Monthly Archives: February 2012

FREE Jump Ring Genie With All Orders February 24 – 29!

This Leap Year, jump at the chance to start creating inspirational jewelry. All orders get a FREE Size 7 Jump Ring Genie to help you handle your jump rings with ease!

This must-have clever tool simply slips on your finger for a quick and effortless way to work with your jump rings. No minimum purchase amount required.

Use it to make something amazing with your extra Leap Day this February! Enter code “JUMP” in the coupon code box at checkout. Hurry – offer ends 2/29!

Check out Mardel’s Jump Ring Genie video to learn to use this handy tool every jewelry artist should have.

New Gem & Bead Tools

We just unpacked our new selection of handy Gem and Bead Tools that make adding any size stone to your jewelry designs a breeze.

Our new high-quality sieve is made for sorting rough or polished stones and comes with 23 plates. The hole sizes range from 000 to 20 to help you get organized. Our expanded selection of Bead & Stone scoops are most efficient when working with stones and can pick up beads of all sizes and pour into bottles, boxes or onto beading trays. Our Bead & Stone scoops are made of copper with heavy nickel plating. Our new Bead Handling Tweezers is the best to remove all sizes of beads from kits, bottles and trays without spilling or damaging them. The tweezers long design with half round jaws enables the user to go straight down and pick up the desired bead or stone. This design handles any shape or size without damage. Made of stainless steel with a nice light touch, you’ll get years of service from this exclusive design which can handle seed beads and beads up to 10mm in diameter.

Shop today and find out how easy it can be to add beauty and scintillation to your unique creations!

New Books Have Just Arrived!

Cool Tools is offering a fresh new batch of books for all kinds of jewelry making techniques. Learn in depth skills you won’t get anywhere else.

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers: A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments by Elizabeth Bone

Expert jeweler and silversmith Elizabeth Bone offers a comprehensive guide to techniques, surface treatments, and innovations specifically designed for jewelry makers working in silver. Unlike other silversmithing and jewelry-making guides, Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers caters exclusively to the needs and interests of silver jewelry artisans. You will learn basic skills and specialized techniques, including filigree, chasing, annealing, engraving, etching, casting, and more. With about twenty years of metal jewelry-making experience, Elizabeth bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary skills, offering the best of both worlds.

Each section highlights profiles of contemporary artisans, with galleries illustrating a range of beautifully crafted finished works. Plus the handy resource section details the need-to-know information for selling your jewelry.

Elizabeth Bone is an established jeweler who has been practicing for about twenty years, specializing in working with oxidized silver or gold-plated details. Elizabeth is a tutor at the London Jewelry School as well as visiting lecturer for other courses. Her work has been featured in a number of publications, including Marie Claire, New Directions in Jewelry, 500 Earrings, and The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets.

Flexibound, 192 pages


Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques by Karen Dougherty

Cold-connection techniques are pushing the envelope of what is possible in metal without the use of a torch or kiln. All the necessary tools and materials—a common drill, hammer, sandpaper, wire, metal sheet—are all readily available and affordable for almost any budget. Learn how to use rivets, screws, and other materials to combine elements without having to deal with heat. Master jewelry designers Robert Dancik, Connie Fox, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Tracey Stanley, and others offer signature pieces, constructed using cold-joins. Accompanying each project are expert tips and tricks for additional ideas and customization.

Metal Style is full of inspiration and techniques for jewelry makers looking to ignite a creative spark in their metal jewelry without lighting a flame.

With this book, you’ll get cold-connection techniques, tools, and materials along with twenty projects from top designers.
Softbound, 144 pages


Silver Threads by Jeanne Rhodes-Moen

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have made filigree: delicate jewelry, decorative objects, even furniture. The intricate curls and twists mislead people into thinking that filigree is difficult to make–but it’s much easier than it looks, with help from Silver Threads.

This book demystifies the process of creating filigree jewelry. First, basic silverworking techniques are paired with an overview of tools and materials. Then readers learn to make simple filigree shapes, used in 12 stunning projects ranging from simple pendants and earrings to more complex necklaces with gemstone settings.

