In this video, Tim Sheriff, shows you step-by-step how to create an eye-catching sterling silver bead cage custom-sized to your standard-size marble using the Swanstrom link-forming pliers. Enjoy!
Rio’s Diana and Jeff take a trip to one of their favorite vendors, Swanstrom Tools in Wisconsin. Cheese curds, disc cutters and a mad scientist were involved. . .
With a huge list of metal clay artists and teachers, and ten different packages covering four days, the Metal Clay by the Bay conference in San Diego next August is sure to be an exciting and rewarding educational experience. Will you be there?
When the idea first hits that you would like to sell some of your hand-crafted jewelry, it seems like a natural progression from taking your hobby, passion, art, and skills to the next step: A business. You are creating so many wonderful pieces and all your friends and family have more than enough jewelry to last a couple of lifetimes. Since everyone loves your work, you think, why not start selling it? In today’s post, Marlene Richey gives you an exciting challenge that will start you on the road to business success: Answer ten questions that will help you define and clarify your jewelry-business goals!
In today’s post on The Studio, Ashli Brooke Taylor introduces us to Kliar’s Transparent E-Coating solution. This transparent e-coating is a nano-ceramic solution that is tarnish-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and non-yellowing. Kliar Transparent E-Coating will improve the durability of your plated pieces and help maintain their quality.
Rio is excited to announce a brand new blog series written especially for you by Marlene Richey, all-around business-savvy and creativity guru! Marlene offers a well-rounded and much-needed perspective on how being an artist and an entrepreneur can go hand-in-hand and we’re thrilled to have her as a contributor on The Studio!
Our guest writer today is Jeff Herman, an internationally renowned silver restoration and conservation specialist, and founder of the Society of American Silversmiths. Jeff wrote about the PUK04 Arc Welding System, an incredible tool and a huge asset to anyone’s workshop.
You asked for it, you got it: Rio takes PayPal! We wanted to do whatever we could to make it easier for you to shop with us, and now you and every other jeweler worldwide can use PayPal for your tools, supplies, and more!
Jewelry creation and technology go hand-in-hand. Now that so many people have a smart phone, it makes sense that many jewelers do as well. And of course, that means apps! So if you haven’t already, here is a list of apps you can download to turn your smart phone into one of your most useful bench tools.
Currently there are more options for gravers and handles than there have ever been. GRS has many versions on the market. But sometimes you just want to know how to get the graver itself into the handle! In today’s post, Mark Nelson offers terrific advice about successful graver handle installation!
Tried Bur-Life® yet? Here are the top five reasons why you must try the original tool lubricant!
Would you like to learn more about gold casting options? Today, The Studio is featuring an Eddie’s Tips article that sheds light on the difference between using gold casting grain –already alloyed to the desired color and karat –and alloying fine gold and master alloy yourself for more flexibility and a lower inventory investment. Check it out!