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Archive for July, 2011

Jul
25

Congratulations to Katherine Steinbring, our final Facebook Contest winner!

“Wow! I really was totally excited and surprised when I found the e-mail on Thursday night.  I am a retired high school teacher (15 years teaching art and 17 years teaching English). Discovering metal clay really saved me after I retired, as I had no idea who I was beyond being a teacher. I’m not certified from any of the metal clay certification programs, because I can’t seem to get that much money together at one time. I have and do, however, take classes as often as I can afford them. I am lucky to have a site close to home, and I took classes just so I could fire for a while (I never knew about torch firing). I spent a week at Arrowmont in TN last year, too. MCWC was my first metal clay-related conference; I also took a polymer clay class there. As silver prices continue to skyrocket and fluctuate, I am glad to have found polymer to “play” with. I do belong to the Windy City PMC Guild. Cool Tools lets me indulge my love of tools and gadgets; I actually discovered Cool Tools through my first metal clay teacher. You are the best for quick shipping (I am sure it helps that I am not that far away from you).

Thanks again for choosing me as the lucky winner! It is always great to win something, and to win a Cool Tools gift certificate is awesome!”

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Facebook Contest. We will continue to offer great contests, promotions, and inspiration through our Facebook page! Keep an eye out for something new and just post on our wall anytime if you have any questions when making your creations!

Jul
22

Congratulations to Jo Ann Wadler – the forth Facebook Winner!

“Can’t believe that I won! I’m so very excited. It’s really awesome.

I’ve been teaching enameling and PMC at the Art league of Long Island for the last 4 years. I got involved in PMC because it was another medium to enamel on. That’s when I decided to get certified.  PMC is so versatile and easy for the beginner jeweler.  Many of my students get hooked on PMC after the first project when they find out how user friendly it is. A traditional jewelry class would take a lot longer to complete a ring, bracelet or a pair of earrings which can sometimes be frustrating but PMC lets you use the background knowledge of jewelry fabricating to help you create as well as cross over and use techniques you might have learned in metalsmithing.

I tell all my students to go to Cooltools for supplies. Not only do you have excellent customer service but your shipping is lighting fast. I’m inclosing some examples of my work. All of my PMC3, findings , stones were all purchased at Cooltools. Can’t thank you enough!”

On Monday we’ll announce the final winner! Stay tuned!

Jul
21

The 3rd Facebook winner has been selected and congratulations to Camilla Byrne!

“What a brilliant surprise, I never win anything!

Well, I am a mum to three amazing girls and I am relatively new to metal clay.  I spent heaps of time researching metal clay and found your site to be one of the very best resources on the web.  Your youtube clips have been invaluable.  I have a wishlist a mile long!  Mostly I would love to get myself a tumbler and some textures.

Thanks for a fantastic site and for making my day.”

 

Only two more winners left – stay posted to see who wins!

Jul
20

The second selection for the Facebook contest has been completed – Congratulations to Vickie Peach!

“Wow, what a great surprise! I am in my early 60′s, a native Texan who has also lived in Arizona and New Mexico thanks to my husband’s work and am now back home in Texas. Have always loved Southwest design in clothing, furniture and jewelry … a true Texas Woman.  

Started making great leather, lace & silk flower jewelry some with conchos in the early 1990′s, for fun and personal adornment but never sold a great deal, mostly at arts & crafts fairs & to friends & family. First tried my hand at beading in the Fall of 2009 when my younger sister showed me some jewelry she had made with glass & metal beads … just cute, fun things but something she enjoyed and found relaxing.

I decided to try my hand at it, only I was interested in making beautiful jewelry with all sorts of stone beads giving the pieces a Southwest flair. We were fortunate enough to meet and become friends with many American Indian artists in our travels and that added to my love of stone & Southwest designs. 

I took a basic 2 hr class from a local bead store here in Fort Worth, The Artful Bead, and was soon off and running with my own original designs. ” I have found my passion!” I am retired and have time to express my creativity and really enjoy the “spirit” of the stones. At this point I have made more than 100 pieces, many of them sets of necklace & earrings some with matching bracelets.

Thanks for the opportunity to become better acquainted with Cool Tools. This is wonderful & unexpected, I am delighted, thank you.”

Stay Tuned for winner #3 tomorrow!

Jul
19

The time has come to select and announce the winners of our Facebook Contest! As we stated, we’re giving 5 people $100 in Cool Tools gift certificates. We ran our contest from May through June and we’re ready to reward our customers!

We’ll post 5 winners for the Facebook contest “What do You Want” survey – starting today! Keep an eye out for 1 winner each day!

The first winner is Heather Lyman. Heather was very excited and told us about herself.

“I’m so excited to hear that I actually won the survey contest!!  I honestly never thought I’d be so lucky and honestly it couldn’t have come at a better time.  So, a little bit of info about me…let’s see. 

I’m 25 years old and I’ve been making jewelry for a little under 2 years now.  I’ve had some complicated knee problems that have left me laid up and out of work since 2009.  I am not the type to be okay with just sitting around or being unproductive so I decided to use what little savings I had to buy a whole bunch of jewelry supplies with the intention of starting my own business and have had some success.  I work a lot with wire and metal, but I’ve been exploring a lot of the mediums available.  My current interest is in metal and polymer clay which is actually what brought me to your website in the first place.  I love that you guys even offered this survey, and I would have done it regardless of the chance to win.  I think it’s a sign of great customer service that you all are so eager and willing to hear from your customers and work to make your site better.  Thank you so very much!!

I know I said this already, but I am so excited that I actually won!!  Keep up the great work!”

Thank you to all who entered our contest! Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s winner!

Jul
14

Congratulations to Sandra Ziolkowski, the winner of the June survey drawing!

Sandra has won a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate simply for answering six questions! Sandra was excited and shared some of her work with us!

“Thanks sooo much, I plan to take a good hard look at everything to see what I might spend the 100 dollars on. I truely love your cool tools!”

After every purchase you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey telling us how your experience was.

Your comments help us improve our site and your shopping experience.

A drawing happens every month so keep offering us your insight!

Jul
1