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Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Top-of-the-Line Jewelry Tumble-Finishing with Avalon

Feb 24, 2014
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Avalon TE-6 Wet and Dry Centrifugal Tumbler

Avalon TE-6 Wet and Dry Centrifugal Tumbler

Avalon Centrifugal tumblers provide fast, superior jewelry finish and eliminate media impingement (surface deformation or dimpling) that can be caused by certain media in other finishers. The bowl in an Avalon centrifugal tumbler has a tapered shape that creates a vortex-like motion, increasing contact of the media with the pieces and providing a faster, more efficient finish. They are extremely quiet and available in various sizes.

The vortex-like action in an Avalon tumbler

Avalon’s exceptional design is available in models suitable for a high production environment (see the Avalon TE-18), as well as in models suitable for small and medium-sized shops (see the TE-6 and TE-6HD). Available for either wet or dry finishing, Avalon centrifugal tumblers significantly cut processing time and deliver beautifully finished jewelry products. Avalon centrifugal tumblers allow you set the speed, time, and direction of the media and are programmable, which allows you to store your personal preferences.

With the Wet TE-6, you can manually control the amount of solution that flows through the system, where the TE-6HD and the TE-18 have the Avalon dosing pump. The dosing pump provides fine control over the amount of solution used in the flow-through process. The wet tumblers run abrasive media, such as ceramic or plastic, to debur and smooth your pieces and can also run burnishing media, such as porcelain and polished ceramic, to achieve a burnished shiny finish for a pre polish step. As for the dry TE centrifugal tumblers, they are equipped with an air blower that prevents media from entering the gap and clogging the rotor, keeping the tumbler running efficiently. The dry tumblers run dry polishing media, such as walnut and other impregnated dry media, creating a beautiful polish on the metal.

Avalon centrifugal tumblers are some of the best tumblers on the market. They are easy to operate and provide a remarkably quick and consistent finish. In fact, we love Avalon tumblers so much that we use them in-house here at Rio Grande! Give Rio a call today and let me or one of my Tech teammates help you find the tumbler that best suits your mass finishing needs!

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Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Great Vibrations—Efficient and Effective Jewelry Finishing with a Vibratory Tumbler

Jan 20, 2014
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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.

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Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Effective, Economical Finishing with Rotary Tumblers

Nov 14, 2013
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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.

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Plate Brilliantly with Ultrabright Rhodium Solution from MIDAS®

Nov 4, 2013
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Viqui Sanchez
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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.

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Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Create an Irresistibly Attractive Finish with a Magnetic Finisher!

Oct 4, 2013
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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.

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Video How-To with Bill Seeley: Anodizing Titanium and Niobium

Aug 28, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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.

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Lady Liberty Goes—er, Stays—Green

Jul 4, 2013
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Alex Schexnayder
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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.

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JCK Las Vegas 2013: The Recap

Jun 3, 2013
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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.

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A Feast For the Eyes: Color Fun for Jewelry Making!

May 6, 2013
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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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For the Blackest Black: Kliar E-Coating Extreme Black

Mar 21, 2013
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It’s finally here, Kliar Extreme Black E-Coating! Now you can achieve a really dark jet-black finish on your pieces. If Kliar Black is the little black dress of jewelry, this Kliar Extreme Black is the black leather catsuit of jewelry!

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