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Apr
23

Introducing our inspiring new selection of Red Creek Jasper, Yellow Turquoise, Chinese Painting Jasper, and Sage Dendritic Agate featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

New Natural Gemstones

Red Creek Jasper is a member of the Chalcedony family, a form of microcrystalline quartz. Jasper usually refers to an opaque stone derived from the Greek word, “spotted stone”. Red Creek Jasper is a vein jasper recently discovered in Red River, China. It has amazing color washes of blues, greens, yellows, reds and even purples with a series of intersecting lines that form picture-like patterns. Yellow Turquoise is mostly a jasper or serpentine gemstone that is yellow with brown, green and red within. The black webbing that appears throughout this stone is hematite. Yellow turquoise helps communication, intuition and creativity, and brings wisdom. Chinese Painting Jasper is a beautiful natural gemstone features red and maroon spots over a grey background. Beautiful Amethyst Dendritic Sage Agate is named for its purple/gray color with lovely manganese dendrites, and is found in the Bilk Mountain range in Nevada. Dendrites are tree-like inclusions, and were named after the Greek word meaning tree-like.

These beautiful gemstones offer a unique and sophisticated look; discover freeform cabs, matched pairs, drilled pendants and coordinated necklaces. These gemstones will not last. Get these new stones now to see why Mother Nature does it best.

Apr
18

Introducing our new collection of Fretz products featuring beautiful hammers, unique forming stakes, and versatile bench anvils.

Fretz Hammers, Stakes, and Anvils

Fretz products are unlike any tool you have ever seen or held before. Only when you’re working with a Fretz product can you fully appreciate the quality, strength and versatility. These products help you form, shape and design sensational jewelry.

Fretz hammers are the best quality jeweler’s hammers and each one is specifically designed to make your designing easier. Each hammer features a head made of 420 stainless steel, and beautiful handles made from Padauk wood. These hammers are light weight, but strong, and very versatile. Cool Tools carries a variety of Fretz hammers, like your standard planishing, embossing and raising hammers for doming, smoothing and raising metals. We also carry a collection of specialty hammers including the Fretz Insert Hammer, Fretz Jeweler’s Sledge Hammer, and several Fretz Texturing Hammers. A quality jeweler’s hammer can help your projects come out just the way you want. Having a specialty hammer, perfect for the job at hand, can make your designing much easier.

Fretz miniature metalsmithing forming stakes are also made of hardened 420 stainless steel and feature highly polished surfaces. The miniature stakes are used to form bracelets, pendants, bezels or to form hollow back rings. They can be used to perform other metalsmithing tasks, but on a much smaller scale. These stakes are to be used with the Fretz H-1 stake holder (HOL-112). Easily mount the holder on your bench and swap out stakes quickly and easily.

Fretz bench anvils are perfect for bench jewelers. You can form or texture flat or curved jewelry and metal on the anvil. The wooden base dampens the noise and the rubber feet keep the anvil from slipping. These stunning anvils are also highly polished and made of 420 stainless steel and Padauk wood.

With a Fretz hammer, stake, or anvil, form not only meets function, it meets beauty as well.

Watch our 3 new Fretz videos to learn how to use these beautiful hammers, forming stakes, and bench anvils.

Apr
9

Introducing our astonishing new assortment of Royal Imperial Jasper, Boulder Opal, Laguna Lace Agate, and Blue Apatite featuring all new colors, patterns, shapes and cuts!

Blue Apatite is a beautiful and unique stone, usually green, but it can also be blue, yellow, reddish-brown, violet, yellow-green, colorless or multicolored. Although classified as a single mineral, it is actually three different minerals. Apatite is a stone that can stimulate thoughts and ideas. It is said to increase intellect, imagination, and intuitive awareness.  Apatite is found in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Myanmar, Russia, Spain, and the U.S.A. Laguna Lace Agate is onNew Natural Gemstonese of the most highly praised banded agate in the world. It is known for its extremely tight banding and vibrant shades of red and scarlet. Laguna Lace Agate is found in an area covering roughly four square miles in a remote mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Boulder Opal is one of the most valuable varieties of opal. Fine specimens of Boulder Opal are able to exhibit all of the spectral colors through its distinct play of color. Boulder Opal is found embedded into large boulders of ironstone, which is how it earned its name. Occurring as pebble rock, precious opal develops within thin veins, fissures and hollows. As opal minors attempt to remove the embedded opal from the ironstone, some of the host matrix is preserved during the process. For this reason, Boulder Opal is sometimes referred to as ‘Opal in matrix’. The ironstone matrix enhances the stones durability and vibrancy of color, often increasing the desirable colors and opalescence. Royal Imperial Jasper ranges in color from light greens and yellows to bright oranges and burgundies. The beautiful patterns and colors offer a unique look unlike any other stone. This gemstone supposedly helps to reduce insecurities and fears while providing protection.

These beautiful gemstones offer a unique and sophisticated look and will be the perfect centerpiece for your next jewelry project. Combine these stones with our huge selection of settings, earwires and bezel wire to make new jewelry pieces like no other.

Each image is the individual stone you will receive. Pick out the perfect one for you. Hurry, these gemstones will not last! Do not wait; get these new stones while you still can.

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
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.

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.

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
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!