We are pleased to present this project, excerpted from Nancy Megan Corwin’s book, Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern. In the book, Ms. Corwin takes the reader on a marvelous tour of chasing and repousse, including the tools, techniques, and history behind this vi[...]
Promoting and selling jewelry on Facebook can be a great addition to your online jewelry business. Here are some basic tips on where to begin from the team behind Rio Grande’s own Facebook Fan Page.
We are pleased to partner with Lark Books and author Sara Jayne Cole to bring you this excerpt from Sara’s recently published book, Metal Clay Origami Jewelry. In the book, Sara combines the worlds of origami with metal clay to achieve fun and interesting results. The book open[...]
The jeweler's saw is a fundamental jewelry-making tool. It's one of the first and most important tools found on every jeweler’s bench. At the same time this tool is different for each jeweler. If you take a quick look at the Rio Tools catalog you'll see over two pages of jewele[...]
While Rio Grande’s Catalog In Motion was underway here at Rio Grande, I spent a day with Bill Fretz, creator of the Fretz line of metalsmith’s hammers and miniature stakes. The inspiration for the miniature stakes that launched the line came from a quantity of unusual[...]
Here in Tech Support some of the most interesting, fun, and challenging parts of our job is to evaluate and review new tools and equipment. But we don't just review tools, we're also constantly searching for new and innovative techniques that we can share with fellow jewelers. Th[...]
We were thrilled when Phil Poirier bought Bonny Doon Engineering in 2006, not only because his career as both a jeweler and a tool-maker made him the perfect person to take over Bonny Doon, but also because his workshop is in Taos, New Mexico, just a few hours north of us. We've [...]
What's happening is that most of the low-quality, inexpensive rubies now being sold in the market are not just "treated rubies" but something altogether different--a mixture of low-quality corundum infused with lead-glass. The amount of lead-glass present in the stones now in the[...]
“BAM!” is what Emeril the chef says on his cooking show. And “BAM!” is what I felt when I saw the price of silver top the $30 mark on Monday. Lately, listening to the news has seemed surreal. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has been quoted about “fear[...]
Over the years, Bill Fretz has attended many trade shows and demonstrated all the different Fretz hammers and their uses. At those shows, he's answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. In this post, Bill outlines how his enormously popular planishi[...]
You need a dust collector for two reasons: Health Money First off, even working outside, you can’t avoid breathing in airborne debris, some of which may be toxic. With the right collector and a well-maintained filter, you can see to it that your work environment is not a h[...]
The idea of performing maintenance on a flex shaft sounds like an overwhelming task. Here are some instructions to provide guidelines about when, why, and how you can do routine maintenance on the Foredom flex shaft...