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

We take Halloween seriously at Rio Grande! Take a look at our contest winners!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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?

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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