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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.

Dec
6

North Star Pendant VideoNorth Star Pendant

Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece.

In this project video, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.

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Syringe Pendant VideoSyringe Pendant

Syringe can be used for many things when designing with metal clay. The syringe is the perfect tool for creating ornate and delicate jewelry.

In this project video, learn to make a 3-layer PMC Syringe pendant with a few simple tips and techniques.

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Brass and Copper Ornaments

Disc Cutter OrnamentsSome of the best holiday gifts you can give are handmade and come from the heart. Saving money where you can is often crucial this time of there year.

In this project video, learn to use a disc cutter, to make beautiful and inexpensive holiday ornaments.

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Watch all of our jewelry making videos in our Video Library today for some inspiration and cool tips and techniques!

Nov
20

Introducing our new collection of Wubbers Pliers featuring 28 different pliers specifically designed for making jewelry.

Available in several shapes and sizes, Wubbers are stainless steel and hand finished to open up a world of possibilities for creating.

Wubbers PliersThere are a few groups of Wubbers. Cool Tools carries the Baby line of pliers, which are smaller, perfect for travel, or even easier to handle for people with small hands. The baby series feature a chain nose, flat nose, round nose, and bent nose pliers.  The Baby pliers making it really easy to handle any-size jump rings and projects.

The classic series are a little larger. The handles fit comfortably in your hand, and come with a few different sizes of flat nose pliers, a set of round nose, and bent nose pliers. The different sizes really allow you to pick and choose which pliers you need. No matter what project you’re working on, you’ll be sure to find the size pliers you need to get the job done.

The designer series features round, oval, triangle and square mandrel pliers. These jaws are not tapered, so the design capabilities are endless. The handles are longer, which offers just the right amount of leverage, while staying comfortable in your hand. Unlike traditional mandrels, these pliers allow you grip your wire while wrapping.

Shop through our huge selection of Wubbers Pliers today to discover the wonderful world of Wubbers. Watch our new Wubbers video to learn to use the Baby, Classic and Designer series pliers.

Nov
12

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

Johna-ComptonJohna was excited and told us a little about herself:

“Wow!  Thank you!!!  I’m excited to be October’s winner.   I will definitely be using the gift certificate for buying PMC products.

Most of my jewelry making to date has been working with PMC; however I am expanding into some lapidary projects to incorporate into my PMC jewelry.  I’m a beginner with PMC but have found it very easy to work with even with little training other than videos and books.

Jewelry making is one of my retirement hobbies.   I enjoy making jewelry for family, friends and myself.

Thank you again for selecting me as the October winner.

Johna Compton”

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 Johna this month and keep offering us your thoughts!

Nov
11

Nickel RodIntroducing our new low-cost Nickel Alloy Rod collection perfect for creating all sorts of exceptional jewelry.

Available in a variety of lengths and gauges, rod can be annealed, cut, formed, soldered, textured and patinaed. Nickel offers the same look as silver at a fraction of the cost.

Brass, Bronze, Copper and Nickel Rod is an exciting material for creating a variety of jewelry pieces. Lower gauge wire that is thick enough to make a bold statement is sometimes difficult to find.

The Brass, Bronze, Copper and Nickel rod can be cut easily with a jewelers saw. Our miter cutting vise makes it even easier to make a flush cut and to file.

Shop our entire rod collection including all the new Brass, Bronze, Copper and Nickel today and start designing with this exciting material.

Watch our metal rod and annealing videos to get to know our collection of metal rod!

Nov
7

We sent another batch of Patterned Wire to Jan Harrell for some enameling classes she was teaching. We got back a mountain of photos! Her and her students were able to incorporate a bunch of the wire into their enameling projects!

“With a dwindling amount of pure copper products being manufactured, our class of enamelists was excited to see that Cool Tools was selling a wonderful variety of stampings. Each student selected a piece to incorporated into an enameled piece of their choosing. Some of the metal was left uncovered, some given a patina and some was enameled over.

- Jan”

Each of these creations is a perfect example of thinking “outside the box” with this unique wire. Enamels and Patterned Wire work perfectly together, and open up a world of exciting design possibilities. Try out our Enamels and Patterned Wire today to make your own unique creations. Enjoy!

Ana-Lehrhaupt-Arango Belinda-Brockman Bridget-Wall Catherine-Edmonds-Coffman Debbie-Leh-Pargac Hege-Nolop Illa-Mehdinejad-3 Iris-Cool Kerry-Middaugh Liz-Bunn Lynda-Stoy-1 Lynda-Stoy-2 Lynda-Stoy-3 Marsha-Greene Marsha-Greene-2 Marsha-Greene-3 Mary-Ellis Michelle-Hall Missy-Bendiksen Nitza-Maor Patty-Scott Sally-Hintz Terri-Fromm Tish-Reed Tish-Reed-2 Vicky-Donnenberg William-Luft-2 william-Luft-3

Oct
7

Congratulations to Nancy Sanders, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest. Nancy has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing Triangle Bench Trays. Nancy gave our bench trays a top 5-Star rating and said, “I love these trays to separate sizes or colors of CZs, embeddables, or other small items. Shape is also great for pouring into other containers”.

Nancy-SandersNancy was excited about being the July winner:

“I was thrilled to learn that I was the July winner of the Cool Tools Review Contest! I love to order from Cool Tools, as they have great selections, prices, and service.

I’ve been taking PMC classes for about 1 1/2 years, and enjoy tremendously learning and exploring with it. Our PMC class is made up of incredibly friendly and talented women of all levels, from an artist new to PMC to our very knowledgeable teacher. I thought it would be fun to share the prize with everyone in the class, so all of us could celebrate together and enjoy something new. Thank you for this opportunity, Cool Tools!

I’m also learning to make dichroic glass jewelry, and I would like to combine these two mediums. I’ve never considered myself artistic before, so this is a whole new world for me, and I love it!

Nancy Sanders”

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 Nancy!

Oct
4

Cool Tools T-ShirtIntroducing the stylish new Cool Tools T-Shirt perfect for any occasion like working in the studio, going to a class, or just lounging around! Get one FREE with your order today.

These 100% cotton unisex t-shirts are pre-shrunk and feature a soft and comfortable fit. Available in purple with sizes ranging from Small to XXLarge, you’ll find the perfect shirt for yourself, or get one for a friend.

In the coupon code box during checkout, pick your size by using codes: “SMALL”, “MEDIUM”, “LARGE”, “XLARGE”, or “XXLARGE“.

Order now before it is too late! Offer ends Sunday!

All orders qualify for a free T-Shirt. Limit 1 per customer. Order must be placed within promotional dates. Offer not valid with any other promotion and is not retroactive. Offer ends 10/6/13 at 11:59 pm CST.

Sep
30

VintajVintaj has arrived! Add exciting color to your creations with new Vintaj Patina and Glaze.

Vintaj Patinas are permanent and opaque inks specifically designed for metals. Available in 25 Colors and 9 assorted color packs, Vintaj allows you to mix and match your favorites to define your designs.

Vintaj adheres to all metal and creates beautiful, durable patina effects. Create your own color schemes by using different patinas.

Shop the huge selection of Vintaj Patina and Glaze today to make your jewelry creations stand out from all the rest.

Watch our new Vintaj tool demo and learn how to add beautiful and permanent color to metal!