Rio Grande has been around since 1944, but we’ve only been on YouTube for about three-and-a-half years. Today, on The Studio, we’re celebrating over three million views and we’re sharing some favorite and most-loved videos too!
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.
Have you ever wanted to make your own metal clay stamps and stencils at home and quickly? The ImagePAC Stampmaker is the answer! It’s super easy to use, takes no time at all to learn, and you get to make your own one-of-a-kind stamps and stencils!
We love discovering new techniques, tricks, and inspiring blogs by jewelers everywhere—the more the merrier! Today, The Studio spotlights a Blog We Love with Katrina Lum Designs. Check out Katrina’s how-to for making your own end caps!
The Studio is excited to bring you another video clip featuring Bill Fretz and his innovative forming stakes. Last year, Bill showed Studio readers some Basic Hammering and Forming. This year, he helps us take forming a few steps further with a clip from his latest DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz.
There are several barrier fluxes on the market, but why not go old-school and mix your own boric acid barrier flux? This mix has been around for a VERY long time and it works great to protect your pieces from oxidizing during soldering. Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson tells you how to make your own!
Today’s post on The Studio features a video with artist Candace Gates, in which she shows us how to make a beautiful metal clay ring using one of her own Dynasty Stamps and a handheld butane torch. As she demonstrates, Candace provides helpful cleaning, finishing, and torch-firing tips. Come on over and check it out!
It’s time for another compilation of Tech Tidbits! Every Tuesday, our Tech Team here at Rio posts juicy little tidbits on Facebook. It’s been way too long since we last shared their tips, tricks, and jewelry trivia on The Studio. Read on to discover some of their latest nuggets of tech gold!
Do you have a drill press? Because if you don’t, you should! A new tool, especially a drill press, can be intimidating. If you don’t know where to begin or what to do with one, never fear—here’s a handy guide to getting started, plus a few tips on what to do with it once you get going.
Since we added product-review functionality to our website last year, we’ve began to notice something. Sprinkled between the lines of these product reviews were these little gems of praise. Praise about us, our company, our service, our support. What can we say? We loved it! Customers were eager to tell us what they thought about Rio, and we knew it would only benefit our customers even more to listen to the good, the bad and the cuddly warm fuzzies about RIO. So we’ve made it easy for customers to review us – read on to learn more!
Jewelry creation and technology go hand-in-hand. Now that so many people have a smart phone, it makes sense that many jewelers do as well. And of course, that means apps! So if you haven’t already, here is a list of apps you can download to turn your smart phone into one of your most useful bench tools.