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What are the pros and cons of running your jewelry business from home? Marlene Richey is the person to ask. She ran her own home-based jewelry design business for more than 30 years and she’s on The Studio today to give you the nitty gritty on what to expect when you work in the same place where you wear your bunny slippers!

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What does it take to be a WILDLY successful seller on Etsy? We wanted to know, so we asked Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs how he does it. Chuck shared five simple and effective suggestions that will help you make the most of your online selling experience!

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Joe Silvera, of the Silvera Jewelry School, was here at Rio Grande in August to teach a class on soldering gold-and silver-filled metals for our Summer Workshop Series. Heather Apodaca joined Joe’s 2-day class and learned to make a simple ring project using faceted round wire. In today’s post, Heather shares step-by-step instructions for making this simple eye-catching ring!

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Pearls are timeless. They’ve never really gone out of style, but lately they are popping up in the fashion mainstream in a fresh and modern way. Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson demonstrates a simple method for mounting pearls using pearl caps and epoxy. With this method, you can use components to create a wide range of jewelry designs from earrings to bracelets to necklaces.

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Jim Lawson was at Rio Grande last week to teach a photography class during our Summer Workshop Series. He sat down with us to talk about the difficulties of photographing jewelry and to share 10 easy tips from his class to help novice photographers start taking beautiful shots of their work.

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Designed by Bill Fretz, the Fretz Jeweler’s Sledge Hammer is ideal for forging heavy wire, rod, or sheet. Today, on The Studio, Bill makes a striking twist forged bracelet using his workhorse sledge hammer.

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What’s the single biggest thing you can do to grow your jewelry business in the next year? Develop a business plan. We know, we know. It sounds like a daunting proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. In today’s post, Jewelry business maven Marlene Richey breaks down the process and offers a template that’ll get you started on your plan.

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Today, on the The Studio, MariaElena Baca brings us the final chapter of her enameling series. In Enameling 104 you’ll learn the differences between lead-free and lead-bearing enamels, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for how to wash your enamels, and you’ll watch a video featuring expert enamelist, Ricky Frank. Get inspired by today’s post and the entire series, then dive into this fun and colorful technique!

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Packaging is a big deal­. Your customers are busy and their hearts smile when they see their purchase professionally wrapped and ready to hand over to its lucky recipient. If you have a packaging plan and plenty of supplies on hand, you’ll easily maintain an orderly packaging operation for your jewelry business. Today, on The Studio, get five creative and practical packaging ideas that’ll leave a lasting impression.

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The best way to keep your tools in excellent working condition is to perform periodic maintenance. Although this is common sense, it is often the most neglected task. Today, on The Studio, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools shares great tips for maintaining cutting edges on both your Swanstrom Disc Cutter and your Swanstrom Super-Flush Cutters. This is a must see for maintenance of some of your favorite tools!

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