In this clip from volume 2 of Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming with Bill Fretz, Bill shares great hammering technique and demonstrates planishing with the Fretz HMR-1 Hammer and the Fretz anvils. . .
We all need to adapt to the shifting markets for silver, gold, and platinum. Find out what Rio is doing to make buying metals easier and more affordable…
The perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves jewelry! Vintage Jewelry Design chronicles 10 decades of jewelry fashion and culture.
G. Phil Poirier from Bonny Doon Engineering came to Rio recently to teach us the basics of using his hydraulic presses. Join us for Rio in Motion in January and learn firsthand what makes these presses so cool!
One of the newest and best features on RioGrande.com is now here – your own voice! Find out how easy it is to share your opinion on any product we carry.
Since it’s customary to celebrate the first anniversary with paper, we asked Denise Wright, the Product Manager for our display and packaging line to share one of her favorite paper products. . .
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!
Our goal each and every year is to pack our catalog with everything you need to create great things. To make shopping easy. To provide all the information about our products so you can be sure you’ll get what you need. To share helpful tips and tricks. To inspire you. Tell us what you think!
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. . .