Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson writes: One day, my need to hold a particularly odd piece was too much to ignore, so (necessity being the mother of invention) I figured out a neat way to modify my GRS Benchmate by attaching our universal work holder to it. Here is how I did it [...]
Currently there are more options for gravers and handles than there have ever been. GRS has many versions on the market. But sometimes you just want to know how to get the graver itself into the handle! In today's post, Mark Nelson offers terrific advice about successful graver [...]
What's your favorite color? Recently, Lisa Juen blogged about her favorite shade of HOT PINK and her fantasy of one day owning a kiln in that perfect shade of pink. What followed was a twitter conversation with Rio and before we all knew it, a HOT PINK kiln was on special order f[...]
Jewelers have been soldering on charcoal blocks as a refectory material for centuries. Although it’s not the only type of soldering block on Mark Nelson's bench, they have several benefits. In today's post, Mark covers many of the benefits and drawbacks of this simple, useful t[...]
On a recent silly day, I was chatting with fellow blog contributor Spencer Baum, and Spencer said that he “would totally wear” a belt buckle made out of a Nintendo game controller. Without even thinking about it, I piped up and said “Hey! I’ll make one for you!” The con[...]
When Phil Poirier designed the Bonny Doon Hammer, he was thinking about the ideal tools for anticlastic and synclastic raising. Since debuting the hammer at last year’s SNAG Conference, we have found that it is capable of much more than that.
Tried Bur-Life® yet? Here are the top five reasons why you must try the original tool lubricant!
It’s time for our next installment of Tech Tidbits! In case you haven’t heard, the members of Rio’s Tech Support team have been sharing tips, tricks and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Here are a few of the latest!
Would you like to learn more about gold casting options? Today, The Studio is featuring an Eddie's Tips article that sheds light on the difference between using gold casting grain --already alloyed to the desired color and karat --and alloying fine gold and master alloy yourself [...]
Have you heard? Our Tech Support team is on Facebook! And every Tuesday they share tips, tricks, and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Today's collected tidbits are gems, so be sure to head over to The Studio and bring a pencil to take some notes![...]
Top-drilled? Side-drilled? Up-drilled? Down-drilled? What the heck?? Every jewelry-related website seems to have its own way of defining or describing how a bead is drilled. Here’s a quick visual guide to how Rio Grande describes its drill styles. We hope it helps you quickly [...]
Ever wonder why your order for however-many ounces of wire is always a little over or under what you ordered? The simple answer is: tolerances. Tolerances are developed to fit manufacturing capabilities and, while it is possible—even standard—to have tight (close) tolerances,[...]