Would you like to learn more about gold casting options? Today, The Studio is featuring an Eddie’s Tips article that sheds light on the difference between using gold casting grain –already alloyed to the desired color and karat –and alloying fine gold and master alloy yourself for more flexibility and a lower inventory investment. Check it out!
tips & tricks
Have you heard? Our Tech Support team is on Facebook! And every Tuesday they share tips, tricks, and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Today’s collected tidbits are gems, so be sure to head over to The Studio and bring a pencil to take some notes!
Top-drilled? Side-drilled? Up-drilled? Down-drilled? What the heck?? Every jewelry-related website seems to have its own way of defining or describing how a bead is drilled. Here’s a quick visual guide to how Rio Grande describes its drill styles. We hope it helps you quickly find the style you want.
Here at Rio, we’ve created an empowered workplace operating within a common set of principles. So we’ve got a challenging yet supportive environment sharing a common set of values, but what about the tools that make our culture work? Effective feedback is among our most useful (and most used) tools around here. In today’s post, Mark shares 11 framing techniques for giving feedback. Try them and tell us what you think!
The unique properties of Argentium® silver distinguish it from traditional sterling silver, but despite all the advantages that it offers, many jewelers are hesitant to give it a try. In today’s post, Cynthia Eid –an Argentium® silver master, shares encouragement, tips, and examples of what’s possible with this innovative alloy.
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. . .
It is a tremendous time-saver to have the right tools within reach, but how does one sort through so many plier and cutter choices? In this video, Mark Nelson walks us through basic plier and cutter options and then he gets into some of the coolest specialty pliers.
Creating a beautiful jewelry display can be just as challenging as creating the jewelry itself! We talked to a longtime local jewelry shop about the display ideas that keep their foot traffic high year after year.
It caught my eye one day in early 2010, when an article by the Associated Press (AP) revealed that it had obtained children’s jewelry containing a lot of cadmium, a heavy metal that’s considered a hazardous substance by the U.S. government. While I knew that jewelers would want to ensure that children were protected, they also run businesses and needed to have clarity on what tests were needed and what the limits were. . .
How does a jeweler know that he/she is choosing the right solder or flux for the job? There are so many confusing details related to soldering, brazing, and fluxes that I thought I’d ask our resident expert Mark Nelson to help me sort things out. . .
Our own Yvonne Padilla uses molding compound and carving wax to create textures from inspiration she finds everywhere. In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates this exciting method for trasferring texture to metal clay pieces:
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. . .