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Mar
11

Congratulations to Laura Jensen from Fort St. John, British Columbia, February’s Random Review Winner! Laura has won a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate for reviewing some sanding pads that she purchased from us! Each Random Review Winner gets their choice of Metal Clay or a Gift Certificate!

Laura shared photos of her work, told us a little about herself, and was very excited to have been selected!

“Yay!! That’s nice~ thank you!! I’ll take a Gift certificate please!!

Here’s a little about me:

My grandfather was a diamond appraiser and jeweler in the ‘burbs of Toronto in the 1950′s. When I was born much later, I spent my visits sneaking down into his basement shop to quietly watch him across the tall expanse of his battered work station. Making. Creating. Inspiring.

That’s where this really began for me and though I’ve graduated from pony-beads, gimp and Fimo, to PMC, fine silver and gemstones, the love and desire to create something different and beautiful has never wavered. You’ll find me with a fresh brewed pot of tea, sitting across the expanse of my battered work desk with at least five Cool Tools products in reach. I may never inspire as my Grandfather did, but I’m always making and creating.”

The top photo is a pair of Emerald Earrings made with Silver Clay. The bottom photo shows a forged necklace Laura made using our fine silver wire. We hope Laura’s work provides everyone with some inspiration!

Every time you purchase a product from Cool Tools you are asked to review and offer us your opinion of the product. Your reviews help us improve our products and keep fellow jewelry artists informed about tested products! A Random Review Winner is selected every month! The more items you review, the more entries you get and more chances to win!

Keep reviewing products and help us congratulate Laura!

Mar
7

Congratulations to Rosemary Mancillas, the winner of February’s Survey Drawing! Rosemary has won a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate simply for taking our survey.

Rosemary was excited and told us a little about herself and her work:

  • “Nice to get good news for a change!  I love Cool Tools, but I love you even more now! Thanks so much!

    I have been a full time RVer since 2002 and a jewelry designer for about 4 years. I started with beading, progressed to silversmithing and lapidary, and decided to take the leap to metal clay a few months ago. Not having the resources to take classes, I read everything I could find on your website and many others, as well as the many books by Tim McCreight and CeCe Wire and others.  Since I learned to drive a 40 foot diesel motorhome, I’ve traveled all over the United States in my home on wheels with only my beloved standard poodle Sasha to navigate.

    I am currently in Tucson, where I have been working with BRONZclay, learning my kiln, and all the quirks and pitfalls as well as the joy of working in this medium.  I have never worked in clay before of any kind, so this has been a completely new experience.  I am dreaming of the day when the price of silver goes down so I can work with PMC.  I am thrilled to work with BRONZclay and love the look of it.  I will enjoy combining my beadwork, lapidary, silversmithing, (mostly copper now…) and now metal clay in my jewelry designs.  I am still a beginner, getting used to working with this medium.  I am inspired by the many beautiful works I see by so many wonderful jewelry artists who are so kind to share their creativity and knowledge. The possibilities metal clay and PMC add to jewelry art are infinite, and I love the challenge.”

After making a purchase at Cool Tools, we send out a survey so you can let us know how your experience was. The survey is short and easy to complete with a few clicks. Every time you offer us your opinions by taking our survey, you are automatically entered in to a drawing for a $100 Cool Tools Gift Certificate. We select a winner every month. The next winner could be you! We appreciate the insight and are always looking to improve our site and your purchasing experience.

Mar
4

Introducing our new downloadable project guide available in our Learning Center for free - The Royal Treatment Pendant.

The Royal Treatment Pendant features a bezel set faceted stone with sterling gallery wire and fine silver clay. It is easily modified for any type of metal clay and adds a touch of sophistication and royalty to your designs.

The Royal Treatment Pendant was designed by our official Project Designer – Lisa Barth. Lisa’s work is featured in our Jewelry Design Gallery and has now joined the Cool Tools team to help inspire others to create beautiful jewelry. Lisa Barth is a wire jewelry artist and metal clay instructor from Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches wire artistry and metal clay and draws her inspiration for her designs from the stone she is using.

Lisa uses a bezel set faceted stone with Sterling Gallery Wire. The texture on the Royal Treatment Pendant was made using our Jewelry Artist Elements Texture and cut out using a Jewelry Shape Template. This particular piece was made from Art Clay, but the project can be easily modified for any type of metal clay.

Find this project and many more available right here at Cool Tools. Keep an eye out for more free projects and many more to come from our new Project Designer, Lisa Barth.

Start getting the professional results you desire, and as always:

Learn. Create. Inspire.

Mar
2

Cool Tools is proud to announce our new Creative Rewards program for Cool Tools customers! With Cool Tools Creative Rewards you earn rewards points on every purchase you make. You’ll receive points based on your total product purchase amount. Your account will be automatically credited with one point for every dollar you spend (not including shipping and taxes). With Cool Tools Creative Rewards it’s easy to get rewarded for your creativity!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Once you’ve placed your order and it has shipped, your Cool Tools Creative Rewards will be redeemable the next day!
  2. To view your Cool Tools Creative Rewards, return  to the “login / my account” from the top right of any page, then click on Creative Rewards. Your points will be displayed there.
  3. To redeem your points, enter the total amount (in points) you’d like to redeem (50 points = $1).
  4. When you’re done, a confirmation will be sent to your email address.
  5. You are now ready to save on your next purchase. Upon placing your order, your available Cool Tools Creative Rewards will automatically be deducted from the total purchase amount.

