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

What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Melicia Phillips, has won a $10 Rio credit, and September’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!


In her days as a sales associate here at Rio, Bernadette Bennett encountered some very interesting business names and heard some great stories. On The Studio today, she shares one such story about Wide Mouth Frog Designs. How have you developed your business name and brand? We’d love to hear your story!


Our guest writer today is Jeff Herman, an internationally renowned silver restoration and conservation specialist, and founder of the Society of American Silversmiths. Jeff wrote about the PUK04 Arc Welding System, an incredible tool and a huge asset to anyone’s workshop.

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Do you have your finger on Rio Grande’s social media pulse? If not, you may want to tune in! We actively post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course to The Studio — Rio’s Blog! We’re constantly sharing tips, tricks, inspiration, AND best of all, we love to host contests and giveaways! Take a look at what we’ve been up to.


We love discovering new techniques, tricks, and inspiring blogs by jewelers everywhere—the more the merrier! Today, The Studio spotlights a Blog We Love with Katrina Lum Designs. Check out Katrina’s how-to for making your own end caps!

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One question we’re often asked is where our gemstones come from, so I thought Rio Grande customers might like to know about an initiative we have been pursuing: buying gemstones from reputable firms and ensuring the production of those stones causes no human suffering. Here’s how we do it.


Rio Grande offers a terrific Basic Enameling Class taught by Phil Scott, a member of Rio’s Technical Support Team, who has been making jewelry for decades. Our very own MariaElena Baca had a blast taking the class and today, on The Studio, she tells us about her enameling adventures!


Rio is honored to now host the PMC Guild’s website. If you’ve never checked out all the irreplaceable information and inspiration PMC Guild has offered over the last fifteen years, now is the time!

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The Studio is excited to bring you another video clip featuring Bill Fretz and his innovative forming stakes. Last year, Bill showed Studio readers some Basic Hammering and Forming. This year, he helps us take forming a few steps further with a clip from his latest DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz.


Everyone knows how much we love jewelry, but did you know that we’re mighty fond of animals of all stripes? See some of Rio’s best friends…and be one of ten people who win a custom-made nametag for YOUR animal!

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