The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremely tight on really big diamonds. Consider buying diamonds in off-target carat sizes to get more value! Our diamond experts are are always eager to help you find the best stone for your needs. Learn more about diamond demand & supply. . .
Shibuichi is a low-silver alloy that’s getting some buzz in the metalsmithing community. As you might guess from the name, it is a Japanese term. It translates to “one fourth,” which is a reference to the traditional Japanese alloy mixture that historically has been composed of 25% silver and 75% copper. Back in the days of the Samurai, Shibuichi was used to make ornaments for the katana (Samurai sword). . .
Have you seen the riveting tool yet? The Crafted Findings Riveting Tool is a great cold connection solution. Check it out!
Silver-filled products are all-new and there are plenty of questions about them. Here are a few that the rest of the Rio Technical Support team and I have fielded in recent days, based on our own use of this cool stuff!
Earlier this year I was hearing from all of the above sources, that we needed a better tool to hold onto bracelet mandrels with tangs. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones who saw the need. At the same time that I was out looking for such a tool, a bay area jeweler was busy inventing one!
In the early 90s I created a line of jewelry which used anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired me to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes which would form the shapes I needed. . .
Do you ever wish you had a the skills to drill deep holes, very straight? In this post, Eddie shares a great method he learned from expert machinist and fellow Rio associate, Jeff Zirwas. . .
What’s the best way to showcase a piece of jewelry fresh off the bench? Add shine and a gleaming finish to your work by polishing, burnishing, or tumbling. . .
With a Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet, and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring from a sheet of mokumé gane, the Japanese alloy metal made with several layers of gold, silver, and copper. . .
The jeweler’s saw is a fundamental jewelry-making tool. It’s one of the first and most important tools found on every jeweler’s bench. At the same time this tool is different for each jeweler. If you take a quick look at the Rio Tools catalog you’ll see over two pages of jeweler’s saw frames, and a veritable sea of saw blades. How is a jeweler to decide?
We were thrilled when Phil Poirier bought Bonny Doon Engineering in 2006, not only because his career as both a jeweler and a tool-maker made him the perfect person to take over Bonny Doon, but also because his workshop is in Taos, New Mexico, just a few hours north of us. We’ve made a habit of dropping in on his facility every once in awhile, and we try to bring a video camera with us, when we go.
Over the years, Bill Fretz has attended many trade shows and demonstrated all the different Fretz hammers and their uses. At those shows, he’s answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. In this post, Bill outlines how his enormously popular planishing, raising, and embossing hammers can be used for terrific results…