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Do You Have Your Seat at the Bench? Some Workshop Seats Still Available!

May 29, 2014
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Seats are still available for great workshops this summer!

The Rio Summer Workshop Series is coming and seats are going fast, fast, fast. Grab your chance to sit in on—and get your hands dirty in—an amazing and inspiring workshop that will get your creativity going. Here's a sample of classes that still have room if you hurry:

Barbara Becker Simon, a real natural with PMC® whose fun teaching style and infectious enthusiasm are just the things to add a bit more jazz to your summer. In this class on Making Mask Rings, Barbara is all about saving face. After all, what's more fun than making faces?  …and what's more tricky than getting them to look right? In this class, you'll work with Barbara (renowned for her work with PMC) to learn and practice the techniques she has developed for successfully creating the lines, curves and details of faces. Then, you'll use the faces you've made to make a ring. Take your new know-how and use it to make a variety of jewelry with personality!

Have you ever exulted in a brainstorm that left you with the most amazing idea for a design only to have it skitter away before you can capture it on paper? Never again. In this class on Capturing that Killer Design, Lexi Erickson, a brilliant designer and teacher, shows you how to get that design you can see in your mind's eye down on paper, where others can see it, too—and where you can work to get it made.

In order to sell that terrific piece of jewelry you've made, potential buyers have to see it. Most often, that involves posting a photo of it online where customers can ooh and ahh over it and decide they simply must have it. To do that, you need to be able to take a photo of your design that can get that kind of a response…and this Photo Basics for Jewelry Artists class is just the place to do it! Learn from professional photographer Jim Lawson about how to set up, light, and shoot your pieces so that they look their absolute best!

And, finally, in today's world, who doesn't at least dabble in designing on the computer? The tools you'll find in the latest CAD software can free you to concentrate on your design, the details, and the nuances you want to create the ultimate production of the piece you have in mind. In this class, CAD with 3DESIGN, you'll use one of the best software programs out there—and learn from an expert in using that program—to see what CAD design is all about and how it can energize your creative process.

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CAD with 3Design Workshop taught by David Swallow

Clear your calendar for the week of Sunday, July 27 through Friday, August 1, and reserve yourself one of the remaining seats for these and other Summer Workshop classes. It'll be a high point in your summer fun, and it will serve your professional goals for every season going forward. See you there!

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Education at Rio Grande: Registration is Open for 2014 Summer Workshop Series!

May 7, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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Immerse yourself in Rio Grande’s invigorating educational environment during the 2014 Summer Workshop Series, then return to your studio or shop fired up and ready to get back to the bench and create—find out more in today’s post on The Studio!

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Learn with Rio Grande: Basic Tools and Supplies to Begin Cloisonné

Apr 21, 2014
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Silver, gold, bronze. These are the typical colors in the jeweler’s palette. But what if you could incorporate eye-popping color into your pieces with just a few simple steps? Cloisonné enameling gives you the power to play with color in any piece you make. And it’s easy to get started. Check out The Studio today for a helpful list of cloisonné tools and supplies!

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Education at Rio Grande: How Full is Your Techniques Toolbox?

Apr 10, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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New to making jewelry? This coming June, Rio will offer the Jewelry-Maker’s Techniques Toolbox, a 5-day hands-on learning extravaganza of jewelry techniques! Taught by designer, jewelry maker, and teacher Jim Dailing, this class will cover every basic technique jewelers need to stock their just-gettin’-started toolbox of skills. Find out more in today’s post at The Studio…

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC and Intermediate Stone-Setting Classes Coming in May

Mar 26, 2014
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Have you ever been disappointed to find that the end product of your jewelry design did not quite live up to what you had envisioned? Consider this: The more techniques you have at your disposal, the more satisfied you’ll be with your results. Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Read about three such classes coming up in May and then register before they fill up!

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Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop Series: Today’s Tour of Jewelry Making Classes

Jan 29, 2014
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Today Amy visited several of the bustling classrooms here at Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop. Some participants were quiet and intensely focused on trying new techniques. Others worked in a happy cacophony of clanging and then paused to examine their progress. Rio Grande is wonderful place to be this week—learning and discovery is all around us! Maybe today’s photo tour will get you planning your trip to the Land of Enchantment for next year’s Winter Workshop.

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Welcome to Rio Grande’s Annual Winter Workshop!

Jan 23, 2014
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Rio Grande’s annual Winter Workshop starts this Sunday, and we are busy setting up benches, cameras for close-ups of instructors’ work, Foredom® flex shafts, anvils, 3DESIGN® software–you name it! Follow our excitement this week as we bring you highlights of this GREAT event where participants hone their skills with some of the very best teachers in the industry, mingle and crowd around workbenches in the demonstration area, exchange jewelry-making experiences and tips, bond with each other over wonderful meals, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio’s facilities.

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Grow Your Business at Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop

Dec 9, 2013
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Want to start your own jewelry business but not sure where to start? Have you been running a jewelry business for years, but you could use some skill-sharpening and some fresh ideas to help your business grow? Gain beginning skills and jewelry business knowledge in the Rio Grande Winter Workshop, Smart Tools To Help You Grow Your Business. Read on to learn about the instructors, then register!

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Rio Grande’s 2014 Winter Workshop Series: Registration is Open!

Nov 13, 2013
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Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning!

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Learn at Rio Grande with Bill Seeley: The Beauty and Technology of Anodizing

Oct 30, 2013
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Here at Rio Grande, on November 14 and 15, Bill Seeley will teach the class, Anodizing Reactive Metals: Niobium and Titanium. Consider yourself warned: you may fall in love with expressing yourself through coloration of lightweight, low-cost niobium and titanium. And in today’s post watch a video, with Bill Seeley himself, that features a demonstration of the amazing anodizing process.

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