Congratulations to Francesca Boone, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest for February. Francesca has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing her Oval Pairs Jewelry Shape Template. Francesca gave our templates a great review saying, “These are lovely shapes. They are smaller than I thought they’d be. Very versatile however.”
Francesca was excited about being the February winner:
“I was VERY excited (and GRATEFUL) to get your email. My current “love” is working with Precious Metal Clay. I love it because it’s easy, it’s quick and almost anything becomes inspiration for a new piece.
I have just moved to FL from McKinney, TX. I am busy creating new pieces as most of my current work is at a newly opened store in McKinney, TX called Art On The Veranda, which carries local artists work. I mentioned “current” because like many artist, it’s never just one thing that grabs our attention. I have received awards, and have been published for my porcelain painting. I have created stained glass pieces and many other artistic creations….but PMC has held my heart the longest.
Nature is perhaps my biggest inspiration. My husband laughs at me sometimes, when he sees me stop to study something on our walks. Sometimes it’s a particularly textured leaf, sometimes a texture in the concrete, or sidewalk, sometimes a bud from a Crepe Myrtle or the way the light plays off of a building….it’s all inspiration.
I purchased some Stalactite gemstones from Cool Tools which will be in my next pieces. Since I now live in “Gator” land, I am trying to keep that in mind when designing a new piece. The Stalactite gemstone will have a alligator texture backing. I have also purchased (from COOL TOOLS, of course) some orange and blue gemstone (UF colors) which I will be embedding in earrings.
What is there not to love about creating with precious metal clay? I also cannot imagine a source better than COOLTOOLS to be MY source for everything I need to make beautiful jewelry. I received my PMC certification from a senior artist in NYC, Vera Lightstone many years ago. I was born in Rome Italy have lived all over the world and speak several languages fluently. I have two adult sons who live in NJ.
Thank you again!
PS: If you’re curious about my porcelain, please feel free to “Google” my name~typically the first thing that comes up is an image of a piece that won a bronze ribbon in an International competition and an article I wrote to accompany the photo as it was published in the IPAT publication.”
After every purchase, you have the opportunity to review your products. Your reviews help fellow jewelry artists better understand the products we offer. You can review any product by simply going to the product page and clicking “write a review”. Each review gives you an entry into our review contest. Help us congratulate Francesca!
Diane Rein April 2, 2014