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Swanstrom’s resident tool master Tim Sheriff is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind classroom experience at Rio: He will tag-team with talented designer/instructor Lauren Tobey for a Winter Workshop class that will take disc cutters and pliers to the limits of students’ imaginations. In this edition of The Studio, read about Tim’s journey from Iowa farmhand to jewelry-making rock star, and pick up a few of his invaluable nuggets along the way.

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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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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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Start the new year right by immersing yourself in an array of new and popular returning classes offered for the 2015 Rio Grande Winter Workshop series. Make a day or two of it, or plan to take a whole week! The classes, demonstrations and tours lined up for the week of Winter Workshop give you lots from which to choose. Gain a new skill—or hone a skill you’ve already got. Browse through today’s post to find out more, and reserve your seat early!

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May is all about the Santa Fe Symposium, the premier conference on jewelry manufacturing technology. In May, 2015—May 17–20, to be precise—the brightest and most inquiring minds in the jewelry industry will come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for more than three days of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Registration is open now…learn more in the latest post at The Studio!

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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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With an Orion pulse arc welder you can fabricate everything from small jewelry pieces to larger hollowware works, make repairs without the mess of solder, and join dissimilar metals. Learn more by checking out a recent blog post from our friends over at Metalwerx Studio and, if you’re in Massachusetts later this month, learn to pulse arc weld at Metalwerx with our very own Sessin Durgham!

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According to the Spring 2015 Pantone Color Report, there’s a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. Jewelers can and should use the report as a reference tool. Whether selecting a bead or enamel shade for a single piece or choosing a display or packaging theme for the entire season, it is helpful to know the palette consumers will be looking for in the coming months. Check out our Pantone-inspired picks!

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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. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.

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