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Rio Grande. A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
June 2011
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At the beginning of May I turned in my box cutter for a T-shaped Allen wrench. I said goodbye to the forklift and hello to the coiler, the hammered ear wire machine, and the eye-pin slider. Let me be plain: I transferred from the Receiving Team to the Machine Operator Team. . .

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Our own Yvonne Padilla uses molding compound and carving wax to create textures from inspiration she finds everywhere. In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates this exciting method for trasferring texture to metal clay pieces:

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Eleanore Macnish is a jeweler and lampwork bead artist who’s unique, large-scale pieces are filled with charming, unexpected details. Eleanore uses a variety of metals, gemstones, found objects, and glass beads of her own making to hand-craft stunning, wearable artwork. . .

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Jewelry Book and DVD Contest! We had a whopping 145 entries and we were glad to learn more about the books you love!

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What’s the best way to showcase a piece of jewelry fresh off the bench? Add shine and a gleaming finish to your work by polishing, burnishing, or tumbling. . .

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Wayne Meeten sits with his shoes and socks off, his blue jeans rolled neatly at the cuff, sipping a glass of orange juice. He’s looking at me a bit incredulously about a question I asked. He had just finished describing his training in jewelry and metalsmithing, and it was quite the mouthful. . .

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JCK 2011 is in the history books, and what a show it was! For those of you who were in Vegas and visited the Rio booth, thanks for stopping by. For those who weren’t able to attend, here’s a taste of the show for you. . .

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With a Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet, and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring from a sheet of mokumé gane, the Japanese alloy metal made with several layers of gold, silver, and copper. . .

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I was 13 years old when my father first let me sit at his jewelers’ bench. I was so excited I can remember the moment like it was yesterday!
I was helping him bezel-set a diamond by tapping a punch as he guided it around the bezel. I asked him to teach me to set stones. To my surprise, he got up and sat me down to start learning the basics right then and there. As it turned out, it would be a long time before I set my first stone. . .

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Last week the 40th anniversary of the SNAG conference was celebrated in Seattle, Washington. It was an amazing conference, and with over 900 attendees the energy level was intense. . .

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