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.
When Phil Poirier designed the Bonny Doon Hammer, he was thinking about the ideal tools for anticlastic and synclastic raising. Since debuting the hammer at last year’s SNAG Conference, we have found that it is capable of much more than that.
Tried Bur-Life® yet? Here are the top five reasons why you must try the original tool lubricant!
We’re constantly adding new items at riogrande.com, and I asked each of Rio’s Product Managers to pick something new (or relatively new) to share with you on The Studio. Come on over to see their picks!
We get such a kick out of some of the product reviews our customers submit on our website. Here’s the first of many posts that highlights five of our favs.
The 2012 Tools & Equipment catalog is out! We hope you’ve enjoyed flipping through it and you’re finding everything you hoped to see and more. We’ve polled the Rio Product Managers who select our tools, and now present the top ten Tools & Equipment catalog pages you should NOT miss!
In 2006, Lauren Tobey opened Meltdown Studio here in Albuquerque, NM. Meltdown is a jewelry school/studio that not only offers jewelry classes, but provides an open studio and workspace for other artists to use. In today’s post, Spencer interviews Lauren about Meltdown Studio and about the mesmerizing and fantastic cuff bracelets she recently made using Swanstrom Disc Cutters.
Metal stamping can be used to add a quality mark to your piece, but you can also stamp your work with an endless array of letters and symbols, or give it memorable flair with your very own signature stamp. In this video, Mark demonstrates stamping techniques and talks about many of the ways stamping can be used to enhance your work. Enjoy!
Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one, the very First Fretz Hammer. . .
Is your jeweler’s bench overflowing with bits and pieces that you aren’t sure how to utilize? Last week at Rio In Motion, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools made inspired use of some demo room scraps with the Swanstrom Spiral Forming Pliers, the Heart-Shaped Disc Cutter, and the Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press. Check out the results and then show us some of your most ingenious scrap-busting projects!
Today’s “Blogs We Love” installment features the blog of Becca Williams and two of her favorite work companions: Albie (her Swanstrom Disc Cutter), and Winnie (her Heart Cutter). Read on and be charmed!