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45 posts by Heather Apodaca
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What place does hand-rendering your designs have in a jeweler’s process? Can putting pencil to paper really benefit a jeweler in the digital age? Jewelry designer Rémy Rotenier believes that hand-drawn designs help jewelers and designers connect with clients, plot out new designs, and encourage sales in retail settings. He has taught the art of hand-rendering jewelry for years and now, thanks to his new two-course instructional DVD series, you can learn from him too!

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1,744 comments, 639 posts, 53 authors, 5 years and 1 awesome community of jewelers. That’s the history of The Studio, by the numbers. Today marks our 640th and final post, and we are both sad to say goodbye and excited about what’s next…

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Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.

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Each year we look back over the landscape of articles we wrote and try to pinpoint five of our readers’ favorites: The ones that drew the most eyes, the ones you spent the most time with, the ones that generated the most interest on social media. And each year, after Google has finished crunching the numbers for us, we are surprised and delighted to discover the five that made the cut. Here they are, Studio readers, your top five posts of 2014!

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A 2013 Forbes survey found that “those customers who had customized a product online engaged more with the company. They visited its website more frequently, stayed on the page longer and were more loyal to the brand.” How can you, as a jeweler, tap into this craving for personalized goods? Read on and consider the myriad ways you can tap into this trend and make things personal!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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Today we present the second in our series of four posts about fall 2014 jewelry trends. By contrast with classic pearls, which we featured as our inaugural trend, today’s post switches gears and explores the pearl’s counterpoint: an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.

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According to the Spring 2015 Pantone Color Report, there’s a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. Jewelers can and should use the report as a reference tool. Whether selecting a bead or enamel shade for a single piece or choosing a display or packaging theme for the entire season, it is helpful to know the palette consumers will be looking for in the coming months. Check out our Pantone-inspired picks!

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Joe Silvera, of the Silvera Jewelry School, was here at Rio Grande in August to teach a class on soldering gold-and silver-filled metals for our Summer Workshop Series. Heather Apodaca joined Joe’s 2-day class and learned to make a simple ring project using faceted round wire. In today’s post, Heather shares step-by-step instructions for making this simple eye-catching ring!

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Seasonal trends can be hard to nail down and staying on top of them is a daunting task for a jeweler busy at the bench. But, like it or not, trends will drive your customers’ behavior, and having your hammer on their pulse can translate directly into sales. Today, on The Studio, see four of the fall season’s biggest trends and bring them from the catwalk to your jewelry bench.

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