The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:34:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Visit to Sunstone Butte Mine http://riograndeblog.com/visit-sunstone-butte-mine/ http://riograndeblog.com/visit-sunstone-butte-mine/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:32:46 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20245 I banged my head on the side of the pickup’s cabin as we bounced over an especially deep rut. Dave gestured off to the left, “You can see the claim over on that rise.” At that point, we left the teeth-rattling washboard county road and started down the trail to his mining site. This trail […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Michael Good http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-michael-good/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-michael-good/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:49:22 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20230 “Using primarily the anticlastic principle I try to investigate the most direct and economical forms a plane will assume when it’s edges are stretched and it’s center compressed. Depending on the initial shape of the plane, and the degree of expansion and compression imposed upon it, there appears to be a natural sequential development of […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Auburn Jewelry http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-auburn-jewelry/ http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-auburn-jewelry/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:17:07 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20213 Samantha Levine launched her branded jewelry line, Auburn Jewelry, in 2012. She’s since found a niche in combining sterling silver, 14k gold, and enamel in one-of-a-kind pieces, employing monograms, silhouettes and logos into her necklaces and keychains. She first learned about metalsmithing in high school, and her passion developed when she minored in studio art with a […]

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Inside the Saul Bell Design Award Competition with Kathleen Nowak Tucci http://riograndeblog.com/inside-saul-bell-design-award-competition-kathleen-nowak-tucci/ http://riograndeblog.com/inside-saul-bell-design-award-competition-kathleen-nowak-tucci/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:42:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20187 If you’re interested in entering the Saul Bell Design Award competition (the 2017 entry deadline is October 27), Kathleen Nowak Tucci is the person to talk to. She’s a two-time winner in the Alternative Metals/Materials category: She won first place in 2015 for her “Hummingbird Necklace,” and in 2016, her “Secret Garden Necklace” took home […]

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How to Choose the Right Rectifier http://riograndeblog.com/plating-rectifiers-understanding-differences/ http://riograndeblog.com/plating-rectifiers-understanding-differences/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:57 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=18973 You've been told you need a rectifier and you're thinking, "What on earth is a rectifier and why do I need one?" Ashli Brooke Taylor is here to explain how a rectifier can help you electroplate, electroform, electrocoat, and anodize metals safely and with reliable results.

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Turquoise Sky: A Day at the Santa Fe Indian Market http://riograndeblog.com/a-jewelers-paradise-at-the-santa-fe-indian-market/ http://riograndeblog.com/a-jewelers-paradise-at-the-santa-fe-indian-market/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:49:52 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20121 On August 20 and 21, I had the opportunity to represent Rio as I joined tens of thousands of shoppers, collectors and onlookers in Santa Fe’s central plaza for the 95th annual Indian Market—the country’s largest Native American arts market. The town square was bursting with nearly a thousand artists from 230 tribes from across […]

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Making an Enamel Color Sample Board with Ricky Frank http://riograndeblog.com/making-enamel-sample-board-ricky-frank/ http://riograndeblog.com/making-enamel-sample-board-ricky-frank/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:10:27 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20117 You have to learn the alphabet before you can write beautiful sentences. As with writing, when you’re enameling jewelry, you have to learn the colors you are working with and what they can do before you can create beautiful pieces of enamel jewelry. The individual colors are your enameling letters. Get to know them. In […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Marthe Le Van http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-marthe-le-van/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-marthe-le-van/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:30:27 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20106 Writer. Editor. Gallery owner. Evangelist. Without ever picking up a jewelry tool or designing a piece, Marthe Le Van has become one of the most influential people in the contemporary jewelry design movement. During more than a decade at Lark Books, she used her keen eye and sharp instincts to launch the company’s jewelry imprint. The […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Arrok Metal Studio http://riograndeblog.com/riojeweler-story-arrok-metal-studio/ http://riograndeblog.com/riojeweler-story-arrok-metal-studio/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:26 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20091 This series of interviews explores some of the stories from the #RioJeweler community. #RioJeweler is a way for jewelers to share moments from the bench on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Designers from around the world use the hashtag to chronicle their stories, their work and their lives as jewelers. We’re looking forward to exploring stories from […]

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How to Hire Your First Employee: Part 1 http://riograndeblog.com/hire-first-employee-part-1/ http://riograndeblog.com/hire-first-employee-part-1/#respond Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:12:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20077 For some, it may start in a moment of frustration. For others, it may be a moment of invigoration or inspiration. Either way, the moment when you realize, “Yowza, I really need help!” to run your business more effectively and efficiently is the moment to take action. It’s a huge step to go from thinking […]

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Discover the Importance of Branded Packaging http://riograndeblog.com/discover-the-importance-of-branded-packaging/ http://riograndeblog.com/discover-the-importance-of-branded-packaging/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:25:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20056 Learn how to create a memorable unboxing experience for your customer, and pick up a few tips on how to get customers to share your brand with their friends. To help establish your jewelry brand and encourage repeat purchases, it’s important to have a high-quality, cohesive look that extends to everything in your line, including […]

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Understanding Metal Hardness http://riograndeblog.com/understanding-metal-hardness/ http://riograndeblog.com/understanding-metal-hardness/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:42:02 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20044 The Rio Grande blog has been around since 2010, and we’ve shared lots of great articles about the art of making jewelry in that time. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be digging through the archives and republishing some of the posts that our audience found most helpful. In this post from 2013, Eddie Bell explains metal hardness […]

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