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31 posts by Shelby Chant

With an Orion pulse arc welder you can fabricate everything from small jewelry pieces to larger hollowware works, make repairs without the mess of solder, and join dissimilar metals. Learn more by checking out a recent blog post from our friends over at Metalwerx Studio and, if you’re in Massachusetts later this month, learn to pulse arc weld at Metalwerx with our very own Sessin Durgham!


Non-profit organization, Jewelers for Children makes significant and lasting improvements to the lives of children throughout this country and around the world. Check out The Studio today to learn more and consider making a hassle-free, tax-deductible contribution, ensuring children get the critical support they need. Every dollar makes a difference and, together, our contributions make a positive, substantive and lasting difference in children’s lives.


Ashli Brooke Taylor created her Baroque-inspired Copper Pendant using the Bonny Doon hydraulic press. This innovative and powerful tool allowed her to direct all hydraulic energy on the design rather than expending her own physical energy on forming the metal with a hammer. After you see Ashli’s beautiful results, you’ll be asking yourself what YOU can do with a Bonny Doon!


Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning!


Today, on The Studio, be inspired by a collection of great jewelry projects for fall/winter, then head over to our latest contest on Pinterest, our “Show Us Your Fall/Winter Fashion Trends” contest! You can win $50, $100, or $200 in credit with us here at Rio Grande. Imagine what you can make with that! And hurry, our deadline is August 15!


This July, renowned bench jeweler and educator Blaine Lewis is coming to Rio Grande to teach stone-setting. Join us and expand your jewelry know-how for two unforgettable back-to-back classes here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


The countdown continues…we’re just a couple of weeks away from recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at JCK Las Vegas. Today, we’re catching up with metal clay artist and two-time winner Gordon K. Uyehara.


It’s that time of year! In just over a month, we will be recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at a gala dinner during JCK Las Vegas. Until then, The Studio is visiting with past winners to report on what they’ve been up to. In today’s post Shelby chats with Chihiro Makio whose work has been inspiring us since 2003!

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In this second installment of Rio’s Soldering Video Series, Mark Nelson will help you with the basics of jewelry soldering set-up and cover some techniques to keep you safe as you’re soldering!

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In this first installment of Rio’s Soldering Video Series, Mark Nelson will tell you about the differences between hard and soft soldering and then you’ll see an insert from GIA – Gemological Institute of America that explains exactly what takes place during soldering.

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