In part two of The Studio’s enameling series, MariaElena Baca sheds light on the choice between using a kiln or a torch to fire your enameled pieces. What are the differences between these two enameling methods? What criteria should you use to decide which method is best for you? Enameling 102 covers these questions and more. Come take a look and consider expanding your skills by taking an upcoming enameling class with the incomparable Ronda Coryell!
In this third installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli explains how you can use a vibratory finisher to create the finish you want on your jewelry pieces in less time and for a lower overall cost. Vibratory finishers are ideal for abrasive cut-down processes, as well as for burnishing and polishing tasks. Is a vibratory tumbler right for you? Visit The Studio to take a look at this and ALL of Ashli’s Tumbler Series—her helpful expertise will demystify your tumbling options and guide you to your ideal choice.
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.
We’re sharing our holiday schedule so you can plan ahead—make sure you’ve got your orders placed in plenty of time to make this holiday season a great one!
Social Media is hot, it is growing, and it is changing every day. What does this mean for the jewelry industry? Is it worth investing in such a sprawling, time-consuming endeavor? The answer is Yes! Today, The Studio is thrilled to have a contribution from entrepreneur extraordinaire Nina Cooper of Nina Designs. This is the first in an ongoing series of posts from Nina and we hope that, after reading it, you’ll be inspired to take your business to the next level by diving into social media!
You hear the term “branding” a lot when talking to businesses whether they are large or small. What is your brand? Why is branding important? How can you brand yourself and your business? It is difficult, if not downright impossible, to be a successful entrepreneur anymore unless you have an established brand look, feel, image, logo, marketing materials, and product. Read today’s Business Know-How with Marlene Richey to get the branding nitty gritty and then start building your brand!
Did you know that many of the base metal products offered by Rio Grande are sustainable, made from reclaimed and recycled material? It’s true, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to share that news with other jewelry-makers who care, as we do, about this issue. Take a look at today’s post to find out more!
In this second installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli shares her favorite things about Rotary Tumblers. Rotary tumblers are a great, economical way to mass-process jewelry and eliminate the need to work parts individually. They are excellent for burnishing jewelry in hard-to-reach areas, burnishing metal clay creations, removing tarnish from most jewelry, as well as performing abrasive cut-down and polishing processes. Rotary tumblers are simple to use and create some remarkable jewelry finishes with far less effort.
Until now, jewelers sometimes found working with rhodium plating solutions to be challenging because of the fairly precise settings needed to ensure a crisp, bright-white, professional result. But, have you heard? Legor® and MIDAS® have combined their expertise in metals and plating, respectively, to create a rhodium plating solution that makes the plating process far easier while delivering results that are brighter, whiter and more dependable.
There are dozens of ways that you can promote your products, or yourself as an artist, without all the technical mumbo jumbo that most people associate with search engine marketing. Today, on The Studio, Rio marketing genius Arien Gessner shows you a great option that is ideal for selling jewelry—Google Merchant Center.
There are five distinct categories for jewelry makers who generate income from their skills. Once you have an instinct for which segment of the jewelry industry best defines your work, then you will know which shows to enter, what periodicals you should be reading or advertising in, what market is best suited for you, and what to expect from the market and your customers. In today’s helpful post, Marlene continues to share business know-how and wisdom. What category do you belong in? How will this knowledge change your business?
Shine up your jewelry pieces quickly and easily using a magnetic finisher. Did you know a magnetic finisher takes half the time of a traditional rotary tumbler with stainless steel shot? Magnetic finishers are extremely fast and efficient, offer a great way to remove tarnish and other soils, contaminants, and debris that may be caught in recesses, details, undercuts and other hard-to-reach areas of your work. They are also a simple way to create a shiny finish.