Joe Silvera, of the Silvera Jewelry School, was here at Rio Grande in August to teach a class on soldering gold-and silver-filled metals for our Summer Workshop Series. Heather Apodaca joined Joe’s 2-day class and learned to make a simple ring project using faceted round wire. In today’s post, Heather shares step-by-step instructions for making this simple eye-catching ring!
Anodizing is a simple and fun way to add color to your niobium work. What, you don’t work in niobium?? Why not? Niobium is hypoallergenic and naturally silver-gray with an extraordinary capacity to take on color using nothing more than a micro anodizer and a cup of electrolyte.
Ashli Brooke Taylor created her Baroque-inspired Copper Pendant using the Bonny Doon hydraulic press. This innovative and powerful tool allowed her to direct all hydraulic energy on the design rather than expending her own physical energy on forming the metal with a hammer. After you see Ashli’s beautiful results, you’ll be asking yourself what YOU can do with a Bonny Doon!
In today’s video, see how to easily add touches of 22 karat gold to your PMC and other silver designs with Aura 22 Gold Solution. The result is a permanent, natural, fluid-looking layer of gold that is substantially thicker than electroplating.
Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing three necklace projects from Rio’s Winter Fashion Trends Project page. These necklaces hearken back to the black and white style of the Roaring ’20s. In long lengths, they swing on dancers, sway in casual conversation, and accentuate the neck of the wearer, already fashionably exposed by the short, sassy bob hairstyle of the era. Be inspired by these and ALL the projects on our Fashion Trends webpage and see where they take your own designs!
Sometimes the very place where a gemstone would go is the place where a jeweler puts another kind of gem instead: a resin medium that holds mementos, art, and keepsakes. Today’s blog post features three resin projects, all available free on the jewelry making project page of Rio’s website. Our own Shelby Chant shows us how much fun it can be to create elegant and one-of-a-kind resin jewelry.
Lately I’ve found myself drawn to funky, chunky base metal designs. The warm hues of brass, bronze, and copper have been calling my name. Maybe it’s the fall chill in the air. Maybe it’s just a change in personal preference. But I’ve been scouring etsy.com in search of new pieces and ideas. So rather than sharing just one Etsy store we love this time, thought I would share several of my favorites.
Bronze is a great alloy to use for creating musical tones, and BRONZclay makes it a snap to achieve a wide range of tones by allowing you to easily mold and manipulate the thickness and shape of your metal. . .
We are pleased to present this project, excerpted from Nancy Megan Corwin’s book, Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern. In the book, Ms. Corwin takes the reader on a marvelous tour of chasing and repousse, including the tools, techniques, and history behind this vibrant artform…