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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

New in the Video Library

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!