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Rio Grande Teams Up With Project Accessory

Oct 28, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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If you’re a Project Runway fan, you probably already know about the new spin-off show Project Accessory. The show pits 12 designers against each other as they complete weekly challenges to create the most eye-popping, fashion-forward accessory possible. And what better accessory is there than a stunning piece of jewelry?

Rio Grande was excited to see jewelry-making and jewelry designers get the lead in such a mainstream TV show, so we’ve teamed up with Project Accessory to keep the fun rolling! Besides donating tools used on the show, we’re releasing one new project each week inspired by the same challenges the designers face. Keep our projects inspired by Project Accessory bookmarked and sign-up to get an email each time a new project releases. You can follow along with our steps and supplies or take our idea and turn it into your own creation!

And just to spice things up for the blog, how about a weekly contest? We’ll keep it simple and sweet: last night during the premiere, the Project Accessory designers had to recycle found objects to create a piece perfect for America’s favorite outfit – a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. So what’s your go-to piece for jeans and a tee? Run through your Etsy site, grab something you’re working on or snap a picture of that perfect piece you could never bring yourself to sell. Upload a photo in the comments and let us know why you wear that piece whenever you go casual. We’ll pick a winner and add a quick $10 to their Rio Grande account for their next purchase. Don’t have an account? No problem, you can sign up for one right here.

Every week of the Project Accessory season we’ll have a new project, a new contest and a new winner, so come back every Friday and follow along with the fun. Jewelry is center stage this season—join the spotlight!

Click here to create this Asian Industrial belt buckle inspired by Project Accessory!

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Celebrate a Year with Us: Paper Resin Earring Project

Oct 27, 2011
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Amy Dalness
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Since paper is the traditional gift for a one-year anniversary, it seemed fitting to create a piece of jewelry using paper as a tribute to The Studio’s first year as Rio’s blog. Paper is a fun and versatile medium, though not one often thought of when it comes to making jewelry. But with some funky bezel-cup earrings, a Raindrop resin kit. . .

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Package Your Jewelry with Colorful Paper Boxes

Oct 26, 2011
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Spencer Baum
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Since it’s customary to celebrate the first anniversary with paper, we asked Denise Wright, the Product Manager for our display and packaging line to share one of her favorite paper products. . .

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The Studio Celebrates One Year (and Counting)!

Oct 25, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

A year ago this week, a group of product managers, customer service representatives, coaches, warehouse fulfillment folks, and writers at Rio Grande collaborated to launch The Studio. . .

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Double H Ranch: Fun Jewelry-Making and What a Cause!

Oct 20, 2011
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Shelby Chant
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For the kids at Double H, summer camp means learning how to do things they never thought they could!

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Wendy Rosen Workshop at IACA 2011 Fall Wholesale Tradeshow

Oct 19, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

The IACA Wholesale show is sure to be vibrant and exciting, but there is one highlight in particular that should not be missed. Wendy Rosen, publisher of AmericanStyle and NICHE magazines and founder of the Buyers Market of American Craft will offer a workshop which will include a day of discussions . . .

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Shibuichi: Traditional Japanese Copper/Silver Alloy

Oct 17, 2011
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Kevin Whitmore
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Shibuichi is a low-silver alloy that’s getting some buzz in the metalsmithing community. As you might guess from the name, it is a Japanese term. It translates to “one fourth,” which is a reference to the traditional Japanese alloy mixture that historically has been composed of 25% silver and 75% copper. Back in the days of the Samurai, Shibuichi was used to make ornaments for the katana (Samurai sword). . .

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Stuff We Love: Littlefly’s Gleaming Paper Jewels

Oct 13, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

Littlefly, by London artist Jeremy May is a collection of “literary jewels.” May creates his one-of-a-kind treasures by precisely cutting from the interiors of old books and then sculpting layered pages through a process of compression and lacquering. . .

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Lisa Rouse: How a Trip To the Library Launched a Career

Oct 12, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Etsy jewelry designer Lisa Rouse proves that if you want to learn a new technique or skill, help and inspiration are all around you!

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The Crafted Findings Riveting Tool: A Cool Solution For Easy and Consistent Cold Connections

Oct 10, 2011
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Spencer Baum
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Have you seen the riveting tool yet? The Crafted Findings Riveting Tool is a great cold connection solution. Check it out!

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