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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.

Feb
13

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

Maureen was excited and told us a little about herself:

Jewery by Maureen NuceraI would like to let you know how excited I am to be the January winner of this generous Cool Tools Gift Certificate. Since I have been a customer of Cool Tools I have been extremely satisfied with the products and customer service I have received.

I began designing and casting gold jewelry 25 years ago when I worked for a jeweler in New Jersey. Over the past 5 years I have been spending my winters in Florida attending various art classes at the local art center including designing silver jewelry. This is where I was introduced to precious metal clay as a medium for jewelry. I have been impressed with the ease and Maureen Nuceraversatility that the clay allows me in my work.

My Sincere Appreciation and Thanks,

Maureen Nucera”

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 congratulate Maureen this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

Feb
11

Congratulations to Jena Hoffmeister, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest for January. Jena has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing her Golden Topaz Lab Gemstones. Jena gave our lab gems a top rating and said, “Great!  I used it in Fast Fire Bronze clay project…..It maintained beautiful color during Jena-Hoffmeistercharcoal submerged firing.”

Jena was excited about being the January winner:

“Thank You! This really is a wonderful surprise!

I started making and selling jewelry many years ago and have just recently gotten back into it. At the moment, I’m really loving Bronze Clay and the beautiful warm gold color of the finished pieces- I like to pair them with natural gemstones and leather.

I’m learning new things every day and I enjoy experimenting with and testing different products and techniques.

Thank you again!

Kind regards,

Jena”

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 Jena!

Jan
24

Bezel Cup Rings  |  Syringe Settings  |  How to Make Headpins

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Jan
13

Introducing our new freeform natural gemstone collection featuring vibrant Amethyst Stalagtites and brilliant Stabilized Turquoise.

New Stones!These unique freeform gemstones make perfect centerpieces for designing one of a kind jewelry. Get your hands on a stone no one else has.

Stalagtites 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. These amethyst stalagtite crystal slices are buds from columns of amethyst stalactite that took millions of years to develop deep within a cave of mother earth. They are polished on both sides and make a beautiful centerpiece, jewelry or meditation crystal.

Turquoise has been prized as a rare and valuable stone for thousands of years due to its unique hue. Turquoise was known in antiquity as “the truth stone”, symbolizing a time to be honest with yourself.

Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Try designing with these new stones while you still can.

Watch our new Prong Settings video to learn how to set these beautiful freeform gemstones.

Dec
20

Want more Jasper? You got it! Introducing all new Cripple Creek, Mushroom, Ocean, Owyhee, Royal Sahara, and Sonora Dendritic Jaspers featuring eye-popping colors and one-of-a-kind patterns.

These beautiful cabochons are available in unique shapes and will be the perfect centerpiece for pendants, bracelets, connectors and more.

6 New Types of Jasper!Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper comes from Mexico and is a relatively new stone that is mainly composed of feldspar, mica and quartz that was created by lava flowing over rock. Sonora Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper is often connected to change, progress and creativity. Royal Sahara Jasper comes from Africa and features beautiful swirling, earth-tone colors. Owyhee Jasper is mined from the Owyhee Mountain area in Idaho and Oregon. It is sometimes called Owyhee Picture Jasper because the patterns are reminiscent of landscapes. The patterns are created as this sedimentary material forms in layers of clay, compressing each layer and creating the colored patterns. Some of the dendritic patterns are also caused by fossilized algae trapped within the stone as it forms. Some believe Picture Jaspers aid in creativity and creative visualization; used as a grounding stone; facilitates harmony and balance. 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. 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. Although the Mushroom Jasper name has stuck, we now know it to be type of highly silicated Rhyolite (volcanic rock) with unusual circular formations that resemble mushrooms. Mushroom Jaspers are often seen with a brick red background that bears orbital patterns in a range of grays and browns. Mushroom Jaspers open are found as “thunder eggs” geode like rock balls that are plain looking on the outside, but contain gemstone on the inner layers. These freeform rocks can then be cut and shaped into lovely cabochons, since they are able to take a high polish.

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