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Rio Grande vs. the Forces of Evil: Protect Yourself with Jewelry Tools

Oct 29, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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All Hallow’s Eve is upon us! A mere two days until the dead rise, the coffins empty, the werewolves go feral, and the costumed-children come to steal your hard-earned candy. So when the ghosts, ghouls, and greedy teenagers (who, let’s be honest, are way too old to be getting free candy) descend upon your doorstep, what can one jewelry-maker do to make it through the night?

Never fret, true believer: Rio is here for you, and we’ve got a frightening number of products that’ll keep you safe and sound during the vicious monster onslaught!

A howling THANK YOU to Yvonne, our resident Good Witch and very favorite crusader in the night, for her willingness to put up with me tagging along during her daily pre-Halloween patrol.

Yvonne and her most commonly used armaments: the modern jeweler’s equivalent of the pitchfork and torch

ZOMBIES

When there’s no room in the ground and the undead walk the earth, it can put quite a damper on your Wednesday. Luckily, our Solid Wood Round Bracelet Mandrel makes for an excellent cudgel.

With a firm grip around its base, this mandrel can be wielded as a fine club, and the multiple available sizes means that you can arm yourself, no matter how big or small your mitts.

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Yvonne goes on the offensive when Zombie Sessin and Zombie Gregg begin to beg for brains

VAMPIRES

While traditional bloodsuckers struggle against the wooden stake through the heart, contemporary ones are easily dispatched with stakes of any kind, regardless of material (I assume the change happened when they got all…sparkly). Luckily, our Large Sinusoidal Stake is a wonderful way to destroy the cursed empty vessel that is the vampire body!

 

TOOL IN ACTION:

The only time Yvonne’s stake misses its target? When she doesn’t want to ruin the awesome Ghostbusters t-shirt.

WEREWOLVES

Whether an actual werewolf or the weird guy down the street with the back hair who’s always listening to Eddie Money, lupine creatures can present a challenge. Though they only manifest themselves during a full moon, their legendary weakness to silver bullets makes for a tough defense strategy—who’s got silver bullets just sitting around?

Therefore, we cast our own. The Neutec/USA GrainPro machine is the industry standard for  making casting grain that's clean, perfect and, well, to DIE FOR— and it makes for a great addition to your workshop/armory.

TOOL IN ACTION:

She’s so excited, she’s even making the hand gestures!

So there you have it: a few examples of Yvonne’s go-to ghoul-dispatchers. We at Rio are here to help with everything and anything, including the best defenses against the supernatural things that go bump in the night.

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A Shameless Display of Affection: The Pets of Rio Grande (and a Giveaway!)

Aug 9, 2012
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Everyone knows how much we love jewelry, but did you know that we’re mighty fond of animals of all stripes? See some of Rio’s best friends…and be one of ten people who win a custom-made nametag for YOUR animal!

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Gold & Subterfuge: Tales of the Seamy Side of Gold

Jun 13, 2012
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The thing about gold, is that mankind has been entranced and seduced by it through all the ages. For a change of pace, today on The Studio, we’re sharing a couple of great stories about the seamy side of gold!

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Buckle Up: Nintendo Nostalgia Meets Fashion

May 3, 2012
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Yvonne M. Padilla

On a recent silly day, I was chatting with fellow blog contributor Spencer Baum, and Spencer said that he “would totally wear” a belt buckle made out of a Nintendo game controller. Without even thinking about it, I piped up and said “Hey! I’ll make one for you!” The conversation got sillier and the ideas got bigger. And before I knew it, I had volunteered to make not one, but TWO belt buckles – one for Spencer and one for his son, Rowan. Come over to The Studio and check them out!

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Diamonds: CURSED!

Apr 13, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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Happy Friday the 13th! Are you a superstitious sort? If so, you may want to acquaint yourself with a little bit of history about three famously cursed diamonds. After all, you never know when a TAINTED jewel may find its way to your bench…

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Rio Grande’s Jewelry Haiku Contest – The Winners!

Apr 14, 2011
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Last week, Rio’s blog group stepped into a conference room, closed the door, and read your jewelry haikus. More than 150 entries in all, ranging from beautiful to witty to hysterical. How could we possibly pick just one?? We couldn’t. There were so many amazing entries, we felt compelled to give out multiple prizes. We broke your haikus into different categories, and have awarded a winner (or in one case, winners) for each category. . .

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar 17, 2011
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It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! We love an excuse to do some rhyming, and since we didn’t have any snakes to drive out of the building, we encouraged our fellow associates here at Rio to whip up a ditty or two for your reading pleasure. If we are a bit self-indulgent, please forgive us!

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Is It Just Me?

Jan 24, 2011
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Take a look!

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