Saw frames. At first glance one looks very similar to the next. But, there are several features that you should consider before purchasing one. Whether you’re new to sawing or you’re a seasoned pro, Yvonne M. Padilla shares her knowledge about saw frames so that you can choos[...]
“Firing is very expensive!” We hear this pretty often. Hmm . . . is it true or false? In this post, find out the truth, and find out how to figure out for yourself how much any given firing program will cost you based on your kiln, your media of choice, and your volume of wor[...]
Looking to inject some vivid color into your jewelry-making process? Get the information you need to dive into anodizing niobium and titanium from this terrific step-by-step video with Bill Seeley, anodizing guru and founder of Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.
You’ve seen both kinds out there, no doubt. Kilns with firebrick interiors and kilns with ceramic fiber interiors--which is better for your metal clay work? Find out the differences between them and the benefits and drawbacks for each, based on the kind of firing you do in your[...]
Once you’re armed with some know-how about choosing a jewelry-making kiln, making a good buying decision becomes so much easier, and you can be far more confident in your decision. In this post, we look at seven of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re[...]
Reactive metals such as niobium and titanium offer a new and exciting way to introduce color to jewelry. Through the process of anodizing, a vast range of colors can be achieved. Bill Seeley of Reactive Metals Studio, Inc. will be teaching a two-day Anodizing Niobium and Titanium[...]
In Choosing Your Burs: Part One, we talked about burs, the various metals they are made of, and discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. In part two, we'll put the bur to the metal! Learn about different types of burs and how they can make your job at the bench[...]
You’ll hear it said many times, "Enameling takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master." Today, The Studio is launching the first in a series of posts by enameling artist MariaElena Baca, that will help you begin to master this vibrant art form. MariaElena begins by cover[...]
Nickel in jewelry? The general public is showing a growing interest in the nickel content of the jewelry they buy. As a result, more and more of Rio Grande’s customers are asking us about the nickel content in our findings and fabrication metals. This is understandable since a[...]
Burs come in different metals, shapes, and sizes. But which one is best for your job? Come with Rio Grande as we explore the world of burs in part one of a two-part series.
In this third installment of Rio’s video series on soldering, Mark Nelson guides you through various torch types, arming you with information that can help you choose the best torch system for your specific job!
Rio Grande recently began offering a wider variety of rose gold and gold-filled findings and has added a line of pink gold and gold-filled sheet and wire. At the same time, though, Rio is not offering any pink gold solders, and customers have been looking for them to use with the[...]