Are you thinking about turning your jewelry-making skills into a full-time business? Or perhaps you already have taken that step and are discovering the million details that always seem to be invisible from the outside looking in? If so, there is a fun and exciting lifeline coming your way!
The beauty of effective collaboration is that it provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in how change takes place. Use these ten questions from Rio business coach Matthew Anderson to get the conversation started with your team.
Kliar E-Coating is a great way to protect your jewelry with a transparent protective coat, or an easy way to add a splash of color. In today’s post, Ashli Brooke Taylor from Rio’s Tech Team shares quick and easy tricks to give you professional results.
Don’t let the fruits of your fertile business mind wither and die on the vine! We all manage competing demands and priorities, and time constraints often keep us from pursuing even the best ideas. In this new series, Rio business coach Matthew Anderson shares three key elements of effective collaboration. Find out how to capitalize on your great ideas!
Andy, a self-professed “non-jeweler,” dives into a Beginning PMC class by the one and only Yvonne M. Padilla. What will he create?
In this video, Tim Sheriff, shows you step-by-step how to create an eye-catching sterling silver bead cage custom-sized to your standard-size marble using the Swanstrom link-forming pliers. Enjoy!
We pay a lot of attention to making beautiful jewelry, but a piece can only look as appealing as the photographs that are taken of it. Here are a few photography tips from our in-house experts to help improve the look of your work in print (or on screen)!
Are common metal patinas not giving you a deep enough black or wearing off too quickly? Well, here’s the answer to your problems: Kliar E-Coating! By using the electroplating process followed by E-Coating, you now can achieve a dark jet black that is abrasion-resistant and will keep your jewelry painted black for a long time to come.
Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing a video project which features the ever-brilliant Bill Fretz forming a concave cuff bracelet using his new Silversmith’s Forming Stakes and a brass blank. Enjoy!
Have you heard about Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, the new book by well-known artist and teacher, Hattie Sanderson? Earlier this week on the Studio, we reviewed this must-have gem and today we’re privileged to share a step-by-step Interchangeable Spinner Ring project directly from Hattie’s new book! What better way to get a sneak peek of a great new book?
Basic Stone Setting is the first jewelry class I took when I started working here at Rio. I remember the challenge of working with calibrated round and oval stones and wondering how difficult it would be to prong-set an uncalibrated or odd-shaped stone. Well, I have exciting news: Rio is manufacturing freeform ring and component mountings for odd-shaped stones. Our own Yvonne Padilla has been trying them out and she loves their simple design and ease of use. For a closer look at these unique mountings, check out today’s post on The Studio!
Foldforming is an awesome way to manipulate metal to create cool, organic shapes. Developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s, foldforming works with any kind of metal, and is a great technique to experiment with when you’re looking for that unique new idea. In today’s post, Mark Nelson will inspire you to try foldforming by making a bead using the technique.