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![...]
Wanaree Tanner, metal clay artist extraordinaire, shares some delicious tidbits with our very own Bernadette Bennett about what inspires her work, how she embraces the process of art making (failures and all), and her continuing growth as an artist.
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,[...]
Blaine Lewis and New Approach School for Jewelers recently opened its new home in Franklin TN, and we're excited to tell you about this unique place!
Recently our website underwent a complete makeover, and one of the coolest updates, in my opinion, are the product review tabs! As a member of the machine operator team, I make some of this stuff, which means that you, the customer, have a direct line to me, the operator. Your pr[...]