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PMC® Flex™, the latest innovation in metal clay from Mitsubishi Materials, gives you the luxury of time. Take your time as you work, roll, cut, shape this fine silver metal clay. The clay feels and behaves like other PMC varieties, it just lets you take advantage of a much longer working time—weeks, if need be! Find out more in the latest post at The Studio, Rio Grande’s blog.


Have you ever been disappointed to find that the end product of your jewelry design did not quite live up to what you had envisioned? Consider this: The more techniques you have at your disposal, the more satisfied you’ll be with your results. Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Read about three such classes coming up in May and then register before they fill up!


There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to PMC! Take a look at the inspiring PMC projects we’ve featured on the blog today and then check out the PMC classes that are scheduled for the end of October/beginning of November here at Rio Grande. There are still a few seats available—so hurry and sign up!


This week, the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention 2013 is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico. OrigamiUSA will take place October 3 – 7, and Sara Jayne Cole, a PMC origami expert and guest contributor here at The Studio, will be teaching there. In anticipation of this exciting event, we are re-posting a book excerpt of Sara Jayne’s Diagonal Fold Ring project. Follow the step-by-step instructions as a great introduction to Metal Clay origami!


Rio Grande offers PMC (precious metal clay) classes for the beginner as well as the advanced PMC artist. If you’re not familiar with PMC, you’ve got to check it out! This medium can be formed, rolled, carved, filed and then fired (in a kiln or with a torch). Coming up this fall, we will be offering two PMC classes in Albuquerque at Rio Grande. Join us! You’ll enhance your skills and leave the classroom wondering why you didn’t take these classes sooner­­­­.


“Firing is very expensive!” We hear this pretty often. Hmm . . . is it true or false? In this post, find out the truth, and find out how to figure out for yourself how much any given firing program will cost you based on your kiln, your media of choice, and your volume of work.


You’ve seen both kinds out there, no doubt. Kilns with firebrick interiors and kilns with ceramic fiber interiors–which is better for your metal clay work? Find out the differences between them and the benefits and drawbacks for each, based on the kind of firing you do in your studio or shop.


Once you’re armed with some know-how about choosing a jewelry-making kiln, making a good buying decision becomes so much easier, and you can be far more confident in your decision. In this post, we look at seven of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re thinking about—or shopping for—a new kiln.

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What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Glenda Skarie, has won a $10 Rio credit, and August’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!


The countdown continues…we’re just a couple of weeks away from recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at JCK Las Vegas. Today, we’re catching up with metal clay artist and two-time winner Gordon K. Uyehara.

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