Detailed instructions, illustrations, and full-color photos guide readers through the learning process–and into planning and creating their own unique filigree designs.

Softbound, 112 pages

The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos: The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations by Heidi Adnum

Better photography is the solution to selling more online.

Learn to shoot better photos with this guide, full of tips and advice written specifically with the crafter in mind. Crafters can have a unique and original product and still have a difficult time finding buyers amid the sea of handmade crafts online. Beautiful handmade items can be undermined by poor or uninspired images that fail to represent their detail and craftsmanship.

The Crafters’s Guide to Taking Great Photos teaches readers how to get quality, high-end results without needing professional equipment or a photo studio. Crafters will learn how to make their own lightbox, avoid camera shake without a tripod, use natural lighting, and properly capture the detail in their work. Sections on specific craft areas give readers advice on generating eye-catching images for their products.

In a challenging and competitive marketplace, better photography will boost crafters’ online sales, and The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos will help them achieve success. Heidi Adnum is a crafter and professional photographer who lives and works in London. She has two shops on Etsy: heidiadnum and hellodarlingvintage.  She also runs the photography and inspiration blog La La Blogita and authored a popular how-to photography tips series on Etsy.

Flexibound, 192 pages

Check out our complete selection of Books & DVDs here at Cool Tools and start learning the techniques you need to make remarkable jewelry creations.

Congratulations To January’s Random Review Winner!

Congratulations to Annie Band, our Random Review Winner for January! Annie reviewed a pack of Natural Rhodolite Garnet Gemstones she purchased from Cool Tools and was selected as this month’s winner.

Annie was excited and included her bio for us:

Terrific news, thanks for the email!

Here’s my brief bio:

Annie Band has been designing jewelry for most of her life. She lives in Wilson, Wyoming with her husband Jon, their nine-year-old son Perrin, dog, cat, salamander, fish, occasional bats & lots of roaming wildlife.  She is an eclectic mix of artist, teacher, wildlife biologist, poet, and conservationist. Annie draws from a diverse toolbox to create intensely personal pieces that connect with our human spirit.

Annie’s jewelry evolves from the inspiration of powerful symbols or totems, and the inscriptions on each carry a special message for the wearer.  Every piece is hand-sculpted with a spiritual attention to the symbol and message.

Everything is made in Annie’s Wilson studio.  In order to minimize all impacts, stones used are mostly recycled or lab-grown (instead of being mined).  Metals are chosen to minimize environmental impacts as well.  This is an important reflection of Annie’s ethics.

These designs feel lovely to touch, are beautiful to the eye, and powerfully inspirational to the wearer.”

After ever purchase, you get an email asking you to review the products you purchased. You can also go to the product page on our site and scroll down to the review section and click “Write a Review”.

Your thoughts help fellow jewelry artists understand the products better. Keep reviewing products and help us Congratulate Annie this month!

Feel the Love with FREE SHIPPING Feb 13 – 14!

This Valentine’s Day, we are giving you the best Valentine’s gift of all – FREE SHIPPING!

No minimum purchase amount required. Stock up on all the jewelry making supplies you have been wanting and treat yourself to the love-fest of savings.

Enter the code: “LOVE” in the coupon code box at checkout. Hurry, this great offer ends 2/14!

Free shipping applies to orders shipped to all 50 U.S. states and is sent via UPS Ground or USPS at our option. Code must be entered at checkout to qualify and placed within qualifying dates. Kilns excluded to HI & AK. Free Shipping ends 2/14/12 at 11:59pm CST.

New Pliers & Cutting Tools Have Arrived!

Brand new, ultra-high quality Pliers & Cutting Tools have just arrived here at Cool Tools. Stock up today!

You will find duck-billed, beaders, hole-punch & solder cutting pliers, plus a new line of ultra-affordable cutters & shears for every purpose.

