Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson writes: One day, my need to hold a particularly odd piece was too much to ignore, so (necessity being the mother of invention) I figured out a neat way to modify my GRS Benchmate by attaching our universal work holder to it. Here is how I did it (and it cost me less that $20!).
Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson teaches us how to make a chain mail bracelet using a variation of the Byzantine pattern, with a few colorful Swarovski beads thrown in to make it pop! Check it out!
What’s your favorite color? Recently, Lisa Juen blogged about her favorite shade of HOT PINK and her fantasy of one day owning a kiln in that perfect shade of pink. What followed was a twitter conversation with Rio and before we all knew it, a HOT PINK kiln was on special order for Lisa! We love when social media makes things happen around here! We also love it when we can accommodate unusual requests for valued customers. Join us on The Studio to read Lisa’s story!
We’re announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners in less than four weeks—so let’s check in with some of last year’s winners and see what they have to say about their work! Here’s Janice Grzyb, winner of the Silver/Argentium category.
On a recent silly day, I was chatting with fellow blog contributor Spencer Baum, and Spencer said that he “would totally wear” a belt buckle made out of a Nintendo game controller. Without even thinking about it, I piped up and said “Hey! I’ll make one for you!” The conversation got sillier and the ideas got bigger. And before I knew it, I had volunteered to make not one, but TWO belt buckles – one for Spencer and one for his son, Rowan. Come over to The Studio and check them out!
In 2006, Lauren Tobey opened Meltdown Studio here in Albuquerque, NM. Meltdown is a jewelry school/studio that not only offers jewelry classes, but provides an open studio and workspace for other artists to use. In today’s post, Spencer interviews Lauren about Meltdown Studio and about the mesmerizing and fantastic cuff bracelets she recently made using Swanstrom Disc Cutters.
PMC Sterling™: It’s metal clay, and it’s sterling—what more is there to know? Lots!
There are some fantastic jewelers out there that have been putting this new metal clay through its paces and blogging about what they’ve learned. Here are a few posts you’ll definitely want to check out. . .
Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one, the very First Fretz Hammer. . .
“What are you working on now?” We asked that question here at Rio and discovered Gregg Burgard’s whimsical and creepy “Zombie Beads”. For us, it’s completely inspiring to see a work-in-progress and hear about its evolution. Check out Gregg’s charms and then enter to win $10 in Rio cash, by sharing a photo of what YOU are working on now!
In our latest “On the Road with Rio” installment, Andy Shermin travels to the wedding of some longtime friends and brings back the story of a groom who made his bride’s wedding ring.
Mark Nelson shows you how to add amazing colors to your creations! Easy-to-use Colores™ is the perfect way to add vibrant color and unique designs to your work. Once the color is mixed, you can add it to a bezel cup or any other concave shape that can contain it.
You’ll never see another hard hat like this one! Chasing and repoussé artist Debra Montgomery made this jaw-dropping hard hat for an iron worker from Alberta, Canada and filled it with details that are close to his heart. Awesome.