In today’s post, Marlene Richey challenges you to take a good, long, honest look at yourself and decide if you are cut out for starting a business and what skills could use improvement. Read on to find out what you should consider BEFORE you choose to become your own boss. . .
tips & tricks
Andy, a self-professed “non-jeweler,” dives into a Beginning PMC class by the one and only Yvonne M. Padilla. What will he create?
In this video, Tim Sheriff, shows you step-by-step how to create an eye-catching sterling silver bead cage custom-sized to your standard-size marble using the Swanstrom link-forming pliers. Enjoy!
When the idea first hits that you would like to sell some of your hand-crafted jewelry, it seems like a natural progression from taking your hobby, passion, art, and skills to the next step: A business. You are creating so many wonderful pieces and all your friends and family have more than enough jewelry to last a couple of lifetimes. Since everyone loves your work, you think, why not start selling it? In today’s post, Marlene Richey gives you an exciting challenge that will start you on the road to business success: Answer ten questions that will help you define and clarify your jewelry-business goals!
We pay a lot of attention to making beautiful jewelry, but a piece can only look as appealing as the photographs that are taken of it. Here are a few photography tips from our in-house experts to help improve the look of your work in print (or on screen)!
Basic Stone Setting is the first jewelry class I took when I started working here at Rio. I remember the challenge of working with calibrated round and oval stones and wondering how difficult it would be to prong-set an uncalibrated or odd-shaped stone. Well, I have exciting news: Rio is manufacturing freeform ring and component mountings for odd-shaped stones. Our own Yvonne Padilla has been trying them out and she loves their simple design and ease of use. For a closer look at these unique mountings, check out today’s post on The Studio!
There are several barrier fluxes on the market, but why not go old-school and mix your own boric acid barrier flux? This mix has been around for a VERY long time and it works great to protect your pieces from oxidizing during soldering. Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson tells you how to make your own!
It’s time for another compilation of Tech Tidbits! Every Tuesday, our Tech Team here at Rio posts juicy little tidbits on Facebook. It’s been way too long since we last shared their tips, tricks, and jewelry trivia on The Studio. Read on to discover some of their latest nuggets of tech gold!
Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson writes: One day, my need to hold a particularly odd piece was too much to ignore, so (necessity being the mother of invention) I figured out a neat way to modify my GRS Benchmate by attaching our universal work holder to it. Here is how I did it (and it cost me less that $20!).
Currently there are more options for gravers and handles than there have ever been. GRS has many versions on the market. But sometimes you just want to know how to get the graver itself into the handle! In today’s post, Mark Nelson offers terrific advice about successful graver handle installation!
Jewelers have been soldering on charcoal blocks as a refectory material for centuries. Although it’s not the only type of soldering block on Mark Nelson’s bench, they have several benefits. In today’s post, Mark covers many of the benefits and drawbacks of this simple, useful tool and shares some tips about how to get the most from your charcoal block!
It’s time for our next installment of Tech Tidbits! In case you haven’t heard, the members of Rio’s Tech Support team have been sharing tips, tricks and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Here are a few of the latest!