Cool Tools now offers an amazing rewards programs to go along with our Free Shipping on all orders over $150. Add in our FREE project guides, how-to videos, and jewelry making articles, to go along with all the tools, resources, and expert advice you need, you’ll come up with the best place to shop for your next creation.

Get rewarded for your creativity.

Feb
10

Congratulations to Nancy Graves, our winner of the $200 Cool Tools Gift Certificate Contest!

In January, a survey was available which automatically entered survey takers into a random drawing to win a $200 Cool Tools Gift Certificate. We got an amazing response from our loyal customers and loved reading all the comments. Nancy is our lucky winner this month!

Nancy was excited to hear she had won for answering 5 easy questions and wrote us; “Thank you so very much for the $200 gift certificate. You have certainly made my day!!!! I am very excited about the gift certificate and I used it toward a purchase I made for more clay. Thank you sooooo much again!”

Nancy teaches three jewelry classes and two painting classes a week at Hill Institute in Florence, Ma. She has been married 44 years and has two children and five grandchildren. We hope Nancy will keep inspiring her students to create beautiful art and jewelry and are glad the Cool Tools Gift Certificate went to good use.

Nancy submitted photos of her work featuring a necklace she created with silver clay, a Texture Tile and a lavender teardrop CZ purchased from Cool Tools. The bottom photo is a picture of Nancy wearing earrings made from silver clay with an opal drop.

Here at Cool Tools, we are always interested in what you have to say. We take pride in offering the best products, selection and customer service and will continue rewarding our customers for their inspiration and participation in our community.

Keep an eye out for more surveys and more chances to win!

Feb
4

Introducing our all new selection of Stringing Materials for your unique metal clay and jewelry creations. Pendant Necklaces. Organza. Leather Cord. Coated Cable. Jewelry Wire. Neck Wire. Velvet Cord. Everything a jewelry artist needs.

Our all new Pendant Necklaces offer unique ways to display your custom jewelry elements. Find new braided, ringed, webbed and turn-around Pendant Necklaces featured in an array of colors. The Pendant Necklaces offer fast and easy ways to string your jewelry.

Organza offers beauty and class to the jewelry it’s added to. Our all new selection of Organza Ribbon is available is several colors and come in spools or assorted colored packs.

Leather Cord offers strength and durability when added to jewelry projects. Our new selection of Leather Cord features several new colors in assorted color packs with lobster clasps attached. Find Greek Leather Cord available in natural, black, and brown.

Coated Cable is fast and customizable for finishing your jewelry projects right. Our selection of Coated Cable comes in several assorted color packs and clear. Our Coated Cable can be sized to fit any jewelry piece and come with screw clasps.

Jewelry Wire features stringing material for any project. Find Jewelry Wire with 1-5 Strands linking to the clasp. Our Neck Wire, available in silver and gold, are perfect for sliders and create an instant fit to any jewelry element.

Velvet Cord offers the comfort of velvet with the versatility of other stringing materials. Our new Velvet Cords come with a silver base lobster clasp and chain extentions to fit any project.

Bring any jewelry making project together fast and easy with help from our new selection of Stringing Materials right here from Cool Tools.

Jan
28

Creative Metal is a new line of products that offers custom tools and metals for endless possibilities. Our Creative Metal products are one of a kind. The unique and decorative soft metals, available in brass and copper, allow inspiration to take hold and can be embossed, detailed, antiqued, adhered to various surfaces, and used as texture for metal clay. These metals are available in rolls and sheets in various sizes. There is no limit to what you can create using these workable metals as an open canvas.

Creative Metal also offers a variety of custom tools for texturing, engraving, forming, and stamping. The rolling tools easily help create unique and custom texture to fit your metal designs. The texturing tools are versatile. They can be used on any type of metal clay or any other soft and pliable metals.

Creative Metal also offers custom designed texture sheets. These unique designs can be used just about anywhere. The design sheets feature checkerboards, bricks, grids, floral patterns, geometric designs, Celtic symbols, Victorian inspiration, cobblestone patterns, Vines, Hearts and much more. These designs are available in several sizes and styles.

Starter Kits are available featuring what you’ll need to start creating today. Creative Metal is also sold individually allowing you to customize your order to your design needs.

Get creative with your metal right here from Cool Tools.

Aug
23

Cool Tools can be your new go-to place for learning all kinds of Metal Clay jewelry techniques. If you haven’t already visited Cool Tools Learning Center you might want to head on over and view some of these great worthwhile videos.

At Cool Tools you’ll find several different types of technique videos to enhance your jewelry making skills. From Metal Clay Techniques, such as how to condition Bronze Clay to Metal Clay Ring Sizing, we offer the best advise and insights into creating quality pieces of jewelry. The Learning Center is such a great way to improve your jewelry making skills. Learn about Making and Using Bronze Clay Paste or making and using flexible Clay too. Our simple videos are clear and easy to understand so that you can master skills and concepts of each technique such as rehydrating BRONZclay and Silicone Mold Making. Cool Tools wants you to be the best jeweler you can be and have the most fun possible, learn a new technique today by visiting the Cool Tools Learning Center.