Bronze is a great alloy to use for creating musical tones, and BRONZclay makes it a snap to achieve a wide range of tones by allowing you to easily mold and manipulate the thickness and shape of your metal. . .
Juan Lopez, first place winner in the precious metals category of the 2011 Spanish Market, creates beautifully intricate silver filigree. . .
Scott has been at the bench designing and carving models in wax for 38 years and counting. Impressive, I know. He’s done production work, custom design, manufacturing for other designers, you name it. What really amazes me is now naturally he has incorporated computer-aided des[...]
Silver-filled products are all-new and there are plenty of questions about them. Here are a few that the rest of the Rio Technical Support team and I have fielded in recent days, based on our own use of this cool stuff!
Earlier this year I was hearing from all of the above sources, that we needed a better tool to hold onto bracelet mandrels with tangs. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones who saw the need. At the same time that I was out looking for such a tool, a bay area jeweler was busy [...]
This is part two of the book excerpt from Scott David Plumlee's terrific book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections. In this excerpt, Plumlee demonstrates how to use the headpins from Monday's post to create a pair of Beaded Triad Earrings. . .
In the following excerpt from Scott David Plumlee's book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections, Scott shares a great approach to making silver headpins from Argentium Silver wire. . .
Santa Fe Symposium always brings a plethora of new and unique experiences. The Symposium is all about the science of making jewelry but for me it is a lot more than that. . .
In the early 90s I created a line of jewelry which used anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired me to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes which would form the shapes I needed. . . [...]
Do you ever wish you had a the skills to drill deep holes, very straight? In this post, Eddie shares a great method he learned from expert machinist and fellow Rio associate, Jeff Zirwas. . .