Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu of Hsu Studios are in the spotlight at The Studio today. See how they create pieces with lively movement and vibrant color by turning anodized aluminum into contemporary jewelry, wall art, and mobiles.
Jewelers, have you considered using a card reader to accept credit card payments from interested customers when you’re on the road? Check out our latest blog post and find out about the great success jeweler Deb Strecansky of Sky Designs has experienced in her business using the Square with her smart phone.
Rio recently introduced new WHITE COPPRclay to its line of base metal clays, and every clay artist in the building could hardly wait to work with it. After giving him some time to experiment, we cornered Rio Grande metal clay artist and Tech Team member Thomas Flores and asked him what he’s discovered about this exciting new color of COPPRclay. Read about his experiences today at The Studio.
Here at Rio, we all strive to do business in ways that honor our customers, community, environment, and one another. Saul Bell founded the company back in 1944 as a small family-run business and, though it has grown to have more than 300 employees and is now a proud member of the Berkshire-Hathaway family of companies, the company is still run by members of the Bell family, and it still feels like a family affair. Recently, we were surprised and elated to be recognized by The Samaritan Counseling Center as a recipient of one of its 15th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. The award is based on “high standards and exemplary practices,” something Rio Grande strives for every day of the year.
Rio Grande Winter Workshop 2014 is underway and we are having so much fun with our guests from around the globe! Today Amy chatted with participant Dana Schneider, a jewelry designer whose name is on the minds of every costume designer in the L.A. film scene. Dana’s creations can be seen in multiple films, on television, and are worn by some of the most famous performers in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look and be inspired by Dana’s fun story, then come back all week as we bring you other highlights from Winter Workshop 2014!
Today on our YouTube channel, Rio Grande posted a new instructional jewelry making video all about Jett Sett Fixturing Compound. Need an easy-to-use, flexible ring clamp, or need to hold a pavé setting in place? Jett Sett can do that. Want to make a custom handle for your tools? Jett Sett can conform to the shape of your hand to ease and improve your grip. How about a texturing tool for metal clay? Jett Sett can do that too. In fact, Jett Sett is a versatile tool that can be used in countless creative ways at your jeweler’s bench. And even better, it’s reusable!
In today’s video, see how to easily add touches of 22 karat gold to your PMC and other silver designs with Aura 22 Gold Solution. The result is a permanent, natural, fluid-looking layer of gold that is substantially thicker than electroplating.
On Saturday, November 23, the 2013 Montezuma Ball will hold an auction to benefit several worthy New Mexico non-profits . It will be an evening with a gorgeous, historically rich theme, The Year of Turquoise. The name and the cause lured Molly Bell, a Rio Grande director and daughter of founder Saul Bell, to dig into an old family treasure and elicit the talents of exquisite local jewelry artist, Shane R. Hendren.
Holiday shopping season is around the corner! Are you ready to show off your jewelry? I mean, really ready? It takes some assessment and house cleaning to position your beautiful line of jewelry in the best possible light. To help you get the most from your displays this season we’re sharing a helpful checklist of display and packaging details and then a great video with Mark Nelson which features even more display tips and ideas.
Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing three necklace projects from Rio’s Winter Fashion Trends Project page. These necklaces hearken back to the black and white style of the Roaring ’20s. In long lengths, they swing on dancers, sway in casual conversation, and accentuate the neck of the wearer, already fashionably exposed by the short, sassy bob hairstyle of the era. Be inspired by these and ALL the projects on our Fashion Trends webpage and see where they take your own designs!
Sometimes the very place where a gemstone would go is the place where a jeweler puts another kind of gem instead: a resin medium that holds mementos, art, and keepsakes. Today’s blog post features three resin projects, all available free on the jewelry making project page of Rio’s website. Our own Shelby Chant shows us how much fun it can be to create elegant and one-of-a-kind resin jewelry.
Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!