Rio’s Diana and Jeff take a trip to one of their favorite vendors, Swanstrom Tools in Wisconsin. Cheese curds, disc cutters and a mad scientist were involved. . .
Archives for November 2012
Put the kettle on, have some flapjacks, stay in your pajamas, and check out awesome deals on fantastic products from Rio’s Closeout and Outlet page!
This year, in the tragic wake of destruction that Hurricane Sandy left behind, the good people of CERF+ (the Craft Emergency Relief Fund) have been making great strides in helping artists, arts organizations, and other affected creatives get back on their feet. Read on to learn how you might be able to lend a hand or receive assistance. . .
When the idea first hits that you would like to sell some of your hand-crafted jewelry, it seems like a natural progression from taking your hobby, passion, art, and skills to the next step: A business. You are creating so many wonderful pieces and all your friends and family have more than enough jewelry to last a couple of lifetimes. Since everyone loves your work, you think, why not start selling it? In today’s post, Marlene Richey gives you an exciting challenge that will start you on the road to business success: Answer ten questions that will help you define and clarify your jewelry-business goals!
Yvonne M. Padilla, one of Rio’s beloved in-house jewelry artists, recently chatted with Heather Apodaca for our ongoing Rio Superstars series. In today’s interview Yvonne talks about the evolution of her career as an award-winning jewelry designer and BRONZclay™ expert. She also shares images of her diverse and beautiful work!
Rio is excited to announce a brand new blog series written especially for you by Marlene Richey, all-around business-savvy and creativity guru! Marlene offers a well-rounded and much-needed perspective on how being an artist and an entrepreneur can go hand-in-hand and we’re thrilled to have her as a contributor on The Studio!
We came across Vicki Pellegrini’s Etsy store, AlegraJewelry, because we have something really cool in common: we both LOVE Argentium® Silver! In today’s Etsy Stores We Love post, we’re spotlighting Vicki’s beautiful Argentium® pieces. Take a look and be inspired!
We pay a lot of attention to making beautiful jewelry, but a piece can only look as appealing as the photographs that are taken of it. Here are a few photography tips from our in-house experts to help improve the look of your work in print (or on screen)!
Knowing the hardness of any metal or alloy is important, as this value gives you an indication of its ability to form and maintain a shape and is also a guide to its durability. The hardness value of a metal can be correlated to other properties such as tensile strength and in general, the harder a silver alloy is, the stronger it is and the more resistant it is to wear and scratching. In today’s post, Charles Allenden, of Argentium International, shares valuable wisdom about metal harness that will benefit all bench jewelers!