about herself:

Kathryn Richardson“Wow! I really won something?! Perhaps now I can start prowling the Cool Tools pages for new goodies.”

Kathryn Richardson is a jewelry designer currently based in the Kansas City area. She designs jewelry with the stone in mind, enhancing the natural beauty of gemstones and pearls instead of hiding them under a tangle of coils and seed beads. Her pieces are made with solid metals – sterling silver, fine silver, and copper – or with vermeil and gold-filled components. Her designs often incorporate handcrafted accents in wire or metal clay. To add more sparkle, she adds Swarovski crystals to white topaz and faceted rock crystal to make original holiday jewelry.

She is fascinated by “the metamorphosis that changes a plain stone into a dazzling gem then into a radiant piece of jewelry. It takes the right combination of color, form, metal, and design.” A life long artist, she is familiar with the magical potential of color and contrast. She also has a passion for colored stones (her father always checked her pockets before heading home from vacation). She only began designing jewelry 15 years ago, selling her pieces in several galleries in the Midwest. She also created pieces inspired by the collection in the Nelson-Atkins Museum that were available only in the gift shop.

She teaches classes in basic stringing and simple wirework (“I teach students to wrap natural gemstones so the inherent beauty of the stone comes through.”). She also holds stringing sessions for a local women’s group. Out of the studio, she is an avid photographer, inquisitive explorer, experienced gardener, and scuba diver.

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 Kathryn!

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.