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Education at Rio Grande: PMC and Intermediate Stone-Setting Classes Coming in May

Mar 26, 2014
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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. Don’t let a lack of knowledge hold you back.

Here in Albuquerque, Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Three classes will be offered this May. And as of today, there are openings. Read on, then register before these classes fill up!

Beginning PMC

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Learn Beginning PMC with Yvonne M. Padilla, who will teach PMC projects using this “Turkish Mosaic” Dynasty Stamp texture sheet.

On May 1, take Beginning PMC with Rio Grande’s longtime PMC expert, award-winning jewelry artist and author of Bronze Metal Clay, Yvonne M. Padilla. In Beginning PMC, Yvonne will lead you through using molds, texturing your PMC, forming custom bails, and preparing for firing. She will walk you through the firing process and post-fire finishing techniques. She’ll even teach you how to correct mistakes! This class is appropriate for jewelry makers who have never worked with PMC as well as those who would like to refresh and solidify their PMC skills. Read more about Beginning PMC and register on our website. And get to know Yvonne by reading her Rio Superstar Spotlight, from last November, here on The Studio.

PMC Certification

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PMC Certification instructor Barbara Becker Simon’s award-winning Mandala won 1st place in the Metal Clay category of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Awards.

Stay a few more days and take PMC Certification on May 2-4 with Barbara Becker Simon. Barbara’s an award-winning jewelry artist, author, and PMC virtuoso. Visit her on Pinterest and be amazed by her talent with PMC and other materials. She’s also on the cover of the April/May/June issue of Metal Clay Artist magazine!

In PMC Certification, Barbara will test your proficiency in PMC and teach you about stamping, carving, simple tool-making, gem-setting, building a hollow form, embellishing beads, patterning, texturing, mold-making, slip-making, ring-sizing, rehydrating PMC, and creating surface finishes. Students who gain certification leave this class equipped with advanced skills and knowledge. This class will prepare you to teach PMC classes and to incorporate PMC into your own work, not to mention you’ll enjoy the benefit of discounts on more than 1,000 products as a member of the Rio Rewards program. Read more about PMC Certification and register on our website.

Intermediate Stone-Setting

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In Intermediate Stone-Setting, get the skills you need to increase the "wow!" factor of your designs!

On May 15 and 16, Intermediate Stone-Setting will take your skills to the next level. Students review the basic stone-setting process and refine their skills to move on to more advanced techniques including channel setting, pavé setting, Gypsy (flush mounting), as well as bead- and bright-cutting (a wonderful technique for setting diamonds). If you have not taken a beginning stone-setting class but wish to take this one, we highly recommend that you have good Flex Shaft skills, including being very comfortable with drilling holes and using burs. Read more about Intermediate Stone Setting and register on our website.

So, take the plunge and visit us here at Rio Grande to increase your jewelry-making skills! You’ll be glad you did. In fact, check out all of Rio Grande's classes. And remember to bring two suitcases to Albuquerque: one for your clothes and another, larger one for the supplies you’ll carry home with you. Let us know if you have questions by leaving a comment right here at The Studio.

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Education at Rio Grande: See Where PMC Can Take You!

Oct 9, 2013
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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!

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In Anticipation of Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA 2013: Diagonal Fold Ring Project with Sara Jayne Cole

Sep 30, 2013
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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!

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC Classes for Everyone!

Sep 19, 2013
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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.

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Firing a Kiln Is Very Expensive! True or False?

Sep 2, 2013
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“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.

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Firebrick Kiln or Fiber Kiln? Discover the Difference

Aug 21, 2013
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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.

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How to Choose the Right Jewelry-Making Kiln

Aug 14, 2013
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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 Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our August Contest!

Jul 25, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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!

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Saul Bell Design Award Winner Gordon K. Uyehara

May 22, 2013
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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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Tales of the Heart Competition Winners Announced!

Feb 20, 2013
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The Tales of the Heart Competition has proved, yet again, that the creative potential of PMC is limited only by the imagination. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the competition challenged artists to create an original work of art from PMC and gave them just one constraint—every piece must incorporate a heart.

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