Reticulation is a technique that presents a beautifully patterned surface finish, which lends itself well to a wide variety of jewelry designs. Eager to experiment with reticulation? Today The Studio features a how-to video, in which Mark Nelson demonstrates ways to use this technique to achieve unexpected and wonderful texture.
Officially, the Year of the Horse doesn’t begin until the traditional Chinese New Year, on January 31, but that hasn’t stopped jewelry fashion before. During this week’s contest on Rio Grande’s Facebook fan page, we called for horse-related jewelry, and the entries reflect a universal appeal that never goes out of style. Here’s a peek at four wonderful jewelry artists, plus an honorable mention, and their Year of the Horse entries on Facebook that landed them a spot in today’s blog post.
Like everyone else in the blogosphere, we spent the last week looking back at 2013. Here at The Studio that involved digging through the hundreds of posts we created over the past year, rereading our favorites and delving into the data to find out which posts our beloved readers (that’s you!) visited the most.
Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, intrigues the eye, sparks the imagination, and glows from within. Perfect for jewelry, accessories and fashion!
This is a busy time of year for our Technical Support team as we talk to jewelers about a new process, help them through a jewelry-making challenge, and suggest tools and equipment that will make their work at the bench that much more successful. And as we talk about these innovative tools, each and every one of us, as fellow jewelers, can’t help but get a bit giddy about what WE would love to have for our OWN benches this holiday season! Here are some of our favorite and most coveted tools and equipment.
One week ago today, we posted a story about the Bell family, master metalsmith Shane R. Hendren, rare and beautiful Stormy Mountain turquoise, and the Montezuma Ball auction. As promised, today we’re here to bring you an image of the gorgeous Shane R. Hendren necklace and earring ensemble that was sold by auction at the Ball, as well as the video interview with Shane. Read this exciting story and you’ll know why we’re counting our blessings! Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all our friends!
New fashion-forward, statement-making ear cuffs are overtaking the real estate north of the lobe. From the runways of Paris to the red carpets of Hollywood to the benches of jewelers across the country, they have been everywhere this fall. Etsy designers have been hard at work creating their own take on the look and, today on The Studio, we’ve featured a few of our favorite Etsy ear cuffs.
There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to PMC! Take a look at the inspiring PMC projects we’ve featured on the blog today and then check out the PMC classes that are scheduled for the end of October/beginning of November here at Rio Grande. There are still a few seats available—so hurry and sign up!
The Now That’s a Jig!™ wire-wrapping system, invented by jewelry artist and wire wrangler Brenda Schweder, is an ingenious tool that gives you consistent, smooth wire-wrapped results every time. You can create gorgeous, original chain links, ear wires, clasps, and more using this amazing stay-put jig. In today’s video project, Brenda demonstrates how to use the jig to create components for a striking Phlox motif bracelet.
The deadline for the prestigious 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition is approaching but there’s still time to enter! This international competition recognizes distinction in jewelry design. It invites you to challenge yourself as a designer, and in the spirit of innovation, to create without boundaries. Go ahead. Show the jewelry world what you’ve got! Push yourself to new limits. Innovate. Entertain and surprise us all!
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Each month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Anne Bliss, has won a $10 Rio credit, and September’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
Christine Terrell of the Etsy store Adaptive ReUse elevates the humble decorative tin into really spectacularly whimsical and special jewelry pieces. Today on The Studio, I chatted with Christine about how she loves finding inspiration in materials that are completely lacking in value to others. She says, “I think my work reminds folks to think a bit more deeply about the ‘stuff’ around them.”