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!
tips & tricks
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!
In today’s video, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools uses the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers to turn 20ga sterling wire rings into a series of attractive interlocking knots. With some jump rings and a clasp, those wire knots become a necklace.
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!
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!
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!
Looking to add a bit of flair to your flamework glass beads? In this video, Mark Nelson shows how simple it is to transform glass beads into fabulous pieces of wearable art using the Beadliner Kit and silver tubing.
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.
BRONZclay™– or any metal clay – can be manipulated with simple tools, Dynasty Stamps, and other found objects to create nearly any texture you can dream up!
In today’s video, Mark Nelson uses a Dynasty Stamp to create a richly-textured pendant.