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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.

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.

 

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.

Apr
12

New Videos are now available in the Video Library!

Crimson Eclipse Pendant Project

Cool Tools Texture Tiles are perfect tools, for creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.  In this project, learn to make the Crimson Eclipse Pendant, using PMC3, a Texture Tile, and a few other tools and simple techniques.

Easily make a stunning fine silver pendant that incorporates sophisticated design without breaking your budget.

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Getting a Mirror Finish on Metal Clay

Finishing your jewelry creations to near perfection, helps set your work apart from all the rest. A mirror finish, offers a level a sophistication that is unmatched by other colorants and patinas.

In this tool demo, learn to get a mirror finish on metal clay, with a simple sanding stick and a set of polishing papers.

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Using Ring Forming Pliers

Forming ring shanks is an intricate and delicate technique. Traditionally, mandrels and hammers are used to form and shape your rings.

In this tool demo, learn to use the Ring Forming Pliers, to shape thick wire easily, and get the perfect form every time.

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Feb
22

Creating Cold Connections

Cold connection is a term that refers to the process of joining together two pieces of metal without the use of heat. A cold connection provides a beautiful, yet raw look, which can be used in several ways. Learn to create cold connections by joining copper sheet metal with a metal clay Antique Mold.

Making Custom Sanding Sticks

Finishing your jewelry creations properly, can make a huge difference in the final overall look and appeal of your piece. If you make a lot of jewelry, you know that sandpaper and sanding sticks are a must-have on your jewelry bench. In this tool demo, learn to make your own sanding sticks in just minutes, to save money and get the look and shine you desire.

Using Kiln Wash

Keeping your kiln shelf clean is important to ensure your creations fire properly. During the firing process, glass, enamels, glazes and other materials can stick to your ceramic shelf. Anything that sticks to the shelf would need to be ground away, leaving a gouge on an expensive shelf. Kiln Wash is an inexpensive and easy solution to maintaining your kiln furniture.

Nov
19

The holidays are a perfect time to bring your unique custom designs into your home. Saving money and creating one-of-a-kind pieces are great ways to celebrate the seasons.

Create multiple ornaments in several finishes. Mix and match designs and colors to customize your creations. Make ornaments from silver, bronze, and copper clays.

Using a Cool Tools Jewelry Artist Element sheet, and few simple techniques, we’ll show you how to create simple ornaments that can be used in many ways throughout your home.

Video Project: Creating Simple Ornaments

Oct
26

An incredible new assortment of Jewel Stamps is now here at Cool Tools. Find the design to express your creativity!

Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. The intricate patterns of Mehndi have been typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. Mehndi floral designs offer a mix of sophisticated eastern culture and beautiful nature.

Butterflies have been used in art for more than 4,000 years and were once believed to be the personification of a person’s soul; whether they are living, dying, or have passed away. The ancient Greek word for “butterfly” primarily means “soul” or “mind” and has long been associated with love.

Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, architecture and art. It is the intersection of technology and romance and offers a level of fashion and sophistication in your jewelry designs.

Watch our new Jewel Stamp video to learn how to double your design potential by making molds for embossed designs.

Shop our extensive selection of Jewel Stamps today to add elegance and romance to your next jewelry creation.

Oct
5

Working with Polymer Clay

Polymer clay provides a great opportunity to add color and distinction to your jewelry designs. Polymer opens up a new world of possibilities and is versatile, lightweight and beautiful. In this tool demo, you will learn special techniques for using this beautiful and vivid medium.

Adding Polymer Clay to Your Metal Clay Designs

Polymer Clay and Metal Clay offer endless possibilities when combined together. In this project you will learn tips and tricks while creating a silver pendant, from PMC3, with an oval Polymer Clay center. Get started by working with metal clay and creating the back bezel.

How to Use a Digital Caliper

A digital caliper provides fast and accurate measurements in millimeters and inches. This model has a 4 inch (100mm) capacity. Measure both outside and inside dimensions. Learn to use this must-have, inexpensive tool and start creating with precision and accuracy.

 

Apr
27

Our awesome new Huggy Bat and Huggy Chicken templates make the most adorable jewelry with hinged wings, and they are so easy to use!

1. Cut out wings, body and other parts.

2. Paste heart and other parts in place and dry.

3. Make a tube for hinges and dry.

4. Cut tube into equal pieces to make knuckles and drill pilot holes.

5. Paste knuckles in place, dry, fire and add hinge pin.

Start making unforgettable jewelry with these one-of-a-kind templates today.

Learn to make hinges with our new Huggy Chicken video project! It’s so easy to make jewelry with moevable parts.