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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our February Contest!

Jan 22, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

Well folks, it's that time again! Each month we ask the question, "What Are You Working on Now?" and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love seeing inside your studios and hearing about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!

This month's winner is Roberta Althiser of Powell Butte, Oregon.

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My name is Roberta and I started wire wrapping a few years ago. I began selling my work this last month on my own website, Wire Crossing. Some of the techniques I love to use include wire wrapping, soldering, metal forming, chain maille, and stone setting, and there are other skills that I am starting to get the hang of as well.

Recently I started learning how to solder and picked it up pretty fast—but I just LOVE weaving! I have wrapped woven rings before but they always felt unfinished because of the obvious seam that was difficult to hide. So I started combining the two techniques. I wasn’t sure it would work, but so far I haven’t had a problem and I've started getting really creative!

The ring on the left is the latest of what I have come up with: it is composed of sterling silver half-round wire, twisted wire, and braided wire soldered together using each hardness available. It is nearly seamless (unless you look inside the band) and very comfortable.

These are becoming very popular and I just LOVE making them! I have plans this week to start using the same combination of soldering and wire wrapping to make full sterling silver bracelets and eliminate the need to wrap parts together, which can be a hassle for clients to maintain as constant wearing can lead to loose wraps (you can see in the image that the wrapped bracelet is starting to lose its grip on the design). I just feel like the life of the piece will be extended by permanently attaching each component to the others. I will start with the bracelet design pictured, and maybe even try to blacken the pattern wire depressions to make it stand out (still trying to decide).

Anyway, I am confident that it will work well and I’m looking forward to the challenge!

 And here are a few more examples of Roberta's work from her website, Wire Crossing:

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Thanks for sharing your work with us, Roberta!

Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!

To enter this contest, leave your comment RIGHT HERE in the comments on THIS BLOG POST

WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED. 

  1. Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
  2. A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
  3. A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!

Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in February—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!

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Jewelry for 2014: The Year of the Horse

Jan 1, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Officially, the Year of the Horse doesn’t begin until the traditional Chinese New Year, on January 31, but that hasn’t stopped jewelry fashion before. During this week’s contest on Rio Grande’s Facebook fan page, we called for horse-related jewelry, and the entries reflect a universal appeal that never goes out of style. Here’s a peek at four wonderful jewelry artists, plus an honorable mention, and their Year of the Horse entries on Facebook that landed them a spot in today’s blog post.

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our January Contest!

Nov 27, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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, Sarah Lewis, has won a $10 Rio credit, and January’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our November Contest!

Oct 31, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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!

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2013 Fall and Winter Jewelry Trends Contest: Meet the Winners!

Aug 22, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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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!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our August Contest!

Jul 25, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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!

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2013 Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Now Meet The Finalists!

Jul 3, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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The 2013 Saul Bell Design Award winners include a group of finalists whose work is not to be missed! Take a pictorial tour that just might inspire you on your own jewelry making journey.

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Rio Grande’s Men’s Jewelry Contest: The Winners!

Jun 13, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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Thank you to the many talented jewelry makers who entered Rio Grande’s Men’s Jewelry Contest on Pinterest. We’re excited to present the winners to you just in time for Father’s Day!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our July Contest!

Jun 10, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell
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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, Sara Porle, has won a $10 Rio credit, and July’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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From Seed to Halo: Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist Winner Drew Abts

May 29, 2013
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Bernadette Bennett

The countdown continues…it’s nearly time to announce the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at JCK Las Vegas! Today, we’re taking at look at the design approach of 2012 Emerging Artist winner Drew Abts.

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