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Blogs We Love: PMC Sterling™ Grab Bag

Feb 22, 2012
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PMC Sterling™: It’s metal clay, and it’s sterling—what more is there to know? Lots!

There are some fantastic jewelers out there who've been putting this new metal clay through its paces and blogging about what they’ve learned. Here are a few posts you’ll definitely want to check out:

Celie Fago made this ring to test strength in open work pieces and also attachments like the little balls, which she attached with slip.

Celie Fago

Celie is a teacher, an author, a metalsmith, and a respected metal clay innovator.

Check out her post on testing the new PMC Sterling and also don't miss her post, More on PMC Sterling: Keum-Boo and Soldering, wherein she troubleshoots the use of keum-boo on PMC Sterling pieces.

Janet Alexander

On this ring, Janet Alexander experiments with soldering PMC Sterling.

Janet is metal artist and instructor with decades of experience who writes in wonderful detail about the specific questions she has regarding this material.

In her PMC Sterling Silver Report post, Janet investigates many questions, including:

  • How well does it rehydrate?
  • How well does it grind up?
  • Can I add copper wire as a decorative object?
  • Can I complete granulation on SS Clay?

In her Testing Sterling Silver Clay Again post, Janet experiments with channel-setting stones in a hollow PMC Sterling™ ring. She thoughtfully records all her findings on her blog and she inspires us!

Wanaree Tanner

Wanaree is a writer and a self-taught metal clay artist who has some gorgeous projects on her blog:

Wanaree Tanner's pierced PMC Sterling metal clay ring.

In her post about her Pierced PMC Sterling Clay Ring, Wanaree shares techniques for working with PMC Sterling™  with texture sheets.

There are a lot of great jewelry-making blogs out there. Got a favorite? Share it with us in the comments.

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2012 Saul Bell Design Award First Round Judging: The Spectacular Finalists Unveiled!

Dec 12, 2011
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It’s official, we have finalists! Our esteemed Saul Bell Design Award judges have completed round one of judging. Take a look at the spectacular finalists!

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Thanks for Giving!

Nov 24, 2011
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During this Thanksgiving holiday, Rio Grande is teaming up with our customers to help Ganoksin –host of the Orchid Jewelry forums –as they recover from devastating flooding at their headquarters in Thailand. Read on to learn how you can help too…

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Young Emerging Artists: Accept the Saul Bell Design Award Challenge!

Sep 15, 2011
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The Emerging Artist portion of the Saul Bell Design Award competition—for young, aspiring jewelry designers—plays by its own rules. Find out everything you need to know to accept the challenge. . .

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CAD at the Bench: Talking with Scott Patrick

Sep 14, 2011
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Scott has been at the bench designing and carving models in wax for 38 years and counting. Impressive, I know. He’s done production work, custom design, manufacturing for other designers, you name it. What really amazes me is now naturally he has incorporated computer-aided design (CAD) into his work as the technology has emerged over the years. . .

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Robin Waynee: First Place Winner of 2010 Saul Bell Design Award Competition

May 30, 2011
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Today we have a video clip featuring Robin Waynee of Chimayo, New Mexico. Robin was the 2010 winner in the Silver/Argentium® Silver category. . .

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Welcome

Oct 27, 2010
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Welcome to The Studio—it’s a busy place, but there’s always room for one more. Come on in! This is our place to share stories, insights, questions and ideas with all our friends in the jewelry world.

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