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Archive for May, 2012

May
25

This Memorial Day weekend, get FREE SHIPPING on all online orders store-wide!

No Minimum purchase amount required. All international customers get $5 off their shipping costs.

Enter the code: “MEMORIAL” in the coupon code box during checkout. Order today – free shipping ends 5/28.

Free shipping applies to online retail 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 online within qualifying dates. Kilns excluded to HI & AK.

Free Shipping ends 5/28/12 at 11:59pm CST.

 

May
23

Congratulations to Deborah Brooks, the winner of the Cool Tools Survey Contest for April! Deborah has won a $100 gift certificate for taking the time to fill out our survey.

She was excited and told us a little about herself:

“I began my jewelry making experiences 30 years ago using antique silverware and selling my products wholesale and in the last 4 years on Etsy.

When PMC was introduced to the market, I couldn’t wait to try it, as it offered the opportunity for unlimited creativity.  I started my journey with PMC 9 years ago and fell in love with it and have been working with it ever since.  I have incorporated antique buttons, glass, semi & precious stones plus many other materials with the PMC.  I am enjoying recycling jewelry and watch parts to create renewable wearable jewelry.

For the last 23 plus years I have been an instructor with the Great Plains Creative Arts Association. Every April, in Cozad Nebraska, for their 4 day arts camp, I teach the art of working with Metal Clay.  My new tools will expand my ability to create and teach.

I often visit Cool Tools and I have already been drooling over the new antique molds.

Some of the items I love are the Slik conditioner and release, Silver Prep, the AlphaDisc along with the Patina Gel makes working with the clay so much easier.

I thoroughly enjoy being asked to design special items for my customers which challenges my imagination and skill.  I have just received my first, of hopefully many more certifications in working with PMC.

I am so excited and greatly appreciate the Gift Certificate for the new tools, which gives me the opportunity to expand my skill and creative ability.  I can’t wait to try and narrow down which of all the Cool Tools to pick,  which will help me have lots of fun playing while teaching and creating.”

After every purchase at Cool Tools, you receive an email asking you to take a survey to tell us about your shopping experience. Your comments help us understand how we can improve and expand for you. A winner is selected every month. Keep offering us your thoughts and help us congratulate Deb this month!

May
21

Start brightening up your creations with our new selection of Epoxy Clay Resins & Crystal Chatons.

We offer 29 colors of self-hardening, two-part clay resins that you can sculpt, mold and add to several jewelry pieces. New pointed-back crystal Chatons come in a variety of shapes, sizes & brilliant colors for embedding and embellishing.

Get your Clay Resins & Crystal Chatons today and bring vivid colors to your next jewelry design.

May
18

Check out our expanded selection of cubic zirconia and glass cabochons in a rainbow of colors. You will find round and oval stones in cabochon, buff-top and checkerboard cuts and extra-large sizes.

All of our new cabs work great with our fancy pendant settings, and all CZs can be fired in place in metal clay.

The flat backs mean you can use these stones to add bling to rings and pendants without the pointy culet getting in the way.

Shop our new cubic zirconia and glass cab collection today for a little more sparkle in your jewelry life.

May
15

Congratulations to Beth Ward, the winner of our April Random Review Contest. Beth has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for reviewing a set of SuperFlex polishers. Beth said “Love them! I tried these at a friend’s house, and knew I needed the whole set. They save so much time and give such a professional result!”

Beth was excited and told us a little about herself:

“I make jewelry of just about every type.  I’m learning to make glass beads, because I couldn’t find what I was looking for to go with my PMC focals. I’ve been selling my jewelry for the past few years, ever since my husband informed me I wouldn’t live long enough to wear all the things I’d made. Glass and PMC3 are my passion.

I found your company the same week I took my first metal clay class.  I’ve never taken another one, mainly because there is so much to learn on the Cool Tools site there was no need.  I find it a joy to write the reviews, because I love this company.  Everything I’ve ever ordered was above and beyond my expectations.

I don’t know how to tell you how excited I am about winning!  I’m not even sure how to spend it, other than I’m most excited because I get to spend time on your website shopping!  I love this site, and recommend it to everyone I meet who uses metal clay.  I always think there is nothing that could be done to improve my shopping experiences with you, and then I go back on and it’s all better than ever before!  Mardel does such a great job with the instructions, and the products have made my life so much easier.

Thanks so much for making it a joy in a tough economy to spend money!”

After every purchase at Cool Tools, you receive an email asking you to review the products you ordered. Your comments are listed on the product pages and offer future jewelry artists insight into quality, effectiveness, tips and tricks. You can also go to any product page and click “write a review”. Every month, we select one winner and give out a $100 gift certificate. The more products you review, the better your changes to win!

Keep reviewing products, and help us congratulate Beth this month!

May
11

You deserve a gift! This weekend only, all online orders get 2 free templates and a free texture.

No minimum purchase amount required. Get 10 free bail shapes and a beautiful floral ivy texture.

Enter the code: “MOTHER” in the coupon code box during checkout. Order now before it’s too late! Offer only valid 5/11 – 5/14.

All orders qualify for a free gift. Code must be entered online at checkout within promotional dates to qualify. Not valid with any other promotion. Offer ends 5/14/12 at 11:59 pm CST.

May
8

A new assortment of Antique Molds is here – find the design for your next jewelry project.

Sort through our extensive new selection of molds with designs inspired from nature, art, culture and more. 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.

With over 300 beautiful and stunning Antique Mold designs, Cool Tools offers everything you need to make remarkable jewelry.

May
1

Here’s how it works:

  1. Be sure you “Like” us on Facebook! Click here to visit our Facebook page or simply search “Cool Tools” while on Facebook. When you are on our page, click the “Like” button at the top of the page.
  2. Pick an Antique Mold to incorporate into your designs. At least 1 Antique Mold must be used in your piece. We offer over 300 Antique Mold designs to fit any jewelry project. Find the mold that fits you best – there are so many possibilities! We have just added a new batch to our collection. Click here to shop our new and expanded selection.
  3. Start Creating! Make any piece of jewelry you desire; pendants, bracelets, rings, anything you would like. Multiple submissions encouraged. We would love to see a variety!
  4. Post a picture of the finished piece that you have created on our Facebook wall with a brief explanation of your direction and inspiration. Be sure to take a detailed photograph so we can view your work.

After May 31st, the winners will be selected. Three winners will be chosen based on Creativity, Design Quality and Imagination! We are looking for designs that use our molds in a new and exciting way.

1st – $500 Gift Certificate

2nd – $200 Gift Certificate

3rd – $100 Gift Certificate

Contest runs the entire month of May

Good Luck and Happy Designing!

Cool Tools Facebook Contest runs from 5/1 – 5/31. Entries must be submitted on our Facebook page to qualify. Submissions are unlimited. At least 1 Antique Mold must be used in your design. Winners agree to send us their piece for professional photography, and they will be returned with a disc containing the images. Winners will be selected by Cool Tools and announced on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and our blog in June.