In 2006, Lauren Tobey opened Meltdown Studio here in Albuquerque, NM. Meltdown is a jewelry school/studio that not only offers jewelry classes, but provides an open studio and workspace for other artists to use. In today's post, Spencer interviews Lauren about Meltdown Studio and[...]
PMC Sterling™: It’s metal clay, and it’s sterling—what more is there to know? Lots! There are some fantastic jewelers out there that have been putting this new metal clay through its paces and blogging about what they’ve learned. Here are a few posts you’ll definitel[...]
Here at Rio, we’ve created an empowered workplace operating within a common set of principles. So we’ve got a challenging yet supportive environment sharing a common set of values, but what about the tools that make our culture work? Effective feedback is among our most usefu[...]
The unique properties of Argentium® silver distinguish it from traditional sterling silver, but despite all the advantages that it offers, many jewelers are hesitant to give it a try. In today's post, Cynthia Eid --an Argentium® silver master, shares encouragement, tips, and ex[...]
"What are you working on now?" We asked that question here at Rio and discovered Gregg Burgard's whimsical and creepy "Zombie Beads". For us, it's completely inspiring to see a work-in-progress and hear about its evolution. Check out Gregg's charms and then enter to win $10 in Ri[...]
In our latest "On the Road with Rio" installment, Andy Shermin travels to the wedding of some longtime friends and brings back the story of a groom who made his bride's wedding ring.
You'll never see another hard hat like this one! Chasing and repoussé artist Debra Montgomery made this jaw-dropping hard hat for an iron worker from Alberta, Canada and filled it with details that are close to his heart. Awesome.
Chuck Moore is a remarkable artist who uses the Knew Concepts Hand Saw to create stunning inlay in his handmade ukeleles. Check out his beautiful work and read a little bit of his story. . .
The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremely tight on really big diamonds. Consider buying diamonds in off-target carat sizes to get more value! Our diamond experts are are always eager to help you find the best stone for your needs. Learn more abo[...]
What's your dream vacation? Do you have plans to take your creative energy on the road? Guest contributor, Marcia Weaver, shares the story of her inspiring week at Idyllwild Art Center's Metals Week.
It is a tremendous time-saver to have the right tools within reach, but how does one sort through so many plier and cutter choices? In this video, Mark Nelson walks us through basic plier and cutter options and then he gets into some of the coolest specialty pliers.