Jewelers get ready—spring is coming! If you create wedding jewelry or you'd like to, outdoor woodsy weddings are all the rage! Weddings with a rustic chic, vintage revival, or country romantic theme are popping up everywhere. This inspiring outdoorsy theme is all about nature—organic textures and simple, handmade adornments, décor, and accessories.
You might see hay bales instead of pews, branching treetops instead of vaulted ceilings, polished tree slabs instead of pillows for the momentous exchange of rings. Instead of a unity candle, couples might plant a tree. And with the advent of idea sites like Pinterest, this wedding style has endless creative potential. It is a craftsperson’s dream-come-true! Pinner Megan Beachy has a Barn Wedding board on Pinterest that showcases a bucketload of charming ideas.
To capture the essence of this rustic wedding theme, think flowers, butterflies, lace, and linen. Peacock feathers, bronze, and cotton…and the list goes on. It is all about elegant and natural details.
Now is the best time to get started on your rustic wedding jewelry projects. For your rustic wedding jewelry displays, we suggest neutral colors with lots of texture such as Rio’s linen displays.
For wedding jewelry and display inspiration, visit Rio Grande on Pinterest. Our Wedding Jewelry and Supplies and Jewelry Displays boards can give you ideas for your own business. But be careful, Pinterest is highly addictive. There should be a warning: This site contains ideas that will ignite your creative spirit and motivate your imagination.
Let us know where you go for inspiration, whether it is a quiet spot in the mountains or the depths of the blogosphere! Wherever you go, we’d love to hear about it here at The Studio.
Today Amy visited several of the bustling classrooms here at Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop. Some participants were quiet and intensely focused on trying new techniques. Others worked in a happy cacophony of clanging and then paused to examine their progress. Rio Grande is wonderful place to be this week—learning and discovery is all around us! Maybe today’s photo tour will get you planning your trip to the Land of Enchantment for next year’s Winter Workshop....Read the Rest
Rio Grande’s annual Winter Workshop starts this Sunday, and we are busy setting up benches, cameras for close-ups of instructors’ work, Foredom® flex shafts, anvils, 3DESIGN® software–you name it! Follow our excitement this week as we bring you highlights of this GREAT event where participants hone their skills with some of the very best teachers in the industry, mingle and crowd around workbenches in the demonstration area, exchange jewelry-making experiences and tips, bond with each other over wonderful meals, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio’s facilities....Read the Rest
Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Great Vibrations—Efficient and Effective Jewelry Finishing with a Vibratory Tumbler
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....Read the Rest
Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Doing a Jewelry Trade Show—You’ve Been Accepted, Now Prepare!
In Part Two of Marlene Richey’s multi-part series on “Doing a Show,” she helps you prepare for your first big wholesale or retail show! Good preparation is key to a great outcome and Marlene has the experience and wisdom to break it down for you! Grab a notebook and get ready to take some notes and then knock some socks off at your first (or your next) big show!...Read the Rest
Valentine’s Day is just a month away. Do you need some quick but elegant solutions to please your customers? We’ll make it easy by sharing some favorite romantic selections from our heart-themed jewelry products. Get ready to swoon!...Read the Rest
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....Read the Rest
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!...Read the Rest
Today on our YouTube channel, Rio Grande posted a new instructional jewelry making video all about Jett Sett Fixturing Compound. Need an easy-to-use, flexible ring clamp, or need to hold a pavé setting in place? Jett Sett can do that. Want to make a custom handle for your tools? Jett Sett can conform to the shape of your hand to ease and improve your grip. How about a texturing tool for metal clay? Jett Sett can do that too. In fact, Jett Sett is a versatile tool that can be used in countless creative ways at your jeweler’s bench. And even better, it’s reusable!...Read the Rest
If you’re a regular reader of The Studio, then you know that we’ve featured dozens of videos over the years. But did you know that all of these videos (and hundreds more!) are on Rio Grande’s YouTube channel? Since 2009, our dedicated in-house video production team has scripted, directed, filmed, edited, and uploaded new, fun, and highly informative jewelry-making videos for you, our customer, to Rio’s channel. In 2013, we added more than 100 videos and reached the 5 million views mark! See a few of our favorites on The Studio today....Read the Rest