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Rio Grande. A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
April 2012

Meet Betty, Goddess of Metal. Good luck totem and charming manipulator of all things unyielding. I think you’ll be glad to meet her and we hope you’ll take a moment to introduce us to an early piece of your own!

Our quest to find out what’s happening in YOUR studio continues! Last month we presented you all with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invited readers to submit a picture or two and a short description of what’s on their workbench right now. Well, we’ve given this month’s winner a $10 credit, and May’s contest has officially begun –show us your stuff for a chance to win!

In today’s video, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools uses the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers to turn 20ga sterling wire rings into a series of attractive interlocking knots. With some jump rings and a clasp, those wire knots become a necklace.

When Phil Poirier designed the Bonny Doon Hammer, he was thinking about the ideal tools for anticlastic and synclastic raising. Since debuting the hammer at last year’s SNAG Conference, we have found that it is capable of much more than that.

Tried Bur-Life® yet? Here are the top five reasons why you must try the original tool lubricant!

Learn about our local New Mexico Jewelers Association (NMJA) on their new website!

It’s time for our next installment of Tech Tidbits! In case you haven’t heard, the members of Rio’s Tech Support team have been sharing tips, tricks and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Here are a few of the latest!

Happy Friday the 13th! Are you a superstitious sort? If so, you may want to acquaint yourself with a little bit of history about three famously cursed diamonds. After all, you never know when a TAINTED jewel may find its way to your bench…

Would you like to learn more about gold casting options? Today, The Studio is featuring an Eddie’s Tips article that sheds light on the difference between using gold casting grain –already alloyed to the desired color and karat –and alloying fine gold and master alloy yourself for more flexibility and a lower inventory investment. Check it out!

We’re constantly adding new items at, and I asked each of Rio’s Product Managers to pick something new (or relatively new) to share with you on The Studio. Come on over to see their picks!

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