What place does hand-rendering your designs have in a jeweler’s process? Can putting pencil to paper really benefit a jeweler in the digital age? Jewelry designer Rémy Rotenier believes that hand-drawn designs help jewelers and designers connect with clients, plot out new designs, and encourage sales in retail settings. He has taught the art of hand-rendering jewelry for years and now, thanks to his new two-course instructional DVD series, you can learn from him too!
Everyone’s abuzz with excitement about our latest class, CAD with 3Design! 3Design isn’t your regular, run-of-the-mill computer-aided drafting program. 3Design was created by jewelers for jewelers, which makes it easy and fun to use. Rio’s three-day class—taught by David Swallow, a specialist in 3D modeling and design—covers the basics to help you get started in this new, dynamic way of designing jewelry.
Guest contributor Darla Alvarez, of The Gilded Artisan in Colorado, uses 21st century CAD and rapid prototyping technology to reinterpret a handcrafted family heirloom from generations past. Read about her process and take a look at her stunning results!