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Jan
25

How To Highlight - Miniature book

How To Highlight – Miniature book

Miniature books and lockets can make the most beautiful and intricate jewelry. Adding your own personal touch to the pages in your book can really personalize your designs. In this project, learn to make a spiral book pendant, and see how this advanced technique can set your jewelry designs apart from all the rest.

Check it out here: http://ow.ly/XvcIQ

Jan
20

New Gemstones

More New Natural Gemstones are here!

This release includes Spider web Jasper, Butterfly Agate, Pink Tourmaline, Cripple Creek, Red Zebra and Carrasite and Spider web Jasper. Choose from earring sets, freeform, drilled pendants and more! Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Pick the perfect gem for your next project! SHOP NOW! http://ow.ly/XhINb

Jan
13

beautiful cubic zirconia

New Larger Sizes! Hundreds of Cubic Zirconias!

We have expanded our collection of beautiful cubic zirconia to include larger sizes. Whether you are working in metal clay or using traditional fabrication or casting methods, we have what you need. Featuring Pears up to 15mm x 18mm, Round 10mm – 16mm and Triangle up to 14mm’s. These stunning gemstones will make any creation sparkle. The possibilities are endless!

Shop now to be the first to get these beautiful treasures!

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Dec
30

New-Metal-Clay-Molds

More Antique Molds… 20 New Beautiful Designs!

Add more new designs to your collection!
Choose patterns like: Checkered Past, Nice Nouveau, Starlight Palm and Royal Garden. Use them for centerpieces, accents, components or texture.
We have over 600 beautiful Antique Molds to choose from. Shop today! http://ow.ly/Wqu9Z

Dec
23

CoolTools-New-Gem-Stones

Larimar, Pietersite, Blue Tiger Eye…New Gemstones! This release includes beautiful Larimar, Labradorite, Apatite, Pietersite, Blue Tiger Eye and Tiger Eye with Hematite. Choose from earring sets, freeform cabs and drilled pendants! Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Pick the perfect gem for your next project!

SHOP NOW! http://www.cooltools.us/New-Gemstones-s/1651.htm

Dec
9

 

Lisel Crowley

Lisel Crowley

 

Cool Tools was delighted to host Connecticut Metal Clay Artist and Instructor, Lisel Crowley recently. While here in the midwest, Lisel took the time to visit the Cool Tools Studio to film several new videos for our video library. The first video, already released, features Lisel creating one of a kind textures using Scratch Foam and Xiem stylus tools. We will soon release two additional videos that showcase Lisel’s talents and artistic style; Her Embrace Setting video that marries a dichroic glass gemstone with her own unique take on a metal clay setting, and her Art Nouveau pendant, which showcases her artistic style and a cool new template, designed to easily create a metal clay bezel for a cz, glass cabochon or other fireable stone.

We first met Lisel in August of this year when she hosted the 2nd Metal Clay Mojo Conference in Chester Connecticut. Lisel brought together a wonderful group of artists and talented instructors from the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and beyond. In addition to being the creator and organizer of the Metal Clay Mojo Conference, Lisel is also the founder and director of the Metal clay Artisan Guild in Connecticut. Building community and furthering artistic excellence in metal clay is a passion for Lisel, who strives to provide continued support and mentoring for her students and fellow metal clay artists.

A self described “creativity addict,” Lisel also likes to work with fused glass, alcohol ink painting and silk dyeing. She loves engaging in the creativity process and is constantly trying new media, techniques and styles. Her work has been featured in The Crafts Report (now Handmade Business), Art Jewelry Magazine and Easy Metal Clay. For a complete listing of Lisel’s upcoming classes and workshops, check out her website at liselcrowley.com.

