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Congratulations to Louise Musto-Choate, the winner for the Cool Tools Survey Contest for May. Louise has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for taking our survey and offering us some of her thoughts.
Louise was excited and told us a little about herself:
“I am so happy to have won the $100.00 gift certificate this month. Ever since I started using metal clay, Cool Tools has been my number one go to company. I began using PMC3 two years ago after many years of designing one of a kind beaded jewelry; I needed a new interest.
My inspirations come from simple every day natural items such as leaves and twigs to using templates and stamps. When I am on vacation, I bring back my peace and quiet times through my designs and incorporate either beads, stones or cabochons in my pieces. My customers became so interested in how my jewelry is made that once I explained the concept of metal clay, they wanted to learn it as well.
I began teaching classes in October 2010 and offer several different levels. My students are so surprised and happy with their finished pieces, never thinking they could design anything. Many have given them as gifts which is a great compliment to them and me.
My jewelry is shown in several area galleries and open studios throughout the year.
I love that Cool Tools offers so many new products all the time. I will use my gift certificate to assist me in making something beautiful.
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey to tell us about your experience. We read every comment and your thoughts help us improve as a company. Keep filling out our survey and help us congratulate Louise this month!
Congratulations to Pat Sorlien, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest for May! Pat has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for reviewing a product she purchased.
Pat reviewed a Cool Tools Leaves and Tendrils Texture Tile and said: “Love, love, love. This sheet has become my go-to #1 resource. I am even using it for ring bands: so lovely with bronze clay when it turns green!” Pat was excited about winning and told us a little about herself:
“Thank you so much!!! I am very excited to have been drawn to win this shopping spree. Attached is a photo of me in my shop, plus a few other photos of projects I’ve made with Cool Tools products.
One photo shows a necklace I made with the Leaves and Tendrils pattern impressed into the bronze clay background. I even cut out two of the largest leaves and pasted them on top of the piece for additional texture. Also, I’ve included some other pieces made from your bronze clay, one using one of your antique molds (another personal favorite). I love opening the carbon pan after firing and seeing the beautiful colors, always a surprise and a wonderful treat!!!
As for the ring, I found a drinking glass which had the bug as a detail… (always looking for textures etc). I used Cool Tools Mega Mold to create a mold and this is also one of my favorites. I get lots of compliments on this ring, and people love the Leaves and Tendrils band.
This is my story: 6 yrs ago after a bout with breast cancer (after surgery) I decided to finally do what had been one of my dreams, creating jewelry. I went looking for books, then found Cool Tools on the web, watched Mardel, and fell in love with her video tutorials (another favorite). I’ve learned so much from her and I am constantly watching for new tips and techniques. She is so calm and precise, also I love her name.
You can see from the picture of me that I am into it all: love pounding metal, sawing, piercing, and using heat to create patina, (soldering is sometimes challenging). However metal clay is such a wonderful medium, I love forming, embossing and carving and especially enjoy pre finishing (its like weeding your garden).
Mostly I love creating something beautiful… with all your help!
Thank you Cool Tools!”
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to review the product you purchased. Your reviews offer fellow jewelry artists insight to the products they are purchasing. You can go to any product page, scroll down to the bottom, and click on “Write a Review”.
The more products you review, the better your chances to win. A winner is selected every month.
Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Pat this month!
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!
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!
Here’s how it works:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Congratulations to Nanette Mickle, the winner of our March Survey Contest. Nanette has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.
Nanette was excited and told us a little about herself:
“I am a wife and mother of three with a passion for birds. I have a Purple Martin (a type of swallow) colony in my back yard which I have nurtured for many years. Most of the housing was made by me including a wooden house and cavities made from natural gourds. I have a total 62 nesting cavities.
Three years ago, I decided to expand the purpose of my colony to include research on migration by using geolocators, a state of the art, light-reading device which fits like a backpack on an individual bird and can track it’s migration to Brazil and back. Hopefully, we can get insight into the steep decline of our insect-eating migratory birds. Some areas in the northeast have experienced a 70% population decline of some species in the last 20 years while other species are experiencing an ANNUAL population decline of 5-7%.
While many of my expenses are covered by grant money, there is still considerable out-of-pocket expense which is why I am (in the process of) starting my jewelry business ‘Birds with Backpacks’. All proceeds will go to research expenses.
I discovered your website several months ago and it is what gave me the inspiration to start my business. Watching Mardel made me realize that even I could make beautiful jewelry. Actually, that is my only complaint about the Cool Tools website. Mardel makes it look too easy. I have never seen her have to re-roll her clay so many times that it dries out and then takes a week to re-hydrate! I guess practice will make perfect and I am enjoying the learning process.
My favorite inspiration is nature and of course, birds. I love the flexibility PMC3 clay gives me to create individual artwork. I also enjoy basic metalsmithing techniques such as sawing sheet silver and soldering. So far, I have made a several pendants but as I learn and my skills and speed increase, I may even try making earrings. I am just kidding, the sky is the limit!
The Cool Tools website is one of my favorites. It is easy to navigate, the products are of high quality and the learning center is AWESOME. Naturally when I was offered the opportunity to take a survey, I responded immediately. I never imagined that I would actually win the $100 shopping spree!! I am absolutely thrilled! Hmmm, where to begin….
