The Studio – Jewelry Blog by Rio Grande

Hammers Demystified: A Tour of Jewelry-Making Hammers and Their Many Uses

Jun 30, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Forming, riveting, raising, chasing, goldsmith's, texturing—so many hammers for jewelers to use (the list goes on and on)! Here at Rio, we L-O-V-E hammers. We love them so much that we stock well over 100 hammers and hammer kits. 

With such a wide range of choices, how do you know which hammer or mallet to use? In the video below, Mark Nelson discusses the different hammer types and styles. Take a look to see if the hammer you've been wondering about is featured.

 

The Rio Grande website has even more information about choosing and using hammers. Need a quick reference guide on the definitions of hammers? Check out our list: How To Pick the Right Jewelry Hammer. Is the head of your favorite, reliable old hammer coming loose? Check out our website to learn how to fix loose hammer heads. Want to see some hammers in action? We have plenty more hammer videos (just click on the "Videos, Projects, classes and more" tab).

Do you have a favorite hammer? Share a story, photo, or project made with one of the most beloved tools on the jeweler’s bench!

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Rio Superstar: Jeff Zirwas, Maestro of the Machines

Jun 26, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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One of the things Rio is most proud of is the depth of the product lines we offer to jewelers like you. This depth is due largely to our in-house manufacturing teams; so, this week on The Studio, you’ll meet Jeff Zirwas, a “Rio Superstar” and an indispensible member of the team. You’ll hear about how Jeff and all the creative problem-solvers in manufacturing create the products and tools you love.

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Rolling Mill Know-How Part One: Choose the Right One for You!

Jun 25, 2014
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The rolling mill will prove to be a “must-have” tool in any shop…and choosing the right mill for your needs is essential. In today’s post on The Studio, Rio Grande tech team member and creator of wicked-cool jewelry designs Ashli Brooke Taylor shares some great information about how to go about choosing the mill that’s right for you!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Merchandising Your Jewelry Designs

Jun 23, 2014
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Marlene Richey
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Today, on The Studio, Marlene Richey gives great, concrete advice on how you can merchandise your jewelry designs. Merchandising is the art of creating a common theme in your collection and capitalizing on that theme to encourage customer loyalty and sales. Merchandise your work beautifully and it will be easy to understand and identify. It will tell YOUR story!

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All the Riser’s a Stage—Using Interior Design Rules to Sell Your Jewelry

Jun 19, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Display risers provide a simple and elegant way to stagger the heights of your display, add dimension, and use the interior design “rule of three” by creating odd groupings. Risers also allow a wide variety of configurations you can customize to best display your jewelry pieces. Check out The Studio today for more riser inspiration!

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Saul Bell Design Award Competition Meets Santa Fe Symposium®!

Jun 18, 2014
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Mark Shipman
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May 18, 2014, marked two very special events: the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner and the opening night dinner of the 28th annual Santa Fe Symposium®. What made the evening truly extraordinary was combining the two events into one, in what Alan Bell, President of Rio Grande, described as a “mashup.”

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Impressions™ Hot Foil Stamp Personalization: Online Ordering Goes Live!

Jun 16, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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Have you heard? You can now order your Rio Grande Impressions™ hot foil stamping services online when you order your boxes, totes, pouches, and more! The process is fast, simple, and so convenient—you’re going to love saving time and effort with this new service. Find out more in today’s post on The Studio.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Meet the Winners!

Jun 12, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Take a closer look at the boundary-breaking design of the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition winners. Today’s post showcases all fifteen extraordinary winners and gives you some insight into their techniques, materials, and creative approach. Here are the spectacular winners. . .

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Examining and Challenging Rules in Art Making with Jeweler Ricky Frank

Jun 11, 2014
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Today’s post, by master enamelist and jeweler Ricky Frank, is a thought-provoking examination of the “rules” we impose on ourselves in our creative process. Ricky asks you to remember that a rule is just one way in which to do something. It is not the only way. Ask yourself if the rules you adhere to are helping you or creating obstacles.

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Argentium Silver: Hear the Story Direct from Inventor Peter Johns

Jun 9, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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Dig into the history of Argentium Silver by listening to this fascinating podcast from Middlesex University in England where inventor Peter Johns taught, researched and worked with metal alloys. Get the story behind the miracle metal in today’s post on The Studio!

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