You’ve been told you need a rectifier and you’re thinking, “What on earth is a rectifier and why do I need one?” Ashli Brooke Taylor is here to explain how a rectifier can help you electroplate, electroform, electrocoat, and anodize metals safely and with reliable results.
Both chemical and electro-etching can be used by jewelers to add fine, detailed patterns and drawings to their designs. In today’s post, Ashli Brooke Taylor compares these two jewelry etching methods and gives you the information you need to dive in and get etching!
The best way to defeat tarnish is to prevent it. There are several products that can help you achieve this. And when tarnish has already taken over a piece, there are several ways to remove it. Ashli Brooke Taylor shares her favorite tarnish-preventing and tarnish-removing tips and products!
Rolling mills are great tools to have in any jewelry shop. They provide quick and efficient ways to roll out metal stock as well as countless ways to texture, pattern, and rework your metal creations. Once you’ve selected your rolling mill (or even if you’ve had one for years) this post includes some great rolling mill tips; from unpacking your mill to regular care that will keep it performing its best for years to come to diving in and using it for a million different jewelry-making tasks!
The rolling mill will prove to be a “must-have” tool in any shop…and choosing the right mill for your needs is essential. In today’s post on The Studio, Rio Grande tech team member and creator of wicked-cool jewelry designs Ashli Brooke Taylor shares some great information about how to go about choosing the mill that’s right for you!
Anodizing is a simple and fun way to add color to your niobium work. What, you don’t work in niobium?? Why not? Niobium is hypoallergenic and naturally silver-gray with an extraordinary capacity to take on color using nothing more than a micro anodizer and a cup of electrolyte.
In this fourth installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, she introduces us to Avalon Centrifugal tumblers. Avalon tumblers are easy to operate and provide a remarkably quick and consistent jewelry finish. They also eliminate media impingement (surface deformation or dimpling) that can be caused by certain media in other finishers. Check out this and ALL of Ashli’s tumbler posts to find the right tumbler for your needs!
In this third installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli explains how you can use a vibratory finisher to create the finish you want on your jewelry pieces in less time and for a lower overall cost. Vibratory finishers are ideal for abrasive cut-down processes, as well as for burnishing and polishing tasks. Is a vibratory tumbler right for you? Visit The Studio to take a look at this and ALL of Ashli’s Tumbler Series—her helpful expertise will demystify your tumbling options and guide you to your ideal choice.
This is a busy time of year for our Technical Support team as we talk to jewelers about a new process, help them through a jewelry-making challenge, and suggest tools and equipment that will make their work at the bench that much more successful. And as we talk about these innovative tools, each and every one of us, as fellow jewelers, can’t help but get a bit giddy about what WE would love to have for our OWN benches this holiday season! Here are some of our favorite and most coveted tools and equipment.
In this second installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli shares her favorite things about Rotary Tumblers. Rotary tumblers are a great, economical way to mass-process jewelry and eliminate the need to work parts individually. They are excellent for burnishing jewelry in hard-to-reach areas, burnishing metal clay creations, removing tarnish from most jewelry, as well as performing abrasive cut-down and polishing processes. Rotary tumblers are simple to use and create some remarkable jewelry finishes with far less effort.
Shine up your jewelry pieces quickly and easily using a magnetic finisher. Did you know a magnetic finisher takes half the time of a traditional rotary tumbler with stainless steel shot? Magnetic finishers are extremely fast and efficient, offer a great way to remove tarnish and other soils, contaminants, and debris that may be caught in recesses, details, undercuts and other hard-to-reach areas of your work. They are also a simple way to create a shiny finish.
Reactive metals such as niobium and titanium offer a new and exciting way to introduce color to jewelry. Through the process of anodizing, a vast range of colors can be achieved. Bill Seeley of Reactive Metals Studio, Inc. will be teaching a two-day Anodizing Niobium and Titanium Class right here at Rio, November 14 & 15. In the meantime, take a look at today’s reactive metals blog post and be sure to visit the Reactive Metals landing page on Rio Grande’s website!