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey telling us about your experience. Your thoughts give us insight into how we can improve, what new products you want, and any other suggestions you might have. When you fill out the survey, you get an entry into a drawing for a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate. A winner is selected every month!
Keep filling out our survey and help us congratulate Nanette this month!
Congratulations to Wanda Cardenas, the winner of our Random Review contest for March. Wanda has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for reviewing a product she purchased.
Wanda reviewed some Flex-Rite Satin Gold she purchased from Cool Tools and said it was “Very strong wire. Good for holding metal and heavy beads”.
Wanda was excited and told us a little about herself:
“Yay! Guess who won the random drawing this month? ME! So excited!
I discovered metal clay about 2 years ago and it instantly became an obsession of mine. I create pendants and earrings and set natural gemstones on most pieces. Love the fine Silver PMC but must admit that the results of the Bronze PMC is my very favorite. The warm color of the bronze and the gorgeous hues it takes once you add a slight patina must be the most beautiful compliment to gemstones of warm colors. I love combining paterns, textures and shapes which end up in a one of a kind unique piece of jewelry.
I purchased all of my first jewelry making inventory from Cool Tools; from my kiln to antique molds, bezel wire and everything in between. Selection and quality are paramount for me. Cool tools have both. Happy cutomer here!
Thanks for the gift certificate!
After every purchase, you have an opportunity to review the products and let fellow jewelry artists know your experience with the tool. Your comments help others better understand the tools they are looking at. Simply go to the product page on the tool you want to review, scroll down and click “Write a Review”. A winner is selected every month!
Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Wanda this month.
Congratulations to Betty Selby-Syslo, the winner of our February Survey Contest. Betty has won a $100 gift certificate for telling us about her experience.
Betty was excited and told us a little about herself:
“I was doing stained glass and wanted to be able to dangle some stones from a piece so a friend and I figured out how to wire wrap them. All about the same time my husband and I became interested in hunting rocks, cutting, polishing and creating jewelry and art with them. That was in 2004 which in turn grew into a love of creating jewelry and teaching others. I make and teach wire wrapping, beading, cold connections, viking chain, working with wire and precious metal clay (4th level certified). I also repair, restore and re-make costume and vintage jewelry. I hope to continue to learn and share many more jewelry making avenues and would love to have my jewelry available for purchase through a well known company.
I love teaching all ages and also offer jewelry making birthday parties for boys and girls. I have a small studio that I would like to open 2 days a week for classes and jewelry supplies. I am so excited and completely surprised that I won this and I am also very thankful to Cool Tools for this opportunity as well as the jewelry making tools that are made available for anyone who loves the art!
Sincerely, a Cool Tool Fan – Betty Selby-Syslo”
After every purchase, you’ll receive an email asking to take a survey to tell us about your experience. We read every comment and use your thoughts to make improvements and become a better company. Each month, a winner is selected and given a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate. Help us congratulate Betty this month and keep offering us your thoughts!
Congratulations to Toni Anderson, February’s Random Review Winner. Toni has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for reviewing an 8oz Rawhide Mallet she purchased from us.
Here is what she had to say on her review: “Light & sturdy. Great hammer, easy to hammer out lumps and bumps in metal of all kinds. Leaves no residual marks”
Toni was very happy and told us a little about herself and the work she enjoys:
“Yahooo! Can’t believe it!!! I am ecstatic.
Firstly, two years ago I started playing with rocks that several generations have left about our property. I cut, broke, and polished them, literally finding a new interest and noting the beauty in the pieces. Then in the natural progression of this hobby, I started making jewelry. I started ordering Cool Tools products which were not only super functional but fun and exciting as well (Cool tools has SO many products that make everything easier and much more enjoyable). This is such a wonderful hobby for me (..all my stressors leave …I loose track of time..the world becomes a better place to be).
Family and friends love my pieces (as they should–:) …but I have had several offers to buy my necklaces! I do not want the enjoyment to turn into work..I have a job! My son has been helpful with building tables and items for me. Then he sneaks and borrows one of my “cool tools” to round his radiator cap, or fix some other Jeep repair.UGH! (He has taken up an interest in Cool Tools as well!!!!!)
Realizing that I could improve and expand on what I enjoy, I take classes at Tacoma Metal Arts Center (Tacomametalarts.com). I have learned so much and have had such a great time, I must recommend them to all! They have every skill level and a variety of classes (metal work, setting, glass, PMC, electroplating,stone setting, as so much more). Us “students” often ask about products/tools that we are using and Cool Tools is frequent in our conversations. I can attest first hand that I enjoy the products and high quality. As I learn new areas, I return to Cool Tools and am able to obtain everything I need for home “play”.
I cant thank you enough. This hobby just amazes me. I thank you so very much.”
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to review the products. These reviews help other jewelry artists better understand the tools & supplies they need. Reviews are posted on our site and offer unique insight from people who use our products.
Every month we have a drawing to see who wins a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate for our Random Review Contest. Every product that you review earns you one entry into the drawing. Review as many as you can!
We appreciate your reviews and ask that you keep them coming! Next month’s winner could be you. This month, help us congratulate Toni!
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!