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Today marks our final “What Are You Working on Now” contest with a big, fat “thank you” to all of you for sharing what’s on your bench month after month! Take a look at today’s contest winner, Kristen Baird, whose gorgeous work is the perfect way to finish our peek onto jewelry benches all over the globe over the past three years.

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Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.

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Have you signed up for Rio’s annual Winter Workshop yet? Get to know John Sartin, who will be teaching a two-day intensive on textures and treatments that will enrich your designs and expand your conceptions of jewelry. This class is a must for beginning metalsmiths!

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Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights the extraordinary talent and groundbreaking contributions of George Sawyer. George was the first to bring gold mokumé gane to the market as jewelry and the first to use precious metals in his patterning. How has George’s work influenced you? Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!

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A 2013 Forbes survey found that “those customers who had customized a product online engaged more with the company. They visited its website more frequently, stayed on the page longer and were more loyal to the brand.” How can you, as a jeweler, tap into this craving for personalized goods? Read on and consider the myriad ways you can tap into this trend and make things personal!

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A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. Since The Studio’s initial post about the Toolbox Initiative—a project that aims to provide West African jewelers with commercial tools and materials that are rarely available to them—Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée have received donations of hundreds of tools and several ounces of silver to support the project. Read on to learn a little more about these skilled metalsmiths and to make a donation to this fantastic project.

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Christi Anderson and Anna Mazon were winners in the Metal Clay category of the of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award and I recently had the good fortune of getting to know each of them a bit better. Read on to hear the stories behind these talented artists. Then begin thinking about what you’ll create for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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Here at Rio Grande, one of our favorite places to go in search of inspiration and new ideas is museums. All that creative genius gathered in one place just makes us want to make something. Luckily for jewelers, there are a bevy of jewelry-focused exhibits this fall. From masterpieces steeped in centuries of tradition to the knife’s edge of avant-garde, there’s a treasure trove of inspiration for just about every type of jewelry admirer. These exhibits spark our creativity and we think they’ll spark yours too!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Zoltan David and Elysha Roberts were winners in the Alternative Metals/Materials category and I spent some quality time getting to know each of them recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes these talented artists tick, then head over and enter your own masterpiece in the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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