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Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming with Bill Fretz, Volume 2

Nov 28, 2011
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Spencer Baum
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A few weeks ago, I shared a clip with you from new DVD by hammer-maker extraordinaire, Bill Fretz.

Today we continue to spotlight Bill's exceptional DVDs with a look at Volume 2 of Basic Hammering and Forging.

In this clip, Bill demonstrates planishing with the Fretz HMR-1 Hammer and the Fretz anvils. I like this clip because the piece he's working on gets great shine, texture, and form as he goes, and Bill talks about his hammering technique throughout.

Both Fretz DVDs are available at riogrande.com now.

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Exciting Changes at Rio: No Minimum Silver Purchase and All New Price Breaks!

Nov 25, 2011
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Kevin Whitmore
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We all need to adapt to the shifting markets for silver, gold, and platinum. Find out what Rio is doing to make buying metals easier and more affordable…

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Thanks for Giving!

Nov 24, 2011
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Brian Fox
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During this Thanksgiving holiday, Rio Grande is teaming up with our customers to help Ganoksin –host of the Orchid Jewelry forums –as they recover from devastating flooding at their headquarters in Thailand. Read on to learn how you can help too…

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Vintage Jewelry Design—A Chronicle of Classic to Contemporary Design

Nov 23, 2011
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Shelby Chant
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The perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves jewelry! Vintage Jewelry Design chronicles 10 decades of jewelry fashion and culture.

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Experience Rio Firsthand: Join us for Rio’s 2nd Annual Rio In Motion

Nov 21, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Come to Albuquerque this January for a one-of-a-kind jewelry-making event! Rio In Motion is a week full of classes, tool and equipment demos, guided tours of Rio Grande and more…

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Project Accessory Week 4: Fantabulous Fold-Over Bag

Nov 18, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Yvonne is back this week with another great project for you to try out: a fold-over bag bedazzled with your favorite Swarovski crystals!

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Ooh! Aah! Jewelry Draws a Crowd With Great Displays

Nov 16, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Creating a beautiful jewelry display can be just as challenging as creating the jewelry itself! We talked to a longtime local jewelry shop about the display ideas that keep their foot traffic high year after year.

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Education at Rio: Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press Class

Nov 14, 2011
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Yvonne M. Padilla

G. Phil Poirier from Bonny Doon Engineering came to Rio recently to teach us the basics of using his hydraulic presses. Join us for Rio in Motion in January and learn firsthand what makes these presses so cool!

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Project Accessory Week 3: Covert Convertible Necklace

Nov 11, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Week three of Project Accessory brings a new combo necklace/bracelet project and a new chance to win $10 in Rio Grande credit!

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Write, Read, and Comment On Every Rio Grande Product

Nov 9, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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One of the newest and best features on RioGrande.com is now here – your own voice! Find out how easy it is to share your opinion on any product we carry.

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