The Studio – Jewelry Blog by Rio Grande

What Are You Working on Now? Enter Our Next Contest and You May Find Yourself in the Spotlight!

Apr 26, 2012

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!

Comments (6)

  1. I have become a bit obsessed with silver and bronze leaf lately. I took advantage of some closeout wooden bangles here at Rio and this is what I am doing with them. I am also applying it to leather cord and vintage glass.
    It’s a bit messy, but I am liking the results.

  2. I’m working on Mother’s Day jewelry, cutting and texturing dogwood flowers from the 3″ square sterling sheet from Rio. The largest flower is for the grandmother; her three kids are to the left and a granddaughter is to the right.

  3. Here are a few pieces from a cuff series I have been working on. As a former architect, I like to “build” jewelry. I have been enjoying this series as it gives me a chance to experiment with many techniques including forging, fold forming, texturing, cold connecting and patina applications. Thank you for this opportunity!

  4. I just learned to saw and solder, so I wanted to try a project. i LOVE TO SAW!! This was my first project. Now I want to do some piercing.
    Shannon Neill

  5. What am I working on? Miniature Trees!
    With a giveaway and a silent auction coming up I decided that I needed to work on some new trees. Rather than large, bulky pendents I wanted to also offer something dainty and small that could be worn on all occasions. What’s more thrilling that I can use recycled silver! These gorgeous trees in recycled silver are sure to catch a pretty penny for charity!
    I first made a handmade, basic, circle frame from 16 gauge wire, then twisted 26 gauge to create the tree. I adorned the branches with gorgeous, natural, peridot gemstone chips. Then hung the pendant on a dainty silver cable chain with a spring clasp.

  6. Hey guys :) Leila Harrison here – I’ve been working on a bunch of wire wrapped pendants… Time to get ready for festival season so I’ve been trying to crank out at least one a day! Here’s some pictures for you! All Argentium Sterling Silver wire & various cut/raw gemstones…

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