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BOO! Halloween at Rio Grande!

Oct 31, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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As you can imagine—and judging by some of the products we sell—we take Halloween pretty seriously around here. Entire departments join together to coordinate elaborate group themes, and you can’t throw a copper jump ring without getting a face full of cobwebs, jumped at by a warehouse associate dressed as a decomposing body, or tripping over a gigantic bowl of Reese’s Pieces (a personal favorite, luckily).

With that: Here are some favorites (and the Rio Halloween contest winners)!

The inclusion of this one will come as no surprise:

Tara’s boys, Nigel and Ollie, as jailbirds (jaildogs?)

Honorable mention goes to Print Marketing’s rock stars.

And the contest winners are...
FUNNIEST:

Duane’s Baby, napping in a hopper.

Sleep well, sweet prince.

SCARIEST:

Jaime’s Scarecrow and the rest of the super-creepy accounting team

In real life, she has a very nice smile.

Jaime and the rest of accounting, as Batman’s Rogues gallery!

MOST ORIGINAL:

Renee’s origami gypsy

 

in the bottom-left corner, you can see her paper fortune teller

BEST TEAM COSTUMES:

Customer care’s Cantina…OF THE DEAD!

Have a spooky night!

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Rio Grande vs. the Forces of Evil: Protect Yourself with Jewelry Tools

Oct 29, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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All Hallow’s Eve is upon us! A mere two days until the dead rise, the coffins empty, the werewolves go feral, and the costumed-children come to steal your hard-earned candy. So what can one jewelry-maker do to make it through the night? Never fret, true believer: Rio is here for you, and we’ve got a frightening number of products that’ll keep you safe and sound during the vicious monster onslaught!

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The Little Black Dress of Jewelry: Using Kliar E-Coating Black Finish

Oct 25, 2012
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Are common metal patinas not giving you a deep enough black or wearing off too quickly? Well, here’s the answer to your problems: Kliar E-Coating! By using the electroplating process followed by E-Coating, you now can achieve a dark jet black that is abrasion-resistant and will keep your jewelry painted black for a long time to come.

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

Oct 24, 2012
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Molly Therese Bell

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, Laura Burbaker, has won a $10 Rio credit, and January’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Video Project with Bill Fretz: Making Cool Cuffs with his Sweet Stakes

Oct 22, 2012
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Yvonne M. Padilla

Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing a video project which features the ever-brilliant Bill Fretz forming a concave cuff bracelet using his new Silversmith’s Forming Stakes and a brass blank. Enjoy!

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Rio Superstar: Gregg Burgard is Featured in Ornament Magazine

Oct 18, 2012
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Heather Apodaca
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You just never know who you are going to meet in the halls around Rio Grande! Our building is filled with award-winning jewelers, manufacturing gurus who can build machines that do just about anything, savvy marketing experts, and many more! In order to introduce you to some of these amazing folks, we’re kicking-off a series called Rio Superstars. We begin this series with an introduction to Gregg Burgard, Rio Tech Support team member and phenomenal bench jeweler!

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2013 Saul Bell Design Award: First-Round Judging Results in 30 Finalists!

Oct 17, 2012
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Molly Therese Bell

The 2013 Saul Bell Design Award call-for entries campaign was kicked-off months ago, and just last week, a panel of discerning and impressive first-round judges gathered at Albuquerque’s historic Hotel Andaluz to spend an entire day scrutinizing hundreds of entries, conferring with one another, and finally selecting five finalists in each of the competitions categories! Check out The Studio today to learn more.

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In the Spotlight: Darla Alvarez of The Gilded Artisan Redesigns Vintage

Oct 15, 2012
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Guest contributor Darla Alvarez, of The Gilded Artisan in Colorado, uses 21st century CAD and rapid prototyping technology to reinterpret a handcrafted family heirloom from generations past. Read about her process and take a look at her stunning results!

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Book Excerpt: A Project from Contemporary Metal Clay Rings by Hattie Sanderson

Oct 12, 2012
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Hattie Sanderson
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Have you heard about Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, the new book by well-known artist and teacher, Hattie Sanderson? Earlier this week on the Studio, we reviewed this must-have gem and today we’re privileged to share a step-by-step Interchangeable Spinner Ring project directly from Hattie’s new book! What better way to get a sneak peek of a great new book?

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Carving Wax Metal Clay Molds: A Video with Mark Nelson and an Upcoming PMC® Class with Barbara Becker Simon!

Oct 10, 2012
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Molly Therese Bell

Do you love to create surface texture in your Precious Metal Clay pieces? Today, we’re featuring an inspiring video with Mark Nelson, in which he shares his techniques for transferring texture to metal clay pieces. If the video leaves you wanting more, you can also join an upcoming Intermediate PMC class with Barbara Becker Simon!

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