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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Stay Tuned for Our Special May Contest!

Apr 24, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Well folks, it's that time again! Each month we ask the question, "What Are You Working on Now?" and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love to see inside your studios and hear about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in The Studio spotlight, wins a $20 Rio credit!

This month’s winner is Alex Anderson, a metalsmith and artist who lives in Mendocino, CA. Here are a few words from Alex's website,  "As a child I grew up in a house full of antiques; books, furniture, buttons, pictures, and various heirlooms passed down from generation to generation....I am interested in taking everyday objects, such a tape measure, a stamp, or a porcelain doll and elevating them to a height of importance and preciousness."

Here's what's on Alex's bench right now:

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I am working on a new honeycomb series, fabricated from Sterling Silver, 23k Keum Boo (materials from Rio Grande!), and Resin.

Alex's Website, Alex Anderson, features lots of interesting pieces including some unique reuse of vintage game pieces and scrimshaw like I've never seen before. Here are a few of Alex's pieces:

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Clockwise from bottom left: "Game Piece Earrings", Sterling Silver, Vintage Wooden Game Pieces; "One Carrot Ring", Sterling Silver, Vintage Mah Jongg tile, Scrimshaw; "Life Games II (Don't Lose Your Glasses)", Sterling Silver, Vintage Mah Jong Tile, Scrimshaw, Bone

We'll announce our next What Are You Working On Now? contest here at The Studio on May 1. It'll be a little different from usual, but it'll be GREAT—so, be sure to check in on May 1 for all the details!

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Aug 5, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

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Yvonne M. Padilla

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Feb 6, 2012
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Is your jeweler’s bench overflowing with bits and pieces that you aren’t sure how to utilize? Last week at Rio In Motion, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools made inspired use of some demo room scraps with the Swanstrom Spiral Forming Pliers, the Heart-Shaped Disc Cutter, and the Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press. Check out the results and then show us some of your most ingenious scrap-busting projects!

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Nov 2, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

After I watched last week’s premiere episode of Project Accessory, which challenged contestants to transform junk into wearable art, I was reminded of a totally inspiring project with Mark Nelson, where he uses found objects and unconventional techniques to embellish wood bangles. . .

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Amy Dalness
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Since paper is the traditional gift for a one-year anniversary, it seemed fitting to create a piece of jewelry using paper as a tribute to The Studio’s first year as Rio’s blog. Paper is a fun and versatile medium, though not one often thought of when it comes to making jewelry. But with some funky bezel-cup earrings, a Raindrop resin kit. . .

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Molly Therese Bell

Littlefly, by London artist Jeremy May is a collection of “literary jewels.” May creates his one-of-a-kind treasures by precisely cutting from the interiors of old books and then sculpting layered pages through a process of compression and lacquering. . .

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Molly Therese Bell

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Jewelers for Japan

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Kevin Whitmore
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Rio Grande has joined a new and much needed fundraising organization set up to help the victims of March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Instead of just asking for direct donations, Jewelers for Japan is asking members of the jewelry trade to donate their gold and silver scrap. Simply send in your scrap to Rio Grande, and we will refine it and turn over all proceeds to the Red Cross for the relief effort to Japan. . .

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Bernadette Webb
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Currently, the precious metal market—especially silver—is not favorable to jewelers who often use these metals in their creations. Jewelers are seeking new trends that incorporate alternate metals such as bronze, stainless steel, titanium, etc. One trend we recently highlighted…

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