Our quest to find out what’s happening in YOUR studio continues! Each month we are privileged to peek into your studios, see terrific images of your works-in-progress, and hear about the evolution of your work. And each month we also feature the work of a random winner –who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!.

The submissions this time around, as usual, were diverse and wonderful. Among them, we saw a filigree locket that will feature a photo of a beloved dog, a set of shotgun-casing cufflinks, pieces crafted using foldforming techniques, handmade pottery cabachons, springtime-inspired silver flowers, and a Millennium Falcon resin pendant. My kids were dazzled by the Star Wars-inspired pendant and tried to use their powerful influence over me to rig the outcome of the contest in that piece’s favor, but in the end I was compelled to do the right thing and choose the winner randomly.

This month’s winner is Chrissy Butler of Whirlwind Ranch Silver!

Take a look at Chrissy’s work and read a little about her process:

Here are a few shots of what I am working on right now. I just finished a big copper collar-style necklace with matching earrings. The main stones are Succor Creek Jasper and are accented with yellow and orange sapphires, blue topaz, and iolite.

I put a flame patina on the copper giving it a range of bronzes and reds. I used the new copper bezel material from Rio for this, I loved the material! So much easier than trying to cut my own bezel strips.

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’re working on! Add a comment to this post which includes your name and photos/descriptions of what’s on your bench right now and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. We’ll announce our next winner in May! Keep your eye on Rio’s facebook page for updates!