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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our April Contest!

Mar 27, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Well folks, it's that time again! Each month we ask the question, "What Are You Working on Now?" and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love to see inside your studios and hear about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in The Studio spotlight, wins a $20 Rio credit!

This month’s winner is Felicia Cinquegrana of Felicia Grace Designs in Block Island, Rhode Island. According to her website, Felicia Grace Designs, Felicia began her artistic path as a sculptor working on large-scale cast metal sculptures. “Somewhere along the line my love for large-scale metal work took a very ‘small’ turn and my love for jewelry was born." she writes, "Each piece is a tiny, unique sculpture, allowing me to be constantly creating something completely new.”

Here’s what Felicia has on her bench right now:

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I am currently finishing this Raw Montana Sapphire Sterling Silver Multi-Chain Bracelet. Uncut multi-colored sapphires bezel set and soldered onto sterling rolo chain. The chain almost flows like a river around the natural gemstones. Feels amazing on, with just a bit of weight and a lot of flow!

You can see more of Felicia's "tiny sculptures" at her website, Felicia Grace Designs, and her Etsy shop of the same name. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!

To enter this contest, leave your comment RIGHT HERE in the comments on THIS BLOG POST. 

WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED. 

  1. Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
  2. A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
  3. A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!

Enter and you might be spending an extra 20 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in April—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we talk with three jewelers (from three different continents!) whose work takes inspiration from the clean lines and simple forms of geometry. Shlomit Ofir of Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design, Laura Geupin of SharpCloud, and Jess Jones of FawnAndRose are all creating Etsy Trends We Love –Check it out!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our March Contest!

Feb 19, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every 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, Megan Moss, has won a $20 Rio credit, and March’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop Series: Catching Fire with Jewelry Designer Dana Schneider

Jan 27, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio Grande Winter Workshop 2014 is underway and we are having so much fun with our guests from around the globe! Today Amy chatted with participant Dana Schneider, a jewelry designer whose name is on the minds of every costume designer in the L.A. film scene. Dana’s creations can be seen in multiple films, on television, and are worn by some of the most famous performers in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look and be inspired by Dana’s fun story, then come back all week as we bring you other highlights from Winter Workshop 2014!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our February Contest!

Jan 22, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every 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, Roberta Althiser, has won a $10 Rio credit, and February’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Jewelry for 2014: The Year of the Horse

Jan 1, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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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.

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Thanks for Giving! The Montezuma Ball and Jewelry Artist Shane Hendren’s Generous Spirit

Nov 28, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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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!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our January Contest!

Nov 27, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every 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, Sarah Lewis, has won a $10 Rio credit, and January’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our November Contest!

Oct 31, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every 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, Denise Harrison, has won a $10 Rio credit, and November’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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On the Road with Rio: Susan McDonough on Monhegan Island, Maine

Oct 18, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

On a recent vacation to Monhegan Island, Maine, Molly Therese Bell visited the studio of talented jeweler Susan McDonough. Susan shared her beautiful handmade chains, her tourmaline pendants and rings, and her exquisite 22k granulation work. She told stories about her enchanted island home, and shared her exciting plans to adventure beyond Monhegan to expand her jewelry-making skills.

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