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What Are You Working on Now? Show us Your Metal Clay for a Chance to Win!

Jul 4, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Introducing the Metal Clay Edition of the WWoN? Contest!

Well folks, it's time for another What Are You Working on Now? Contest, but this month there's a twist! This is your chance to share pictures of metal clay creations that are unfolding on your bench. If you are the chosen winner, your work will be spotlighted on The Studio in August and (BONUS!) you'll win a 30g package of WHITE COPPRclay™—an exciting chance to get your hands on this awesome new clay from Metal Adventures!

WHITE COPPRclay™ Two-Tone Appliqué Earrings Project by Yvonne M. Padilla, WHITE COPPRclay designs showing a variety of finishing options.

Left to rightCOPPRclay™ Two-Tone Appliqué Earrings Project by Yvonne M. Padilla; WHITE COPPRclay designs showing a variety of finishing options.

This contest is open it to ALL metal clay designs. Here are the simple guidelines:

  1. To enter, leave a comment right here in the comments on THIS BLOG POST.
  2. In your comment, share one or more photos of a metal clay creation from your bench in ANY state of completion. Your piece can be made with ANY type of metal clay (WHITE COPPRclay, BRONZclay, COPPRclay, PMC+ Silver Clay, etc—you get the idea!).
  3. Tell us a little about your approach or technique. Describe how this piece came to be and give us some context. Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. Be sure to give us your FULL NAME and include a link to your blog, website, and Etsy store (if you have one). We want a chance to see more examples of your work!
  5. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has properly uploaded. We don't want to miss your pic!

The contest deadline is August 5, 2014 at midnight—reminders will be posted on Rio's Facebook page, so visit us often! Enter and you might be basking in The Studio spotlight this time next month and playing with your new batch of WHITE COPPRclay 

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Seamless Summer Rings with the Bonny Doon Split-Die Ring-Forming Kit!

Jul 3, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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It’s hot outside!! In these temperatures, chunky necklaces and bracelets are shed in favor of simpler choices—like lightweight, easy-to-wear rings! Use the Bonny Doon Split-Die Ring-Forming Kit to create perfect, summertime rings, every time. Today, on The Studio, Phil Poirier demonstrates this ingenious tool—watch and then dream up your own line of summertime rings!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Meet the Winners!

Jun 12, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Take a closer look at the boundary-breaking design of the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition winners. Today’s post showcases all fifteen extraordinary winners and gives you some insight into their techniques, materials, and creative approach. Here are the spectacular winners. . .

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Stay Tuned for Our Special May Contest!

Apr 24, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials are on your bench? It’s another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, and once again we’re inviting readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. This month’s winner, Alex Anderson, has won a $20 Rio credit and a moment in the spotlight! Now June’s WWoN? contest has officially begun and on May 1, here at The Studio, we’ll announce details about a contest in honor of Gold Month. Come show us your stuff!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our April Contest!

Mar 27, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Felicia Cinquegrana, has won a $20 Rio credit, and April’s contest has officially begun. Show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: Spectacular Finalists Unveiled

Mar 13, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.

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Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 Final-Round Judging!

Mar 5, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Just a few days ago, a group of five esteemed judges gathered to share their expertise, scrutinize, and score the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Take a look behind-the-scenes as we inch closer to the gala awards event, here in Albuquerque this May, which will honor the extraordinary winners of this international celebration of the best in jewelry design.

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our March Contest!

Feb 19, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Megan Moss, has won a $20 Rio credit, and March’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our February Contest!

Jan 22, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Roberta Althiser, has won a $10 Rio credit, and February’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Video How-To with Mark Nelson: Creating Texture with Gilding and Reticulation

Jan 9, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

Reticulation is a technique that presents a beautifully patterned surface finish, which lends itself well to a wide variety of jewelry designs. Eager to experiment with reticulation? Today The Studio features a how-to video, in which Mark Nelson demonstrates ways to use this technique to achieve unexpected and wonderful texture.

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