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Rio In Motion – Day 6: The Wrap-Up

Jan 31, 2011
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Bernadette Webb
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Today is the last day of our first Rio In Motion event. I had the chance to mingle with attendees during their lunch break, and they were in great spirits and happy to chat about their experience at Rio In Motion.

I spoke first with Lisa Mitchell, who does repoussé work in Los Angeles, California. Her favorite class was the Lampworked Beads class taught by Chelsea Stone, and she definitely plans on adding this technique to her line of work. Take a look:

I also spoke with James, who came all the way from Oahu, Hawaii. He said he came to Rio for the latest and greatest information on our tools and equipment. He especially appreciated the demos. He told me that his business will greatly benefit from one of “the coffee-pot size platinum casting machines” (the CAST/T compact centrifugal casting system) we carry since he commonly gets special requests for platinum items that he now has to outsource. Now he is in-the-know on what he needs. He was also impressed with the Working With Argentium® Silver class taught by Mark Nelson. He will be coming back in March for our stone-setting and soldering classes.

Pam Day of Tucson, Arizona, took the Hydraulic Forming class with Phil Poirier:

She said that the class has helped her appreciate the time-saving techniques that our equipment offers to jewelers. She said, “Sometimes technology sure beats hours of hammering.”

James from Honolulu, Hawaii, said, “I really appreciate that I've found multiple instructors who not only specialize in their art but who also know the ins and outs of the equipment.”

Lisa from Los Angeles, California, felt the classes provided a nice progression from understanding to executing. “Each project leads to the next,” she said.

There was an overwhelming opinion that we should do this more than once a year. For those who said, “Casting is so complex, I am not so sure it can be covered in a two-day class,” I say, “this is only the beginning!” We are so excited about offering classes and techniques both onsite and online. Thanks to all who attended and made our first Rio In Motion so successful!

And check out this beautiful project we happened upon in the enameling class:

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Rio In Motion – Day 5: The Social Network Gets Real

Jan 30, 2011
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Mark Shipman
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Every day at Rio In Motion we’ve been abuzz with classes, demos and tours, but there’s also a huge amount of networking, sharing and befriending going on. Folks from across the country and around the globe have joined us this week; from California to Maine and from South America to Asia – we’ve got a world summit of passionate jewelry makers!

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Rio In Motion – Day 4: The Demo Room

Jan 30, 2011
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Spencer Baum
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Take a look at the wide variety of products, processes, and techniques that are featured in our Rio In Motion Demo Room!

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Rio In Motion – Day 3: A Virtual Tour

Jan 28, 2011
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Kevin Whitmore
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Rio In Motion has us all abuzz! We have been excited to have our visitors here at the Rio facility. In addition to hosting classes led by world-class instructors, we’ve enjoyed just showing off our place. If you, gentle reader, ever come to Albuquerque, be sure to drop by and see us firsthand. We’d love to show you around our warehouse and manufacturing facility. But for now, I thought you might enjoy a virtual tour.

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Birthday Cake and Jewelry-Making at Rio In Motion – Day 2

Jan 28, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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It was a day of celebration at Rio In Motion, in more ways than one! Students finished a series of two-day jewelry-making classes begun on Wednesday and got a chance to successfully apply new techniques to several pieces of jewelry. And on the lighter side, one Rio In Motion attendee got quite the birthday surprise when her sister contacted us to deliver a gift certificate (and as much embarrassment as we could create) on her behalf. What else are sisters for?

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Rio In Motion – Day 1

Jan 26, 2011
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Spencer Baum
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Rio In Motion began early this morning, with shuttle drivers picking up instructors and students from local area hotels. Shuttles arrived at Rio Grande in time for students to enjoy a spread of tools and toys to play with in our Will Call area. Benches with Swanstrom tools, Fretz hammers, the latest and greatest optics, the newest PMC® kilns, a Bonny Doon press and accessories, and a smattering of steel stamps and hammering tools greeted our students when they arrived, ready to be picked up and played with.

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Welcome to Rio In Motion!

Jan 26, 2011
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Molly A. Bell
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Today, January 26, marks the opening day of our first-ever Rio In Motion event (Jan 26-31). We’re excited because we’ll be seeing many familiar faces and looking forward to meeting others for the first time! We welcome your visit to Rio, look forward to showing you how we manufacture your products and fill your orders – and how it’s all powered by over 5000 solar panels!

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Is It Just Me?

Jan 24, 2011
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Kevin Whitmore
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Take a look!

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PMC: Early Days of Certification

Jan 21, 2011
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Tim McCreight
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In the early 1990s a Japanese company called Mitsubishi Materials patented an unusual material called Precious Metal Clay. It looked like putty and could be easily molded by hand, but after it was fired in a kiln it turned to solid silver. Truly hard to believe until you see it with your own eyes! I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to see PMC in action, and for me it still has a “Gee Whiz” factor…

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Ross’ Rio Expeditions: Snowshoeing in Jemez!

Jan 19, 2011
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Michael Ross
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This weekend found us wandering the higher elevations of the Jemez Mountains. The forecast was gorgeous, allowing us to enjoy the day without being buried in winter gear. Just a couple of layers and our snowshoes…and no TVs! We would either do the 5-mile hike to the San Antonio Hot Springs near La Cueva or the 8-mile hike to the top of Los Griegos Peak. Being the perennial early bird, I was ready to leave by 7:00am, only to walk laps around the house waiting for Miss Thing to pull it together. She mentioned something about not being rushed and leisurely enjoying her Saturday morning. A phrase that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard to me, but I own that, because I get a bit excited when it comes to the weekends!

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