Until now, jewelers sometimes found working with rhodium plating solutions to be challenging because of the fairly precise settings needed to ensure a crisp, bright-white, professional result. But, have you heard? Legor® and MIDAS® have combined their expertise in metals and plating, respectively, to create a rhodium plating solution that makes the plating process far easier while delivering results that are brighter, whiter and more dependable.
The Now That’s a Jig!™ wire-wrapping system, invented by jewelry artist and wire wrangler Brenda Schweder, is an ingenious tool that gives you consistent, smooth wire-wrapped results every time. You can create gorgeous, original chain links, ear wires, clasps, and more using this amazing stay-put jig. In today’s video project, Brenda demonstrates how to use the jig to create components for a striking Phlox motif bracelet.
Saw frames. At first glance one looks very similar to the next. But, there are several features that you should consider before purchasing one. Whether you’re new to sawing or you’re a seasoned pro, Yvonne M. Padilla shares her knowledge about saw frames so that you can choose the right one for every jewelry making project.
Designed by Bill Fretz, the Fretz Jeweler’s Sledge Hammer is ideal for forging heavy wire, rod, or sheet. Today, on The Studio, Bill makes a striking twist forged bracelet using his workhorse sledge hammer.
“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.
Burs come in different metals, shapes, and sizes. But which one is best for your job? Come with Rio Grande as we explore the world of burs in part one of a two-part series.
In this third installment of Rio’s video series on soldering, Mark Nelson guides you through various torch types, arming you with information that can help you choose the best torch system for your specific job!
Rio Grande recently began offering a wider variety of rose gold and gold-filled findings and has added a line of pink gold and gold-filled sheet and wire. At the same time, though, Rio is not offering any pink gold solders, and customers have been looking for them to use with their pink gold jewelry designs. But, wait, Rio is all about carrying whatever the jewelry makers need or want to do their work more conveniently and easily . . . what gives?
You may not know that the same eco-friendly technology that gives jewelry makers and jewelry lovers alike products such as Intercept Technology™ Tarnish Tamers and other tarnish protection products had a major role in keeping the Statue of Liberty looking her best as she shines brightly over New York Harbor.
Swarovski has announced its new Advanced Crystal—a virtually lead-free crystal. Designers everywhere are recognizing the now-expanded uses for the coveted crystals. To clear out old inventory, Rio Grande has placed hundreds of crystals in a sale called “Gettin’ the Lead Out.”
Everyone’s abuzz with excitement about our latest class, CAD with 3Design! 3Design isn’t your regular, run-of-the-mill computer-aided drafting program. 3Design was created by jewelers for jewelers, which makes it easy and fun to use. Rio’s three-day class—taught by David Swallow, a specialist in 3D modeling and design—covers the basics to help you get started in this new, dynamic way of designing jewelry.
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.