Until now, jewelers sometimes found working with rhodium plating solutions to be challenging because of the fairly precise settings needed to ensure a crisp, bright-white, professional result. But, have you heard? Legor® and MIDAS® have combined their expertise in metals and pl[...]
Here at Rio Grande, on November 14 and 15, Bill Seeley will teach the class, Anodizing Reactive Metals: Niobium and Titanium. Consider yourself warned: you may fall in love with expressing yourself through coloration of lightweight, low-cost niobium and titanium. And in today's p[...]
Sometimes the very place where a gemstone would go is the place where a jeweler puts another kind of gem instead: a resin medium that holds mementos, art, and keepsakes. Today's blog post features three resin projects, all available free on the jewelry making project page of Rio'[...]
Shine up your jewelry pieces quickly and easily using a magnetic finisher. Did you know a magnetic finisher takes half the time of a traditional rotary tumbler with stainless steel shot? Magnetic finishers are extremely fast and efficient, offer a great way to remove tarnish and [...]
This week, the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention 2013 is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico. OrigamiUSA will take place October 3 – 7, and Sara Jayne Cole, a PMC origami expert and guest contributor here at The Studio, will be teaching there. In anticipation of this exciting e[...]
The Now That's a Jig!™ wire-wrapping system, invented by jewelry artist and wire wrangler Brenda Schweder, is an ingenious tool that gives you consistent, smooth wire-wrapped results every time. You can create gorgeous, original chain links, ear wires, clasps, and more using th[...]
When Phil Poirier, of Bonny Doon Engineering, showed his new urethane hammer to Eddie Bell, vice president of manufacturing at Rio Grande, Eddie was immediately excited by its possibilities for jewelry-making and said, “Man, that’s a hydraulic hammer!” Although the Bonny Do[...]
Today, world-renowned jewelry designer and instructor Ronda Coryell demonstrates some great techniques, tips, and tricks for working with Argentium Silver. Don't miss a chance to learn more about this remarkable metal from the best of the best!
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[...]
Designed by Bill Fretz, the Fretz Jeweler's Sledge Hammer is ideal for forging heavy wire, rod, or sheet. Today, on The Studio, Bill makes a striking twist forged bracelet using his workhorse sledge hammer.
“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.