 

Watch Lisel’s Scratch Foam Project

Check out the photos below that show the different stages of the Scratch Foam Project

Pendant in green-ware state - unfired

Pendant in green-ware state – unfired

Finished Pendant ready to wear

Finished Pendant ready to wear

Finished Pendant and Scratch Foam with Design

Finished Pendand and Scratch Foam with Design

Aug
14

Terri McCarthy is truly an inspiration!  She transformed her studio in the historic Grafton Mill in Grafton, WI and it includes an open studio classroom.  I have had the pleasure of taking classes from Terri.  Adults who have an interest in fabricating jewelry or small metal objects are welcome in her studio, for individual or group instruction.  Terri is a well respected and accomplished metalsmith in her own right as well as a talented instructor.  Her teaching style is laid back, she has a great sense of humor and gives each student the time and mentoring needed when questions arise.

Her studio is beautiful and well stocked with every metalsmithing tool you can imagine.  She routinely brings in well known artists and instructors for weekend classes. Terri offers ongoing workshops in casting, enameling, fold forming and etching, in addition to her regularly scheduled classes.  If you ever get the chance to take a class from Terri or one her invited metalsmithing guests, you’ll learn a lot and have fun too!  Terri’s website

One of the classes I took focused on etching metal.  This was a first for me.  The process was interesting and fun! Now I have some great raw material and ideas for pendants and earrings.  I used bronze and copper in this class.

Here are a few photos of some of the etched pieces I created.

Etched Copper

Etched Copper

Etched Bronze

Etched Bronze

Etched Bronze & Copper

Etched Bronze & Copper

 

Here are a few photos of Terri’s work.

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Enameled Pendant by Terri McCarthy

Pendant by Teri McCarthy

Pendant by Terri McCarthy

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Enameled Brooch by Terri McCarthy

 

I used the E-3 Etch Kit by Sherri Haab. Cool Tools also carries Silver, Copper, Bronze and Brass Sheet, the perfect blank canvas for etching!  Etching metal is an interesting technique that cannot be duplicated in any other fashion. It is achieved by protecting certain areas and leaving the rest open to the action of the acid. The greatest master of this technique was certainly Rembrandt (1606 – 1669).  He produced over 300 etchings in his lifetime.

Apr
16

Jump Rings Made Easy

New in the Video LibraryWhen making jewelry, it’s always a good idea to have jump rings at the ready.  Having a tool to easily manufacture your own can not only save you time, but save you money. In this tool demo, learn to make any size jump rings with the easy-to-use jump ring kit.

Using a Micro Engraver

Custom designs engraved into metal produces some of the most unique and personalized pieces. Having a tool to quickly design, mark, or sign your pieces, can be quite helpful. In this tool demo, learn to use the new micro engraver to add your own personal touch to your next project.

Leaf Textures in Metal Clay

If you’re looking for a beautiful natural texture, nothing can beat designing with a leaf. Organic objects often make the most unique and stunning patterns. In this technique video, learn to use a leaf to make beautiful, textured jewelry.

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

Aug
20

We sent some Patterned Wire we had sitting around the studio to our friend Terri McCarthy at Terri McCarthy Studios in Grafton, WI. Jan Harrell, an excellent enameling artist and metalsmith, was teaching an enameling class. Jan’s work is an exploration of textures and shapes, enamel and metal finishes, shiny and dull surfaces, as well as solid and see-through forms. Her and her students were able to incorporate some of the wire into their enameling projects!

The first two pieces were designed by Scott Boyd, a student in Jan’s class. Scott was able to use our 20 gauge “Maze” Copper Patterned Wire in the first piece. This piece works great with the wire, and has just the right amount of detail. His second piece features the “Leaves” Copper Wire. This piece is simple and refined and shows how versatile the Copper Wire can be.

The bottom two pieces were created by Jan. The piece on the left uses a Copper Bezel Wire in a unique way! She even was able to add a little color in the circles of the wire for a little something extra. The last piece uses our “Round Stud” Copper Wire. Not only was she able to incorporate the wire in her piece, but she even added texture using the wire to tie it all together.

These are four great examples 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.

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 2

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 1

Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -2Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -1