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Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu of Hsu Studios are in the spotlight at The Studio today. See how they create pieces with lively movement and vibrant color by turning anodized aluminum into contemporary jewelry, wall art, and mobiles.

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In this fourth installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, she introduces us to Avalon Centrifugal tumblers. Avalon tumblers are easy to operate and provide a remarkably quick and consistent jewelry finish. They also eliminate media impingement (surface deformation or dimpling) that can be caused by certain media in other finishers. Check out this and ALL of Ashli’s tumbler posts to find the right tumbler for your needs!

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.

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.

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.

Looking to inject some vivid color into your jewelry-making process? Get the information you need to dive into anodizing niobium and titanium from this terrific step-by-step video with Bill Seeley, anodizing guru and founder of Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.

You may not know that the same eco-friendly technology that gives jewelry makers and jewelry lovers alike products such as Intercept Technology™ Tarnish Tamers and other tarnish protection products had a major role in keeping the Statue of Liberty looking her best as she shines brightly over New York Harbor.

This weekend, I attended my first JCK show—and wow, was there a lot to take in. Rio Grande’s booth was chock-full of tools and equipment—and the “Rio Superstars” who demonstrated them to scores of interested individuals asking, “So, how does this work?” The air was filled with the great energy of questions, sharing, and “ah-ha!” moments.

There are myriad ways to add color to your work, including finishing your metals, and there are so many metals and textured finishes to choose from, such as PMC in silver, bronze, copper, and gold. Check out these inspiring color palettes and then get busy creating your own color masterpieces!

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