Basic Stone Setting is the first jewelry class I took when I started working here at Rio. I remember the challenge of working with calibrated round and oval stones and wondering how difficult it would be to prong-set an uncalibrated or odd-shaped stone. Well, I have exciting news: Rio is manufacturing freeform ring and component mountings for odd-shaped stones. Our own Yvonne Padilla has been trying them out and she loves their simple design and ease of use. For a closer look at these unique mountings, check out today’s post on The Studio!
Archives for September 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, Erin Brown, has won a $10 Rio credit, and October’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
We love to see what our customers are making and selling on Etsy and we love learning which products help them do it. Today, on The Studio, we’re featuring Sherry Jones’ Etsy store, The Dancing Gecko. Come check it out!
Foldforming is an awesome way to manipulate metal to create cool, organic shapes. Developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s, foldforming works with any kind of metal, and is a great technique to experiment with when you’re looking for that unique new idea. In today’s post, Mark Nelson will inspire you to try foldforming by making a bead using the technique.
Want to add a fun and playful twist of color to your pieces? With the MIDAS System for Kliar E-Coating, you can achieve eye-popping color and make a statement with your jewelry. Sixteen colors are available, and they can be mixed to create your very own color palette.