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Rio Grande’s New TurnAbout™ Metal Displays Offer More than Meets the Eye

May 28, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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I am a mega fan of anything that is multi-functional and/or versatile. If I can do more than one thing with an object, that makes me happy. When I stumble upon such things, I want to tell everyone I know. For instance, while I was searching online for a wireless waterproof speaker, I stumbled upon a shower head with a speaker in it! Heck, why not get both in one shot, right?

One of my proudest finds recently was an art/coffee/Lego table. Best purchase ever!

So, today we are wrapping up the Gems & Findings catalog production and I just wanted to share a new item that I am impressed with for the same reasons listed above. At first glance, these seemed like ordinary metal displays. But upon further examination, I found them to be quite extraordinary.

Metal displays are a popular choice among jewelers for many reasons. The most apparent of which is that they're long lasting and durable. But, what if I told you that you can get metal displays that are also versatile and can easily be taken apart for travel?

Our new TurnAbout™ metal displays offer durability, versatility, and a pleasing-to-the-eye design. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets can be displayed all at once on the combination display:

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TurnAbout Wire and Block Displays are a terrific choice for trade shows, because they're so easy to disassemble for travel.

I also discovered recently that curved edges are subconsciously more pleasing to the eye than squared edges. The curves lead the eyes piece by piece in a nice subtle way, which is exactly what you want your displays to do. And for added versatility, these displays can be ordered in either a black-stained wood or a natural wood clear-finish.

Have you made any great purchases recently that offer you versatility or multi-functions? Does your new find save you time in your jewelry making business? If so, tell us about them!

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Finally! A Calibrated Ring-Sizing System from Tool Designer Kate Wolf

Apr 8, 2014
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Kate Wolf
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It’s been a jeweler’s battle for decades, heck, centuries! Precise and consistent ring sizing. Shouldn’t a size 6 ring always be a size 6 ring—at the showroom counter AND on the bench? So why isn’t it? Because not all sizing tools are created equal. Enter Kate Wolf and her new TRUE-SIZE ring-sizing system where every tool is precision calibrated to every other tool in the system for accuracy and consistency. You’ll never use another sizing system again.

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The Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest!

Mar 24, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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A few weeks ago, Rio Grande released new WHITE COPPRclay™ from Metal Adventures, and the response has been tremendous! To celebrate the design options this clay offers, we are sponsoring a contest, and we invite to you enter by posting your WHITE COPPRclay™ jewelry designs—or expressions of love—to our WHITE COPPRclay™ Pinterest board! For all the details, check out today’s post on The Studio!

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Jewelry Design Options: Mixing COPPRclay and New WHITE COPPRclay

Mar 19, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio recently introduced new WHITE COPPRclay to its line of base metal clays, and every clay artist in the building could hardly wait to work with it. After giving him some time to experiment, we cornered Rio Grande metal clay artist and Tech Team member Thomas Flores and asked him what he’s discovered about this exciting new color of COPPRclay. Read about his experiences today at The Studio.

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Have You Heard? WHITE COPPRclay is Here!

Mar 3, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Have you heard? WHITE COPPRclay™ is here and it’s bringing a mind-blowing new dimensions to designing with base metal clay! Check out our latest post, by clay artist Yvonne M. Padilla, and get the low-down from an expert on this incredible new medium…

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Year in Review: Best New Items of 2013

Dec 30, 2013
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Yvonne M. Padilla

As jewelers, we love our tools and supplies. We cherish our trusty old pliers, torches, gemstones (and a slew of other items), and here at Rio, we are always on the lookout for the newest, latest, and greatest items that we hope that will become a staple at your bench, giving you years of productivity and creative inspiration. Today, on The Studio, check out our list of a few of the coolest new products introduced in 2013.

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“Man, That’s a Hydraulic Hammer!” Bonny Doon’s Urethane Forming Hammers

Sep 23, 2013
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Viqui Sanchez
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When Phil Poirier, of Bonny Doon Engineering, showed his new urethane hammer to Eddie Bell, vice president of manufacturing at Rio Grande, Eddie was immediately excited by its possibilities for jewelry-making and said, “Man, that’s a hydraulic hammer!” Although the Bonny Doon urethane forming hammer does rather look like a colorful plastic hammer, it is actually so much more than that! Take a look at today’s post on The Studio, and see what this dynamo can do for your metal forming!

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JCK Las Vegas 2013: The Recap

Jun 3, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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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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Make Luxurious (and Light!) Jewelry with Aluminum

Dec 17, 2012
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Amy Dalness
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Aluminum has proven to be extremely valuable for its durability and corrosion resistance. This light-weight metal’s bright finish won’t tarnish or oxidize, and it’s hypoallergenic. Oh, and it’s also light on the pocketbook. Find out why you should add aluminum to your jewelry-making repertoire. . .

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Signature Cameos: You’re Gonna Re-Think Cameos (and Maybe You’ll WIN ONE!)

Sep 3, 2012
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Viqui Sanchez
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It seems to me that the line between “art” (what I see in my mind’s eye when I hear the word, anyway) and “jewelry” is the most fuzzy when it comes to cameos. Today, on The Studio, we’re featuring a few very special Signature cameos inspired by the work of artists, Alphonse Mucha and Erwin Pauly. Take a look at these stunning Signature cameos and leave us a comment for a chance to win one for your own collection!

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