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Just in Time for Mother’s Day: Jewelry Supplies for Handmade and Personalized Gifts

Mar 31, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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As a mom myself, Mother’s Day is a time for me to reflect and feel appreciated. Simple as that! It’s lovely to have a day that is devoted to this endeavor. Every year I look forward to what my young daughter has crafted at school and brought home in exchange for my hugs and kisses.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Are you looking for a boost in sales? Need ideas? Personalized pendants, rings, and bracelets for moms and grandmas are still a leading trend. And Rio has the supplies you need to stamp it with love for Mother’s Day. Here are a few items that’ll get you started on a stamping trend, and just in time for Mom’s special day.

Swanstrom Disc Cutter

This top-of-the-line Swanstrom Disc Cutter comes in heart, square, rectangle, and oval cutters, so you can easily cut your own shaped stampings to personalize for your customers.

Rio's metal sheet is available in many sizes and metal types including gold- and silver-filled. And you can watch this video to learn how to use the Swanstrom disc cutter.

Also, for your stamping (and viewing) pleasure, be sure to check out the following post from The Studio's archives: Video with Mark Nelson: Leave your Mark with Metal Stamping.

Alphabet Stamps at Rio

Alphabet and design stamps are a high-quality choice for personalizing stampings, discs, and metal clay.

For stamping, I personally recommend the GersonHammer™. I never "got" this hammer until I tried it myself. It features a special non-hardened steel head that won’t slip off the tool as you strike and it consistently provides balanced force for precise results.

Metal Clay at Rio Grande

Metal clay is the perfect medium for personalized jewelry. Sculpt any design you want and stamp it before you fire it.

 Imagepac Stampmaker Essentials Kit

You can also get creative and make your own stamps for metal clay with the Imagepac Stampmaker Essentials kit.

Pre-cut stampings at Rio Grande

Pre-cut metal stampings are available in many shapes and sizes.

pre-stamped charms at Rio Grande

Shop our pre-stamped charms and pendants in silver or gold.
Unique and colorful packaging at Rio Grande

And finally, add that extra special touch for mom with unique and colorful packaging. Rio Grande offers everything from boxes to ribbons in a variety of colors and patterns.

Whatever supplies you need to create expressive mother’s day jewelry, let the love do the work. We have happily stocked the materials you need to show those fearless and loving mothers in the world how much they are surely appreciated and loved.

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our April Contest!

Mar 27, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Felicia Cinquegrana, has won a $20 Rio credit, and April’s contest has officially begun. Show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC and Intermediate Stone-Setting Classes Coming in May

Mar 26, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Have you ever been disappointed to find that the end product of your jewelry design did not quite live up to what you had envisioned? Consider this: The more techniques you have at your disposal, the more satisfied you’ll be with your results. Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Read about three such classes coming up in May and then register before they fill up!

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The Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest!

Mar 24, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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A few weeks ago, Rio Grande released new WHITE COPPRclay™ from Metal Adventures, and the response has been tremendous! To celebrate the design options this clay offers, we are sponsoring a contest, and we invite to you enter by posting your WHITE COPPRclay™ jewelry designs—or expressions of love—to our WHITE COPPRclay™ Pinterest board! For all the details, check out today’s post on The Studio!

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Happy First Day of Spring! Fresh and Colorful Jewelry Packaging

Mar 20, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Spring is here! Today, on the Studio, Bernadette Bennett shares her tips for dressing up your jewelry with fresh, colorful, spring-inspired packaging!

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Jewelry Design Options: Mixing COPPRclay and New WHITE COPPRclay

Mar 19, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio recently introduced new WHITE COPPRclay to its line of base metal clays, and every clay artist in the building could hardly wait to work with it. After giving him some time to experiment, we cornered Rio Grande metal clay artist and Tech Team member Thomas Flores and asked him what he’s discovered about this exciting new color of COPPRclay. Read about his experiences today at The Studio.

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What’s New? Jewelry News on Rio Grande’s Twitter Page

Mar 17, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Did you know that every day of the week, Rio Grande’s Twitter page is abuzz with jewelry industry news and Rio Grande updates? Your life is busy, so we want to make it simple for you to find interesting and relevant information in ONE place. Our Twitter feed delivers up-to-date news on the jewelry world and on the hottest Rio Grande products.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: Spectacular Finalists Unveiled

Mar 13, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.

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Santa Fe Symposium: Not Just for Manufacturers

Mar 11, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Even though Santa Fe Symposium started as a forum for manufacturers—and still benefits them in a crucial way—it also attracts a wide variety of people whose lives have been positively altered by their penchant for making jewelry. From the emerging artist to the manufacturing guru, this event is well known among jewelers as the powerhouse of jewelry innovation. Learn more about what’s happening at this year’s event, and then register to join us!

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we talk with three jewelers (from three different continents!) whose work takes inspiration from the clean lines and simple forms of geometry. Shlomit Ofir of Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design, Laura Geupin of SharpCloud, and Jess Jones of FawnAndRose are all creating Etsy Trends We Love –Check it out!

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