So much more than mere chemistry, mokumé gane is a fusion of two or more metals that, when manipulated by skilled hands, creates intriguing patterned stock coveted by jewelry designers and collectors alike. Americans such as Phillip Baldwin, founder of Shining Wave Metals, are t[...]
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.
Bead stringing can be as simple as making a macaroni and yarn necklace or as complex as stringing an intricate diamond bead necklace. In today's Tech Tidbits, Mark Nelson covers some great bead-stringing basics and not-so-basics!
It’s finally here, Kliar Extreme Black E-Coating! Now you can achieve a really dark jet-black finish on your pieces. If Kliar Black is the little black dress of jewelry, this Kliar Extreme Black is the black leather catsuit of jewelry!
Self-taught gem carver and visionary jewelry artist Glenn Lehrer's latest creation, the TorusRing™ gemstone explodes the familiar model of the "expected" gem cut. Inspired by the torus, one of nature's most prevalent forms, this cut itself creates a torus. His gorgeous gemstone[...]
Findings are the cool little do-dads that you use to make the stuff you love to make. In today's Tech Tidbit, Mark Nelson demystifies many of the findings found on a typical jeweler's bench. Check it out! You may learn something new.
Knowing how to choose the correct hardness of sheet and wire metals for your jewelry techniques and designs helps you achieve the good-looking, long-lasting results you want. In today's post, Eddie Bell and Mark Nelson share some of what they know about metal hardness. Take a loo[...]
Every January, we ask fellow jewelers what their favorite jewelry-making purchase was for the previous year. Sometimes, it’s a hammer or a saw; other times it’s an iPad for designing, diamonds for setting, even a ladder for building a new studio. Check out 2012’s list of fa[...]
Kliar E-Coating is a great way to protect your jewelry with a transparent protective coat, or an easy way to add a splash of color. In today's post, Ashli Brooke Taylor from Rio's Tech Team shares quick and easy tricks to give you professional results.
The J-2R casting machines—packed with advanced technology—are affordable, space-conscious, and among the easiest casting systems to set up, use, and maintain. Read on to find out the top ten reasons to treat your business to a brand new J-2R. . .