Been considering taking a class from Rio Grande to further your jewelry making skills, but don’t know how to find the right class for you? Here’s a quick tour through the new, easy class searches on our website. Plus, catch a glimpse of September classes, being held all over the country.
Nickel in jewelry? The general public is showing a growing interest in the nickel content of the jewelry they buy. As a result, more and more of Rio Grande’s customers are asking us about the nickel content in our findings and fabrication metals. This is understandable since a significant number of people have allergic reactions to nickel. Take a look at today’s post to learn more!
Learn how to give your exotic-metal designs the finishes that bring out their beautifully intricate patterns and textures in this class taught by Phillip Baldwin, the owner and creative force behind Shining Wave Metals. The class is scheduled for July 12 at Rio Grande—read about it here and reserve your seat now!
Swarovski has announced its new Advanced Crystal—a virtually lead-free crystal. Designers everywhere are recognizing the now-expanded uses for the coveted crystals. To clear out old inventory, Rio Grande has placed hundreds of crystals in a sale called “Gettin’ the Lead Out.”
This weekend, I attended my first JCK show—and wow, was there a lot to take in. Rio Grande’s booth was chock-full of tools and equipment—and the “Rio Superstars” who demonstrated them to scores of interested individuals asking, “So, how does this work?” The air was filled with the great energy of questions, sharing, and “ah-ha!” moments.
Love to shape metal with folds, creases, angles, curves and unusual contours? Show off what you can do! The Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, hosted by the Center for Metal Arts, recently announced that it is taking entries for its 2nd annual event, and the deadline—July 1—will be here before you know it. Prizes include gift certificates provided by Rio Grande.
So much more than mere chemistry, mokumé gane is a fusion of two or more metals that, when manipulated by skilled hands, creates intriguing patterned stock coveted by jewelry designers and collectors alike. Americans such as Phillip Baldwin, founder of Shining Wave Metals, are taking this Japanese craft to new heights.
We are just returning from the 2013 MJSA Expo in New York. MJSA Expo is the perfect arena for all kinds of jewelry-related information sharing and today, The Studio is honored to have MJSA Director of Public Affairs, Peggy Jo Donahue, share what she saw and learned at this year’s show!
Ronda Coryell, of Jewelry Studies International, teaches and explores jewelry across the globe. In today’s post, she shares tales—and beautiful photos—from her jewelry-making workshops in Bali, Switzerland, and Italy! Take a look and then head over to the JSI website to sign up for your own overseas jewelry adventure!
The five judges spread out among the finalists’ pieces as evenly as birds on a wire. Before long, they were working collaboratively, drawing on individual panel members’ strengths. Excitement builds as we count down the weeks until the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition are finally announced! Take a look at today’s post, to get a peek into the final judging event.
Any time is time to learn at Rio! Having just finished up our Winter Workshop Series, packed with classes taught by some of the industry’s top instructors, tours of our solar-powered facility, and demos of the latest and greatest products, we’re eager to shiver off the cold and jump right into spring with new jewelry-making classes!
The Tales of the Heart Competition has proved, yet again, that the creative potential of PMC is limited only by the imagination. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the competition challenged artists to create an original work of art from PMC and gave them just one constraint—every piece must incorporate a heart.