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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us What’s on Your Bench AND Enter Our September Contest!

Aug 30, 2012
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each month we love to peek into your studios, see images of your works-in-progress, and hear about the evolution of your work. 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!

Our entries this month were, as usual, very interesting. They included a red rubber necklace with silver beads and some funky-looking — yet elegant — rings designed to help with nervous habits (like nail-biting and knuckle-cracking). Check out the comments to see for yourself!

This month's winner is Melicia Phillips of Providence, RI who made a lovely filigree cuff. Take a look:

Hello, I am Melicia Phillips, an amateur jewelry artist living in Providence RI. As usual, I am working on a Russian filigree project. This month it's a silver cuff. The pictures shown here show the construction of the frame through the polished stage. I depletion guilded it and then used my Fretz stakes to give it a convex curve and form it into the cuff.

I left lots of space between the frame wires, making it very difficult to fill, but I like the airy look of more filler wire and less frame wire.

Thanks for the blog!

Congratulations Melicia! To see more of her work, check out Melicia's Facebook page and her Etsy store, M50Jewelry. You can also catch her on Twitter: @M50Jewelry.

Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!
We need the following information in order for your entry to be considered:

  1. Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like)
  2. A photo of your chosen project. Include two or three photos if you like!
  3. A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!

Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. We'll announce our next winner in late September! Andy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!

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What’s in a Name? The Story of Wide Mouth Frog Designs

Aug 29, 2012
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Bernadette Bennett

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!

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Silversmith Jeffrey Herman Reviews the PUK04 Arc Welder

Aug 27, 2012
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Jeffery Herman
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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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Rio Grande’s Social Media: Giver of Many Gifts!

Aug 23, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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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.

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Blogs We Love: Katrina Lum Designs

Aug 22, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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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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Verifying Our Gemstone Vendors

Aug 20, 2012
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Kevin Whitmore
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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.

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Color My World: Enameling at Rio Grande

Aug 16, 2012
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MariaElena Baca
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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!

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Check Out the New PMCGuild.com!

Aug 15, 2012
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Shelby Chant
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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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Hot New Video: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz

Aug 13, 2012
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Yvonne M. Padilla

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.

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A Shameless Display of Affection: The Pets of Rio Grande (and a Giveaway!)

Aug 9, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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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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