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Knock, Knock: Rio Grande’s 2013 Tools & Equipment Catalog is at Your Door!

Feb 6, 2013
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Now appearing at a bench near you (if it hasn’t already)! Rio Grande’s 2013 Tools & Equipment Catalog has officially debuted and its 754 pages are crammed with thousands of must-haves, really-wants and can’t-live-withouts.

It’s here! The 2013 Tools & Equipment catalog!

Aside from the copious amount of meticulously selected, tried-and-tested products, we here at Rio are especially proud to offer a catalog full of tips and tricks that answer common questions and offer helpful hints from our in-house experts.

Throughout the catalog, you can find detailed tables filled with meticulously researched content, like the buff and compound selection guide (page 363) or the Brown & Sharpe conversion chart (page 160). You can find all these tips listed in their very own "Tip Index" in the back of your catalog (page 751) or you can find them at riogrande.com when you perform a search and click the "Video, Projects, Classes and More" tab.

The actual buff and compound selection guide from the 2013 T&E catalog.

A help page from the catalog full of common conversions, Brown & Sharpe thickness and measurement info.

"Video online" search codes like this one can be found throughout the catalog to help guide you to helpful content on riogrande.com.

Also throughout the catalog, you will find video, project, and search icons to help direct you to related content on the web. Like how to maintain your flex shaft and great ideas for how to create with the Swanstrom Disc Cutter. Of course, our helpful call center agents are always just a phone call away if you have any specific questions or needs.

Once your get your shiny new 2013 Tools & Equipment catalog, dive in, get lost in the pages and be on the lookout for ways to expand your Rio experience to the web. And while you’re at riogrande.com, take some time to leave us some feedback about the catalog or Rio Grande in general. We really, truly appreciate any and all customer feedback.

Haven’t gotten your catalog yet? You can request one online at riogrande.com or call us at 800-545-6566 and we’ll get one on a shipping truck and on your doorstep ASAP.

Keep an eye out for helpful project ideas and more web-based rich content in your 2013 Tools & Equipment catalog.

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On the Road with Rio: The Gems and Minerals Collection at the Smithsonian

Jan 16, 2013
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Come On the Road with Rio’s very own Amy Dalness who recently visited the Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.!

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Make Luxurious (and Light!) Jewelry with Aluminum

Dec 17, 2012
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Aluminum has proven to be extremely valuable for its durability and corrosion resistance. This light-weight metal’s bright finish won’t tarnish or oxidize, and it’s hypoallergenic. Oh, and it’s also light on the pocketbook. Find out why you should add aluminum to your jewelry-making repertoire. . .

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Rio Grande’s Latest Addition: The 2013 Gems & Findings/Display & Packaging Catalog

Sep 5, 2012
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Did the stork arrive at your doorstep yet? You know, the mythical bird bringing the bouncing bundle of joy that is the 2013 Gems & Findings/Display & Packaging catalog? Okay, perhaps the latest Rio catalog is not your baby, but it surely is ours. After seven months of production, thousands of man (and woman!) hours, and hundreds of pots of coffee, the 2013 G&F/D&P catalog came into the world (and hot off the press) on June 20, 2012.

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Cool Tools: Smart Phone Apps for Jewelers

Jun 25, 2012
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Jewelry creation and technology go hand-in-hand. Now that so many people have a smart phone, it makes sense that many jewelers do as well. And of course, that means apps! So if you haven’t already, here is a list of apps you can download to turn your smart phone into one of your most useful bench tools.

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Running ‘Cross the Rio Grande: Rio’s Wellness Program in Action

Mar 28, 2012
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Rio Grande’s Wellness Program has been so successful, that the New Mexico Business Weekly recently named us the winner of New Mexico’s Healthiest Employers for the second year in a row! On top of a 5K every season, Rio offers health fairs, an on-site gym, monthly wellness classes (on topics like heart health and stretching at work), on site Zumba and Yoga classes, and bi-annual health risk assessments including blood pressure screenings. We take wellness seriously! Read today’s post to see our Wellness Program in action with highlights from our recent company-wide 5K run.

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In Business: A Hobbyist’s Guide to Getting Started on Etsy

Jan 23, 2012
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Have you ever considered selling your creations in an Etsy shop of your very own? Rio’s own Amy Dalness just opened her first Etsy shop to do that very thing. Take a look at her tips, information, and encouragement for first-time Etsy sellers!

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Celebrate a Year with Us: Paper Resin Earring Project

Oct 27, 2011
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Since paper is the traditional gift for a one-year anniversary, it seemed fitting to create a piece of jewelry using paper as a tribute to The Studio’s first year as Rio’s blog. Paper is a fun and versatile medium, though not one often thought of when it comes to making jewelry. But with some funky bezel-cup earrings, a Raindrop resin kit. . .

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Rio on the Road: Austin’s 23rd Street Renaissance Artists’ Market

Jul 29, 2011
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The 23rd Street Renaissance Artists’ Market has provided an outlet for local artisans to share their wares since the 1970s. Everything sold within the open-air venue must be handmade, and the creators apply for a City of Austin license to prove it. . .

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Mary Sharp Davis: New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Semi-Precious Jewelry Award Winner

Jul 18, 2011
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One of strengths of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair is its variety. Mary Sharp Davis’ work is an example: she was awarded Best Semi-Precious Jewelry but her booth featured more than just jewelry. . .

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