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Archive for May, 2011

May
12

Dawanna has won a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate! She was excited and told us a little about herself and her work:

“Thank you SO very much!!! I never win anything!  :)

I’d love to receive the gift certificate, which I’ll use to purchase art clay silver or bronzclay.

I create medallions, pendants and charms in silver and bronze clay, which are used as the centerpieces of my jewelry designs. Each medallion is my own design and features favorite poetry, literature verses, quotes and words of happiness written by hand. 

Here are a few photos of my work.”

After every purchase you are asked to take a survey where you can tell us how your service was and how we can improve. Every month we select one person at random and offer them their choice of metal clay or a Cool Tools Gift Certificate! Dawanna won this month but the next winner could be you!

Your comments help us improve and give you what you want.

Help us congratulate Dawanna Young, April’s Survey Winner!

May
10

We have special offers, contests, surveys and more only available on Facebook. “Like Us” and get in on it! We also answer questions you have about your jewelry and our products! Share photos of your best work for everyone to enjoy! Join the community and click “Like” at the top of our Facebook page! Then take our survey available on our wall and in the Discussions Tab!

This months Facebook special feature: You Ask. We Listen. You Win. What Do You Want? 

The You Ask. We Listen. You Win. What Do You Want? survey is full of open ended questions that allow us to better understand your needs. We will give 5 of you who take the survey and offer us your thoughts a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate! The only thing we ask is for you to be specific on all questions that apply to you! WE READ EVERY COMMENT and your insight helps us give you what you want! The more specific you are the better we can understand you!

The drawing will take place in June! Hurry and get your opinions in! The survey is featured right on our wall.

When you “Like Us” on Facebook all sorts of contests, surveys, specials, and chances to win are available to you!

Like Us” today!

May
5

Congratulations to Julie Black, the Winner of the Random Review Contest for April! Julie has chosen a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate as her prize!

Metalsmith, glass artist and certified PMC instructor Julie Black has been at her craft for the past 30 years.

Julie reviewed one of our Cool Tools brand products, Slik. Jule was one of 200 reviews and was selected in a drawing of all April reviews!

She was really excited and told us about herself!

“Woo  Hoo!!  Thanks Cool Tools-You’re the best!!!!

I would love to use my gift certificate toward PMC3.

Precious metal clay is the perfect medium to highlight my fused glass dichroic cabochons. From the start I have shopped at Cool Tools for my PMC3 and my metal clay tools.  Mardel Rein has always answered my questions and helped me solve many problems in a timely fashion.

I appreciate their wonderful products and their great customer service. Here is one of pieces which was donated to a breast cancer awareness fund raiser in Palm Desert, CA one month ago.  This one is in PMC3”

After every purchase you are asked to review our products and offer your insight on how you like them. Your reviews help other artist better understand the products they buy. Review is Easy! Simply go to the product page of the item you purchased and click “Write A Review” located below the product photo.

A winner is selected every month! Winners get their choice of a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate or $100 in Metal Clay. The more products you review the more entries you get into the drawing!

Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Julie Black, the April Random Review winner!

May
3

Introducing the metal clay art of Christi Anderson. Christi is the newest artist to be added to the Cool Tools Gallery.

Christi is a self-taught metal clay artist who has won numerous awards for her work. Her pieces are impossibly intricate and mostly hand carved from very thin sheets of metal clay.

One night during the 2009 Bead & Button Show, a group of metal clay artists met for dinner, including me (Mardel Rein), Holly Gage, Gordon Uyehara, Bill and Lacey Ann Struve and others. Christi had just won the Bead Dreams first place award and one of her magical pieces was being passed around. We were trying to decide if she had really carved the piece or not! It was so intricate and so detailed that we just could not believe what we were seeing. We thought it had to be a mold.

Christi is in a league of her own when it comes to creating in metal clay. Come by and see for yourself what a true artist can do with this material. We are honored to display Christi’s work. Be sure and visit her Etsy site and purchase a treasure of your own.

The pictures shown here are from my own private collection. The top piece is a beautiful book that opens and has several pages, all with inscriptions and images. The bottom piece flips open to reveal a birds nest with eggs. See her amazing detail by clicking on the images to view a larger size. Then, visit the her gallery for a feast of metal clay artistry.

-Mardel

View Christi’s Gallery Here