Our Duck billed metalsmith pliers offer a great alternative when holding flat stock for finishing. With box joint construction, jaws are 1-1/4″ long and 5/8″ wide at the top. New Solder Cutting pliers work with both sheet and wire. Cuts sheet solder in 1/16″ squares or wire solder up to 18 gauge in 1/16″. The cut pieces are not flipped or launched when cut, so you will not lose your chips or pieces. Parallel Hole Punch Pliers give the user leverage and assurance that the pin goes straight through the hole every time for clean shearing action. This guarantees a clean hole without rough edges or burs in sheet stock up to 18 gauge. Our New Beaders Delight Pliers are an essential for bead stringers and wire wrappers because it is a multi-task tool. It offers a round nose for coiling wire, a flat jaw for flattening, straightening or bending at right angles, a groove for closing coils or jump rings and a side cutter. Made of stainless steel with a gentle coil return spring and cushion grip handles for comfort.

Find all these precision tools and more right here at Cool Tools!

Check out the new Cool Tips section on product pages packed with tips, tricks & great ideas for using these precision Pliers & Cutting Tools. Each Cool Tip has something unique to offer.

Cool Tips offers you insight on each tool before it’s in your hand!


January’s Survey Winner Is Here!

Congratulations to Charlotte Tyler, the winner of the January “How Are We Doing” survey contest! She has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for taking our survey.

Charlotte was very excited and told us a little about herself:

“It is exciting to find out I won something. Anything. I usually don’t win contests. So this is a BIG surprise.

I have been making jewelry for about 10 years, but until recently I only did beading with large stones and store bought findings. Then I discovered PMC and have been experimenting with it. I love your antique molds. Keep them coming! I’ve been selling what I make at the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market in Vermont from the end of May to mid October. I don’t yet have a website (I know, I know . . . It’s a must in this day and age) and that is one thing I am hoping to achieve before the start of the next season.

When I’m not making jewelry I am a contract worker at the Yellow Ribbon Program where I help organize events to help members of the Army National Guard and their families. I also am learning to read music and play the alto saxophone, which I picked up almost 2 years ago. It’s a lot of fun and has got me listening to more music. I got rid of my TV : there is so much to do and learn and TV is a life sucking hypno-box. I live with my 2 black-and-white cats, Patticakes and Alphalpha, respectively smart and dumb-dumb.

Thank you again for contacting me about the contest.”

After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey that lets us know about your experience. Your comments help us improve as a company and provide new products and services our customers want. A winner is selected every month so keep offering us your thoughts and help us congratulate Charlotte this month!

Find Your New Favorite Design – New Antique Molds

A whole new crop of gorgeous pure-silicone molds are here. Find your new favorite design in this latest batch! Pick through the new eye-popping molds featuring flowers, creatures, leaves and symbols. There is something for everyone!

Our antique molds are hand crafted from the original element so you get a perfect impression. A mold is a great way to own the beauty of these collectibles without the investment of the original, and the sizes are just right for jewelry components. We use 100% silicone mold material that does not stick to metal clay, or any other type of clay, so no release is needed. Use any type of precious metal clay, polymer or ceramic clays. The molds can be placed on a heat source to dry, and can even be placed in an oven or toaster oven. Our molds are safe to 500F.

Browse all 300 of our ultra-high quality Antique Molds today to find the one that fits you best. These exclusive molds are only available here at Cool Tools.

New Precision Shape & Design Tools

New Shape & Design Tools are here at Cool Tools to help you achieve the results you have always dreamed of.

Shop our new Swivel Blade Carvers, Double-Ended Scoop & Spatula Carvers, Swiss-Milled Bur Sets, Precision Pick Sets, Diamond Needle Files and so much more. The swivel blade wax carver is a handy tool for rounding edges, especially the inside of wax rings. The easy grip aluminum handle is made of anodized aluminum. The cutting blade smoothly swivels, making it easy to follow curved edges. Our stainless steel spatula carvers have knurled handles and come in a variety of shapes and styles for every use. Available in several different shapes to choose from and come in a handy fold-over pouch. our precision pick set originally was used as dental explorers. Picks are excellent for a variety of uses including scribing, position, probing, etc. All are fine stainless steel with knurled handles.

Browse all of our precision Shape & Design Tools today to take your jewelry projects to a whole new level.