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Introducing the Winner of the Antique Mold Design Contest!

The grand prize winner of our 2012 Cool Tools Antique Mold Design Contest is Laura Medeiros for her Chicken House pendant made from COPPRclay. Laura will receive a $500 Cool Tools Gift Certificate!

We loved the creativity and whimsy of this piece. Laura made it hard to figure out that any molds were used for the components, and she used a variety of molds in unusual ways.

The Chicken House (we keep calling it the Chicken Shack) is so cool and has a hinged door. Laura really thought “outside the box” and used our molds and new and exciting way.

Below is Laura’s story:

“I began working with metal clay in 2001 when my husband purchased a class for me for a Valentine’s gift. I also work in polymer clay.

The rest of the time I am a striving artist, (I don’t struggle with my art, it’s the rest of life that’s a struggle) and I’m an arts educator to pay the bills.

My style is a little bit fantasy, a little bit goth, a tad steampunk, and a sprinkling of whimsy.

In my youth I was a sci-fi and punk geek. The results of my influences and interests are completely unique.

My Copper Chicken Hutch was made using four different Cool Tools Antique Molds. I really tried to use them in an unconventional manner.

I used the Lotus Blossom mold for the roof shingles and weeds along the side of the hutch. I used segments from the Large Dragonfly mold for the barn door panels.

On the back is the Rooster mold and for the bail I used the Tiny Rooster.”

Congrats Laura! We hope she enjoys her prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Cool Tools Antique Mold Design Contest. Everyone here at Cool Tools really enjoyed seeing our molds used in so many beautiful and exciting ways. We loved seeing our products used in a wide variety of  jewelry designs.

Help us congratulate Laura on her 1st place finish and be sure to keep an eye out for the next Cool Tools Design Contest!

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