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, Denise Harrison, has won a $10 Rio credit, and November’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
On a recent vacation to Monhegan Island, Maine, Molly Therese Bell visited the studio of talented jeweler Susan McDonough. Susan shared her beautiful handmade chains, her tourmaline pendants and rings, and her exquisite 22k granulation work. She told stories about her enchanted island home, and shared her exciting plans to adventure beyond Monhegan to expand her jewelry-making skills.
Do you teach jewelry making to a student under the age of 18 who continues to amaze you? Or, perhaps you are a young jewelry student reading this, and wanting to try your hand at a renowned jewelry competition. If so, then it’s time to throw your jewelry design into the ring! The Saul Bell Design Award competition includes an Emerging Artist category, and is accepting entries for 50 more days!
Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a proud sponsor each year of the New Mexico Jewelers Association “All That Glitters” design competition, held annually at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. On September 28, as the 2013 winners were voted on and announced, that local talent was on full display. Find out more in today’s post!
Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!
The Now That’s a Jig!™ wire-wrapping system, invented by jewelry artist and wire wrangler Brenda Schweder, is an ingenious tool that gives you consistent, smooth wire-wrapped results every time. You can create gorgeous, original chain links, ear wires, clasps, and more using this amazing stay-put jig. In today’s video project, Brenda demonstrates how to use the jig to create components for a striking Phlox motif bracelet.
After the many hours of work you put into creating jewelry that others love, your line deserves a good story that accentuates it, puts the marketing edge on it, makes it stand out! That includes your jewelry line for Fall and Winter, which is just around the corner! In our latest contest, “Show Us Your Fall/Winter Fashion Trends,” which wrapped up late last week, we asked you to create a Pinterest board of your own fashion trends/creations for the upcoming season, and we asked you to present a story about your line there as well. Meet our winners!
Christine Terrell of the Etsy store Adaptive ReUse elevates the humble decorative tin into really spectacularly whimsical and special jewelry pieces. Today on The Studio, I chatted with Christine about how she loves finding inspiration in materials that are completely lacking in value to others. She says, “I think my work reminds folks to think a bit more deeply about the ‘stuff’ around them.”
Imagine the piece you’ve always wanted to create. The ONE that combines your skills and your creativity to express your point of view as an artist. Now go create it! The call for entries for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition is now open, and it’s your chance to stretch your imagination and blow us all away!
What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each 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, Glenda Skarie, has won a $10 Rio credit, and August’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
Meet our latest Rio Superstar, Ashli Brooke Taylor! Here on The Studio, Ashli is our go-to E-Coating expert, but her recent chat with Heather Apodaca reveals other gems about this valuable member of our Tech Support Team. Among them, Ashli’s diverse background in Fine Art and her love of piercing, soldering, and forming metal.
Learn how to give your exotic-metal designs the finishes that bring out their beautifully intricate patterns and textures in this class taught by Phillip Baldwin, the owner and creative force behind Shining Wave Metals. The class is scheduled for July 12 at Rio Grande—read about it here and reserve your seat now!