This series of interviews explores some of the stories from the #RioJeweler community. #RioJeweler is a way for jewelers to share moments from the bench on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Designers from around the world use the hashtag to chronicle their stories, their work and their lives as jewelers. We’re looking forward to exploring stories from […]
If you’re new to rose gold, the frustration of trying to cast with stones in place can be maddening. The incompatible cooling requirements of this alloy compared with those of gemstones can lead to frustration for jewelers who are drawn to this otherwise appealing metal. Today Eddie Bell shares some insider tips that will help you understand the problem with rose gold and give you practical advice for solving the problem!
In this third installment of Rio’s video series on soldering, Mark Nelson guides you through various torch types, arming you with information that can help you choose the best torch system for your specific job!
What do the words “New York City” make you think of? Most people would list taxicabs, skyscrapers, throngs and throngs of people, and other signifiers of the ultimate urban landscape. For Barbara Polinsky of Barbara Michelle Jacobs Fine Jewelry, however, New York City represents an endless source of flowers, twigs, weeds, and other found objects from the natural world that can serve as the inspiration for her unique pieces of jewelry.
The J-2R casting machines—packed with advanced technology—are affordable, space-conscious, and among the easiest casting systems to set up, use, and maintain. Read on to find out the top ten reasons to treat your business to a brand new J-2R. . .
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!
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 for more flexibility and a lower inventory investment. Check it out!
Take a look at Eddie’s recipe for an excellent natural rubber mold (because “good” isn’t good enough).
Here in Tech Support some of the most interesting, fun, and challenging parts of our job is to evaluate and review new tools and equipment. But we don’t just review tools, we’re also constantly searching for new and innovative techniques that we can share with fellow jewelers. This past year we had the pleasure of testing dozens of new items and taking classes that expanded our jewelry universe. Between the testing and classes, a few tools and techniques struck us as being so cool that we want to sing about them from the mountaintop…